Romania: Gender equality missing from public debate

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Romania: Gender equality missing from public debate

Despite being an EU member since January 2007, Romania placed 67th out of 134 countries in the World Economic Forum's 2010 World Gender Gap report. The ranking marks a three-place improvement from last year but shows little substantive progress.

Romania's poor ranking does not surprise those who closely follow the country's efforts at gender parity and who decry the authorities' lack of interest in the issue. "The concept of equality of opportunity is effectively unknown on the public agenda," Women's Association in Romania and national co-ordinator for women NGOs Liliana Pagu. 

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