What we do

Providing access to employment and better income opportunities are among the most effective ways to empower women. Yet, the main challenges for women in Albania remain the persistent gender pay gap, few opportunities in the labor market, lack of skilled entrepreneurs and their access to services and credit. Learn more

Albanian women’s participation and representation in the political decision-making remains limited and below international benchmarks. Women made up 29 per cent of the Parliament at the end of 2017, the highest ever in Albania. Learn more

The Albanian government has embarked on reforms over the past few years to improve legal, policy and institutional gender equality mechanisms. The National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality 2016-2020 provides a strong gender equality vision, though financial and human resources to ensure the proper implementation are currently insufficient. Learn more

Violence against women, which is one of the most serious forms of human rights violations, is quite common in Albania, with almost 60 per cent of women aged 15-49 having experienced it. Learn more

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, officially came into force. The new agenda is an action plan for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Learn more

Albania joined the HeForShe movement in September 2014, which soon became a cool and recognizable brand among young people in Albania. HeForShe was embraced by civil society, politicians, public institutions, international actors, athletes, sport and cultural activists to raise awareness and invite people to take a stance for gender equality. Learn more

In intergovernmental forums at the United Nations, Member States come together to debate and seek agreement on global gender equality norms and standards. Learn more

When different parts of the multilateral system act together, they can deliver greater results—and maximize the use of scarce resources. Within the UN system, UN Women is mandated to lead, promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities. Learn more