4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies
The Moldovan Forum of Women's Organisations includes over 220 organisations aiming at the improvement of women's social status. 18 out of these represent women of various ethnical groups. The National Women's Council and the National Women's Studies and Information Centre help women to adapt to the conditions of a free market economy, they support women to achieve decision-making positions and generally promote feminine values. The Soros Foundation, in co-operation with 18 other NGOs, carries out a programme on gender equality which includes a multitude of activities to address women's specific problems. Organisations like the Women Journalists' Club "Ten Plus", the Association of Aestheticians, the Association of Virtuous Women, the Women's Politics Club 50/50, or the National Association of Women Inventors strive to support women's professional activities in arts, science and technology. They also organise different cultural activities and encourage women to participate in the cultural, social and political life of the country.
While women traditionally hold the majority of memberships in cultural organisations, they occupy only about 5% of all key positions. In the Ministry of Culture, the share of women in decision-making positions amounts to 10%.
For the parliamentary elections to be held on 29 November 2010, the liberal parties included circa 30-40% of women in their lists of candidates.