The Chairs of the Committees of Equal Opportunities of the General Assembly and the Senate, MPs, NGOs and representatives of the academic environment and the private environment agreed, on May 8, a four-point Joint Resolution on Supporting Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Romania, in the period 2017-2020.
During the conference, as well as during the four working sessions that followed, the speakers and the participants as well pointed out that although in the last 15 years, during the pre-accession period and then as a member of the European Union, Romania registered many progresses in the field of equal opportunities, the phenomenon of domestic violence, as well as discrimination and gender inequality at all levels (work, education and access to decision-making, roles and stereotypes in the family) are still everyday reality. They all concluded that it is necessary to make all decision-makers at the level of the Romanian society accountable for the improvement of the legal framework. It should reflect concrete measures to achieve de facto equality between women and men and combat domestic violence and against women.
Therefore, at the end of the event, all participants agreed to support a Resolution with a number of concrete objectives.
At International and European level, the issue of gender equality is tackled in an integrated manner with domestic violence and violence against women. Romania continues to face the phenomenon of domestic violence and with discrimination and gender inequality at all levels. These arise in particular in the fields of: work, education and access to decision-making, as well as the maintenance of roles and responsibilities of stereotypes in the family. It is the responsibility of all decision-makers at the level of the Romanian society to support all efforts endeavors in this regard. It is especially necessary to improve the legal framework, which should reflect concrete measures to achieve de facto equality between women and men and to combat domestic violence and violence against women.
We, members of the Romanian Parliament, the Government of Romania, representatives of the business environment, of the academic environment, representatives of civil society, participants in the National Conference on “Gender Equality: Test for Democracy”, organized by the Parliament of Romania, on May 8, 2017, we commit, within the limits of the mandate and mission of the institution we represent, to supporting the following concrete objectives:
- Adoption and implementation of the draft normative acts necessary for the transposition of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention, with priority being given to the adoption in 2017 of the draft Law amending and completing the Law no. 217/2003 on the prevention and combating of domestic violence, republished.
- Adoption of legislative proposals on the introduction of gender quotas in 2017 to increase the number of women participating in the political decision-making process, as well as the increase of women’s representation in the governing bodies of the political parties, as well as in the boards of the listed companies in 2018.
- Adoption of legislative and public policy measures to achieve all the specific objectives Sustainable Development Objective 5 of Agenda 2030: Gender equality and increased participation of girls and women.
- Introduction of basic concepts of gender equality, curriculum education, reproductive health education and the identification and sanctioning of violent behaviors in the school curricula and curriculum of 2017 and 2018.
At the conference “Gender Equality: Test for Democracy”, the following persons addressed to the participants: Ms. Oana Bîzgan, the chairman of the Commission for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Chamber of Deputies, the host of the event; Mr. Adrian Wiener, Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Senate; Ms Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy; Mr. Vladimir Ionaş, State Councilor of the Prime Minister; Ms Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament (video-speech); Mrs. Iulia Scîntei, Vice-President of the Romanian Senate; Mrs. Ana Birchall, Deputy Minister for European Affairs; Ms. Aurelia Gratiela Drăghici, State Secretary, National Agency for Equal Opportunities; Their Excellencies, Mr. Ramiro Fernández-Bachiller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania and the Republic of Moldova, and Ms. Boutheina Labidi, Ambassador of Tunisia to Romania; Mrs. univ. prof. Dr. Mihaela Miroiu, National School of Political and Administrative Studies. The conference was moderated by Mrs. Conf. Univ. Dr. Oana Băluţă, University of Bucharest.