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In the words of Blerta Cani: “Empowering young girls and women with disabilities is one of our key missions”

Monday, April 5, 2021

After participating as a key speaker at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls living with disabilities,” organized within the regional UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, Cani spoke to UN Women about how the organization’s field work is directly informing policy-making and law-development in Albania and what urgent actions are needed to prevent and respond to violence against women with disabilities, especially during the pandemic.

How six grass-roots women’s organizations are making sure that no one is left behind in COVID-19 response

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Building back better from COVID-19 needs investment in feminist, grass-roots leadership. Yet, direct funding to women’s organizations accounts for less than one per cent of the global official development assistance provided for gender equality. In six stories, learn about the critical support that grass-roots women leaders and their organizations bring to their communities.

Albania marks International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A dialogue with the Media, rural women’s discussion, an influencer’s social media campaign and gender-sensitive trainings were organized around the country on the 8th of March.

Press release: UN Women data reveals women’s leadership is far from equal and under threat by the pandemic; sharpens imperative for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 8, 2021

UN Women is intensifying its preparations for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum amidst a back-drop that shows women’s rights and leadership are under threat, and even more exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current projections show that gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. This year’s International Women’s Day rings the alarm on rising threats to gender equality and highlights the need to build back better for a more gender-equal future.

Empowering Albanian women and girls to prevent violence and improve their self-confidence

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

After the training organized by UN Women in November 2020, in collaboration with Aikido Albania and Empowerment through Self Defense (ESD) Global, Albania now has its first generation of self-defense instructors who have already started to provide training and support to survivors of violence, as well as to women and girls generally.

UN Women, FAO and Italian Cooperation launch new initiative to support rural women and development in Albania

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Gender Rural Equality and Tourism (GREAT) programme will be implemented in the Regions of Shkoder, Vlore and Gjirokaster, contributing to sustainable economic development of rural women and their communities by increasing their income and ability to obtain work.

My take, your take: Advancing the feminist agenda and LGBTI rights in Albania

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Xheni Karaj, a 34-year-old LGBTI activist from Albania is talking with Delina Fico, who was part of the Albanian delegation in the Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing.

An unprecedented number of private companies in Albania join the 16 Days of Activism with pro bono support and donations to shelters

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Around 150 private companies, public institutions, media outlets, civil society organizations, sports associations, youth groups, universities, etc., ‘oranged’ their virtual spaces during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Orange the World Campaign in Albania: Listen, Believe, and Support Survivors of Violence

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

From self-defense training to real-life stories of survivors of violence, a wide array of activities were organized in Albania

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic and a prevailing culture of impunity threatens progress achieved on gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, UN Women is calling for robust and decisive action in response to this unprecedented crisis.

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference, safely and impactfully.

What happened after COVID-19: How six local women’s organizations ensured access to justice for survivors

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jana Kote* and her three children lived with an abusive husband and father for 12 years until they received support from a local organization, Human Rights in Democracy Centre, based in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

What happened after COVID-19: Albania

Monday, November 16, 2020

A local women’s organization supported by UN Women and the EU provided survivors of domestic violence with essential needs and psychological and legal support during the pandemic in Albania.

I am Generation Equality: Periana Bodinaku, one of the pioneer women who first joined the Albanian Police Academy

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Periana Bodinaku was the first Albanian girl who asked to be enrolled in the Police Academy in 1993 and in only five months managed to pave the way for many future women police officers.

Albania celebrates 20th anniversary of ‘Women Peace and Security’ Resolution

Friday, October 30, 2020

Albania commemorated today the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security” by taking stock of the progress and challenges in implementing the first country’s National Action Plan (NAP). The initial findings of the monitoring report show that 82% of actions in the Plan have been implemented, while challenges still remain.

Survey shows COVID-19 impacts on gender inequality in Albania

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The UN Women Rapid Gender Assessment survey revealed that the burden of household and care responsibilities were not distributed evenly, as only 46 per cent of women versus 67 per cent of men in Albania reported receiving help from their partner. Daniela Fejzaj, a 40-year-old information technology professional and mother of two, recalls the endless chores during the COVID-19 lockdown.

In the words of Anisa Ruseti: “We use gender-disaggregated data to design services that target women”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

On World Statistics Day, Anisa Ruseti, the Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania talks about the importance of using gender data.

Increasing women resilience in post-earthquake and pandemic recovery in Albania

Friday, October 9, 2020

The United Nations in Albania and the Swedish Embassy signed today a two million-euro programme that will support the protection and recovery of children, women and girls affected by November 2019 earthquake.

Op-ed: 25 years of women’s rights - the promise that we must keep

Thursday, October 1, 2020

25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as much has been achieved, we are still far from realizing the promise made in Beijing. No country in the world has achieved gender equality, we see painfully slow progress or even worse, pushback.

Press Release: UN Women and Sweden launch new initiative in the Western Balkans focusing on financing and budgeting for gender equality

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

UN Women and Sweden will aim to reform policies and financing actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to accelerate the implementation of national and international gender equality commitments.

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