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High school teachers from Durres, Tirana, Kavaja and Lezha participate in Empowerment through self-defense (ESD) training. Photo: UN Women Albania
Empowering students in Albania through self-defense training

An initiative training teachers across the country in self-defense and communications skills to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence in schools.

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 Gresa Hasa, feminist activist. Photo: Personal archive
I am Generation Equality: Gresa Hasa, feminist activist

A strong advocate for women’s rights in Albania, she has long been on the frontlines of the feminist and student movements in the country. 

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“My body is my own” – UN Women and UNFPA launch art initiative with youth in Albania to promote bodily autonomy
“My body is my own” art initiative with youth in Albania promotes bodily autonomy

UN Women and UNFPA launch art initiative to raise awareness on bodily autonomy, gender equality, gender-based violence and discrimination.

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Elona Bejo built a farm and bio-boutique for tourists who love nature and outdoor activities in the countryside of southern Albania. Photos: Personal archive
Eco-experience rises from the COVID-19 ashes in Albania

Driven by her love for nature, in 2016 Elona Bejo built a farm and bio-boutique for tourists who love nature and outdoor activities in the countryside of southern Albania. 

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Act for Equal

#ActforEqual is a new campaign to drive attention, excitement and action towards the upcoming Generation Equality Forum. Through the campaign you can show your support, take action for gender equality and help propel major commitments to the Action Coalition Goals. We can’t wait any longer for gender equality. It’s time to #ActforEqual.

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Generation Equality Rising

Every day, through our actions, and in the way we lead, talk, question and act, we challenge norms, transform habits, change laws, take action and inspire others to create a world without gender-based discrimination. We are Generation Equality rising.

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In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response.

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Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic

In 2020, COVID-19 touched our lives in nearly every way, everywhere, as countries went into lockdown and restricted movement to contain the spread of the virus. As doors closed and isolation began, reports of all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, began to rise. Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference. 

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The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women and girls and COVID-19
Infographic: The shadow pandemic - violence against women and girls and COVID-19

In times of crisis, violence against women and girls is likely to increase as security, health, and money worries heighten tensions and strains are accentuated by cramped and confined living conditions.

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Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future
Generation Equality

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women is launching a new campaign, “Generation Equality—Realizing women’s rights and an equal future”. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. 

Secretary-General appoints Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women
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Ms. Sima Sami Bahous. Photo:  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women. More

UN Agencies in Albania strongly condemn the criminal offence and stand by all survivors of sexual violence
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Statement of the United Nations County Team in Albania

The sexual abuse of a teenage girl in Albania is a further case in an escalation of sexual violence against women and girls. In Albania, our studies show that 50% of women and girls have experienced one form of violence in their lifetime.  More