International Women’s Day in Moldova is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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In the days under the USSR, there used to be big parades with fireworks displays on this day in Moldova. But today, celebrations are more modest.
Employers used to give women money or presents on Women’s Day, but today, it’s mostly husbands, boyfriends, children, and other men in their lives who give the gifts. As the same day is also celebrated as Mother’s Day, moms can especially expect attention on 8 March.
Tragically, crime, sexual assault on women, and human trafficking are rampant in Moldova, despite government attempts to curb this violence. Many young girls are kidnapped and sold as slaves all over Europe and the Middle East. In fact, around 10,000 or more per year vanish.
This, and the lack of full equality in the workplace as to wages, are the major problems facing Moldova in regard to women’s rights.