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March 8: Women’s March of Solidarity

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“We do not want flowers, we want equal rights,”

This was one of the messages displayed on banners and chanted by the participants during the manifestation. The Women’s March of Solidarity, traditionally held on 8th of March – on International Women’s Day, aims to promote gender equality and to signal the phenomenon of discrimination and violence against women.

On this day, women and men – including the Action and Solidarity Party leader, Maia Sandu – walked through the center of the Chisinau, reminding the passers-by about gender equality, for which women fought more than 100 years ago. The participants walked from the center of the capital to the “Maria Biesu” National Opera and Ballet Theater.

“We still live in a world where much effort is needed to make girls and women have the same opportunities, benefit from the same reward, and enjoy the same freedoms. And there is still much more to be done in Moldova for all women to have the freedom and opportunity to follow their dreams.” declared Maia Sandu on her official Facebook page.

The event was organized by non-governmental organizations fighting for gender equality.

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Defense Minister Sturza: Moldova could host a joint military exercise with NATO

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Moldovan Defense Minister Eugen Sturza declared that he had talks with the North Atlantic Alliance on behalf of the organization of a joint military exercise on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. The exercise could take place at Bulboaca Training Center. The statement was made at the TV show “Fabrika” at Publika TV, IPN reports.

Eugen Sturza believes that the Bulboaca Center is becoming an ultramodern center with state-of-the-art application infrastructure and that the Moldovan participation in military exercises is massive.

Source: army.md

“The Republic of Moldova did not host exercises in 2004 and this would be an important step for the country,” the minister said.

The official says he is having talks with development partners in order to extend geographically military participation and to make Moldovan soldiers interoperable with other country’s military.

According to him, it’s necessary for Moldovan soldiers to gain experience from the states that participated in armed conflicts.

“We have no need to accumulate this experience but through our joint exercises,” the defense minister said.

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Moldova’s mass migration – the main trigger for the economic and demographic decline

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People leave Moldova every day. Nowadays, not only young people leave the country, but elder ones do it as well. It is also the case for Serafima Gherman – a former biology and chemistry teacher, who decided to leave her home country and to head for Milano, Italy.

Our colleagues from Moldova.org spent the day before she left at her place while she was preparing her luggage for leaving. She seems to be down in the mouth. So many years spent in this house…

When Serafima was young she dreamed to become an artist. She secretly applied at the musical college. Her voice was wonderful. When her father, who was a doctor, got to know, he gave her a good beating and told her that the big stages would handle it somehow without her. So, she studied at a technical college and graduated the Pedagogical University from Tiraspol being married with 2 children.  Together with her husband, she built a big house and raised the children. A few years ago her husband passed away. It seems like it was only yesterday.

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Serafima Gherman in her house

Sitting on the floor, she tried to put her thoughts in order and to arrange her belongings in the luggage. First, she was wondering if the pieces of frozen meat, packages of parsley, lovage and traditional cheese made from sheep milk will fit into the blue valise next to her. She was aware that the place she goes to is full of cheese and meat of any kind, but she also knew that the home-made food can’t be compared to anything. And then, she didn’t know how much time it will take until returning home. What if the meat rots?

The next thing Serafima took care for were her clothes, carefully arranged in a plastic bag, as well as her medicines. Still, it was too much stuff. Her grandson assured her that all the things that don’t fit in the valise will be brought by his mom, Serafima’s daughter, next time when she comes to Moldova. She also lives and works in Italy.

Serafima looked around one more time. She checked the papers and the medicines to not forget anything, and started to slowly move to the kitchen. She was crying. “It is very hard, living my entire life in one place and taking to the road now, when I am old. Who will take care of my house while I am gone?” she asked herself. Everything is left behind: a small house with a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and the most important, a sparkly clean living room called in Romanian “casa mare”. Nobody lives in there. It’s for guests.

She sadly inspected the yard that has the softest and the greenest grass ever. Once it was full of hungry poultry: geese, ducks, chickens. Now it is so silent. All of them were slaughtered one after another as there was nobody who could take care of them while she was visiting her daughter in Italy.

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Serafima with her daughter, Angela

She never thought of being always on the road. Her heart was always weak and then the problems with blood pressure appeared. So, she had to travel a lot: from the local hospital in Brânzenii Vechi to the district hospital in Telenești, and then to Chișinău. Nobody knew what the health issue was. Only when her daughter Angela bought her a ticket to Italy, the physicians discovered the small intestine cancer. After long beggings from her daughter, Serafima accepted to be operated. In Italy, she got her residence permit and the papers for obtaining the 100% degree of disability, as she was hardly able to move and was in poor health. Now she must go to the doctor regularly. “I have to leave for a new consult. It happens every couple of months. I can’t be taken care of in my own country.”

It has been going on for several years now. And she cries every time. Her house fell into disrepair while it is so comfortable and nice in Italy, but so foreign. It’s like there is no life for her in that world.

She was wearing her favourite floral pink dress and a wool cardigan, as it was already quite cold. Leaning on her walking stick, Serafima slowly walked to the gateway, where a car was already waiting for her to take her to the airport in Chișinău. All she could do more was to ask her neighbour to come and check the house from time to time. Nobody knew when she would return, maybe after a couple of months, maybe in summer. Her grandson Liviu helped her with the luggage and nodded affirmatively while receiving indications from his grandma: “Buy some poison against mice and spread it in the corners and under the bed. Move that gas tank in the garage. I don’t want it to be stolen!”

They arrived at the airport and headed directly to the check-in desk. The luggage was already given, the check-in done, and a wheel chair was waiting for Serafima. Tears filled her eyes again. She hugged her beloved grandson and let herself to be guided to the departure gate. There were some other old people that were waiting to be boarded. Most probably they also flown to visit their children.

Republic of Moldova loses her citizens in a matter of hours. Namely, every hour four people leave the country seeking for a better life, according to BBC. In 2017 only, the number of persons over 15 years old that were established abroad for work purposes reached 318.4 thousand, out of which 20.2 thousand are persons aged over 55, as the official data by the National Statistical Office of Moldova states. In case the trend continues, it could lead to a demographic and economic collapse.

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Moldovan militaries are among the winners of the “KFOR 2018 Military Base Battle”

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The Military Base Battle KFOR 2018, held in Camp Villaggio Italia, was attended by soldiers from 28 countries.

Kosovo National Army militants competed in the second edition of the multinational competition, where the contingents of the KFOR operation competed in the “Battle of the Camps 2018.”

The first place in the competition was won by lieutenant-colonel Veaceslav Balan, the Villaggio Italia base team which included Moldovan soldiers.

Lieutenant-Colonel Balan specified that there were some less specific military training among the samples played by the participants as well. They consisted of correct positioning and knocking of the nails, sawing the wood by hand, jumping with the bag, running the egg in the spoon and hitting the tennis ball in the ground with the running palm.

More photos available here.

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