The principle of equal treatment and unrestricted access to opportunities of assertion for women and men, together with the elimination of discriminatory practices based on gender criteria for equal access of women in all areas of public life, are essential pillars of democratic and inclusive societies, and key indicators of respect for human rights and the rule of law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) conveys in a message on the National Day of Equal Opportunities between Women and Men.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by Agerpres, said it "is constantly concerned with ensuring equitable representation from a gender perspective, both in the external service and in its central apparatus, aiming to imprint an institutional model of good practice in the field of equal opportunities." Currently, according to the quoted source, over 50% of the management positions in the MAE Central body are occupied by women, and half of the positions of public dignity are also occupied by women.
Also, women occupy 36% of the positions of Head of Mission in the Romanian Foreign Service. In this context, in the past year, 22 women diplomats abroad have been proposed to hold positions of extraordinary and plenipotentiaries ambassadors of Romania abroad, the ministry brings to mind.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that it "remains firmly committed to promoting equal opportunities and non-discrimination based on gender in bilateral dialogue with other states and in international intergovernmental organisations, supporting the demarches and initiatives that encourage women's self-determination and professional development."