Experts discuss implementation and next steps of gender responsive budgeting project in the Western Balkans
The Project Advisory Board Meeting provided high-level technical support to ensure that the project responds to priorities and new developments in the region. Learn more
In the words of Gjeline Doda: “We should raise strong girls and well-educated boys in order to have a strong society”
One of the first Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) instructors who is teaching personal safety to a new generation to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence. Learn more
Youth-Led Regional Consultations: Addressing Gender Inequalities and Social Cohesion
130 youth participated in UN Women consultations organized in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Serbia, and North Macedonia. Learn more
Media professionals in Albania discuss challenges in addressing violence against women in politics and elections
Participants discuss ways of creating a safe and inclusive environment for women's participation in politics which encourages women's involvement in decision-making processes. Learn more
Women learn new skills in the newly established artisan center in Tirana
Also, a new local brand was launched to market all their handicraft products in compliance with the rich traditions of the area. Learn more
A beneficiary of the UN Women regional programme on Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkiye
International Women’s Day 2023: “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023 (IWD 2023) is, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.

People in Kyiv, Ukraine crowd the train stations trying to get out of the country during the Russian invasion, but the evacuation trains are not enough for all the people. 1 March 2022. Photo: Sebastian Backhaus/Agentur Focus/Redux.
In Focus: War in Ukraine is a crisis for women and girls

The war has severely impacted social cohesion, community security and the resilience of local communities, especially women and girls. Lack of access to social services including schools and strained community resources have increased the care burden of local women who responsible for the care for children, disabled and elderly family members.

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Equal City: A strong civic space for gender equality

Welcome to Equal City! Here, led by young women and men, civil society organizations (CSOs), local authorities, universities and media work together to advance women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Representatives of civil society during the consultations with the Audiovisual Media Authority on the Broadcasting Code for Audio-Visual Media. Photo: UN Women Albania
The Broadcasting Code for Audio-Visual Media in Albania Amended to Promote Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Media

The new proposals on gender equality and non-discrimination have been consulted with journalists and civil society.

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

Imagine a world where all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women and girls are not afraid of walking home late at night, and men and boys are not trapped in oppressive masculinities. In this world, gender equality is the norm. Men and women get paid equally for work of equal value and share the care work at home.

Promoting women’s leadership and participation in the local elections is key for Albania
Promoting women’s leadership and participation in the local elections is key for Albania

The local government elections on 14 May are an important opportunity to strengthen local democracy in Albania, and to consolidate past achievements in promoting women leadership in decision-making. Ahead of the start of the campaign, the United Nations in Albania reached out to political party leaders, advocating for women’s full and meaningful participation in local elections, and presenting a set of recommendations in three key areas. More