Moldova's First Periodic Report under the ICESCR Examined
Friday, November 28, 2003 2:40 PM

The Republic of Moldova's First Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was examined by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during its 31st session from 10 November 2003 to 28 November 2003. Moldova acceded to the ICESCR on 26 April 1993. In its concluding observations, the Committee welcomed the 1999 creation of the National Commission for Women's Issues and the 2003 National Plan to Promote Gender Equality in Society. The Committee expressed concern, however, over the wage disparity between women and men; the persistent problem of trafficking in women despite penal provisions and a national plan to combat trafficking; and the absence of laws prohibiting domestic violence specifically. The Committee urged the Moldovan government to take measures to reduce gender inequality, strengthen efforts to counter trafficking, define domestic violence as a crime under the criminal code, and effectuate proposed amendments to the civil procedure code that would protect victims of domestic violence.

For more information about the Republic of Moldova's Reporting Schedule, please visit the Moldova section of this website.