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The plans were adopted following broad-based and inclusive consultations with public and nonpublic institutions, the civil society, academia, youth, and private sector representatives. The entire process was technically supported by UN Women, as part of the Joint Programme “European Union for Gender Equality in Albania,” financed by the European Union through the Albania SDG Acceleration Fund.
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As a result of continuous lobbying efforts, Empowerment through Self Defense has now become part of the first National Strategy for Youth and its Action Plan 2022-2029 which was approved in October of the current year. This innovative approach addresses gender equality by helping build healthy interpersonal relations and empowers girls and boys.
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More than ninety women and girls from four regions of Albania participated in a fair event organized by UN Women and supported by the Albanian Network for Rural Development. They discussed the challenges faced by women in the agri-food sector in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and Municipality of Elbasan officials.
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Afërdita Prroni, the Executive Director of the Human Rights in Democracy Center, a grassroot civil society organization involved in promoting and protecting human rights in Albania, has been working to strengthen the implementation of the domestic violence law under UN Joint Programme on “Ending Violence Against Women in Albania” and UN Women’s project “Gender sensitive post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction” funded by the Swedish Government.
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Earlier this year, young Albanian activists got together and developed a “Call to youth-driven and gender responsive climate and environmental action in Albania,” with the support of UN Women Albania, the Tirana European Youth Capital and the Resource Environmental Centre (REC) Albania.
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When she was born 35 years ago her father cried because he wished his second child would be a boy. But throughout her life, Arjeta Puca, has proven to anyone who told her ‘You can’t do it because you are a girl’, that she can do anything.
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Since September 2021, UN Women has been working closely with UNHCR and CARITAS in Albania to ensure that migrant and asylum-seeking women and girls, in particular those at high risk of being subjected to violence, are properly identified and welcomed in the country.
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The new proposals on gender equality and non-discrimination have been consulted with journalists and civil society.
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Over 1200 students around Albania were trained boosting their the self-esteem and strengthening their safety.
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It will serve as a manifesto and will be circulated amongst institutions to push the climate and environmental justice agenda in Albania.
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The Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, visited Albania to meet with high level government representatives, civil society organizations and international partners.
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UN Women, in collaboration with the Municipality of Tirana and the OSCE Presence in Albania, organized a Youth Forum on Gender Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, in the context of celebrating Tirana as the 2022 European Youth Capital.
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Jutta Benzenberg is a well-known German photographer that has been living in and photographing Albania for more than 30 years. She collaborated with UN Women in Albania during 2021 for the photographic project “I have a dream…”, bringing to attention the dreams of young women in urban and rural areas of the country, including those impacted by the earthquake of 2019.
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Stela Tanellari is the Deputy Director and Reintegration Programme Manager of Different and Equal, an organisation in Albania that provides services for women survivors of violence. It has developed a complex approach for women’s economic reintegration under UN Women’s regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.
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UN Women in collaboration with the Municipality of Kamza, a town 11 km from the capital Tirana, organized an awarding event with 16 women participants of the Women’s Small Business Program. They presented their business ideas and plans in front of a professional jury and business representatives following five months of training and coaching.
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From photo exhibitions and festivals to student discussions and private sector commitments, UN Women, in collaboration with local government and development partners, organized a series of topical events by to commemorate International Women’s Day, in the week of 3-11 March.
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Organized by UN Women in partnership with the Center for Openness and Dialogue and with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, the exhibition was opened with a ceremony on International Women’s Day.
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70 women from disadvantaged groups in Albania, including women with disabilities, Roma women and women from LGBTQI+ community, were provided with smartphones and internet packages to report about violence if needed and access services.
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Cuko was married at a young age, giving birth to her first child before the age of 18. She was frequently abused, especially during pregnancy, by her often inebriated husband. Despite her desire to escape the cycle of violence, she was not aware of any services that could help her. He often locked her inside the house, kept her isolated from family members and physically abused her and the children who attempted to protect their mother.
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A UN Women initiative, as part of a joint UN project funded by the Government of Sweden, is training teachers across the country in self-defense and communications skills to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence in schools.