Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts (EVA)

Stronger society
5,000,000 EUR
UN Women Moldova
2020 - 2022
The Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts Programme aims at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through enhanced implementation of gender mainstreaming in local public policies and combating domestic violence affecting women and children. EVA will support Cahul and Ungheni municipalities and a range of localities from these districts to address the following issues:
  1. Gender equality

  • by strengthening the capacities of local public authorities and civil society organizations in integrating gender dimension into local policies;
  • by supporting the Level I and II LPAs to implement the principles of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life;
  • by raising awareness and educating the population and local CSOs on gender equality and empowering women in local decision-making process.
  1. Preventing and combating domestic violence

  • by strengthening the capabilities of multidisciplinary teams and specialized services;
  • setting up specialist services for victims of sexual violence;
  • enabling survivors of domestic violence to engage in income-generating activities;
  • piloting programs to prevent violence in schools and communities through promoting respectful, equal rights and non-violence between women and men, girls and boys;
  • improving the capacities of local CSOs on promoting women's rights.



  1. Local Public Authorities from Cahul and Ungheni at district, municipal and village level:
  • Presidents and vice-presidents of the district
  • Mayors and deputy mayors
  • Local and district councils
  • Secretaries of the local and district councils
  • Heads of specialized departments (Department of Social Assistance and Family Protection, Department of Education, Department of Economy, Department of Agriculture, Finance Department).
  1. Members of Multidisciplinary Teams at district and mayoralty level from Ungheni and Cahul:
  • Vice-president of the district or mayor
  • Department of Social Assistance and Family Protection
  • Police Inspectorate
  • Department of Education
  • Center/Office of Family Doctors  
  • Services/centers for domestic violence victims and their children protection and centers/services for family perpetrators assistance and counselling
  • Educational institutions (schools).
  1. School communities from Ungheni and Cahul districts:
  • Pupils and pupils’ associations
  • Teachers and teachers’ associations
  • Parents/tutors and parents’ associations
  • School psychologists
  • School nurses.
  1. Civil society organizations from Ungheni and Cahul districts.
  2. The general population of Ungheni and Cahul districts.
  3. Media.



The Programme will produce a two-fold impact in Cahul and Ungheni districts. It will ensure that gender equality is promoted and mainstreamed in local policies and in the decision-making processes; and will increase the access of domestic violence victims to effective survivor-focused multidisciplinary services. 

Special attention will be paid to piloting violence prevention measures in schools and communities addressing this way the negative gender stereotypes and gender-based violence. 

As a result of the EVA Programme, LPAs, local CSOs, media institutions, and the general public will better understand the gender inequality related problems and the consequences of gender-blind decision making at all levels. The LPAs will develop inclusive, evidence-based policies and budgets and will understand the benefits of adopting the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. A range of local initiatives will be implemented to promote women’s sustainable participation in political, economic and social life, including in the decision-making process in relevant areas. 

The Programme will establish a specialist service for the victims of sexual violence based on the examples from the EU Member States and will ensure that the multidisciplinary teams in Cahul and Ungheni are better prepared to assist and offer effective support to women and children victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Improved data collection systems at the local level will be used by the service providers to develop evidence-based interventions on tackling violence against women and children.  

Programme Manager: Polina Panainte,


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