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Empowering students in Albanian schools through self-defense training

Monday, November 15, 2021

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.

I am Generation Equality: Gresa Hasa, feminist activist

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Gresa Hasa is the co-founder and editor in chief of ‘“Shota’” magazine, the first progressive feminist magazine in Albania. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and has long been on the frontlines of the feminist and student movements in the country.

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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The initiative aims to engage young creators and artists from all around Albania practicing photography and illustration, who will use their artworks to convey messages and help spark a conversation around this theme.

Eco-experience rises from the COVID-19 ashes in Albania

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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. Her eco-friendly farm contributes to the economic development of the local area, which continues to see people leaving for better opportunities in urban centers. Despite the obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bejo’s aims to create new income opportunities for her business and for the rural women in her community.

I am Generation Equality: Aliénor Béjannin, UN Youth Volunteer serving at UN Women Albania

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Aliénor Béjannin, 28, is a passionate advocate for gender equality. She is a Swiss-French national who is now working in Albania, where she serves as a UN Youth Volunteer in Programme Management and Coordination at UN Women.

“Women and Men 2021”– an overview of gender developments in Albania

Friday, July 2, 2021

The latest collection of gender statistics on population, health, education, employment, decision making, social protection, crime, and human rights.

Young people in Albania become agents of change for ending violence against women and girls

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Around 60 university students from the Elbasan region, one of the largest regions in central Albania, boost their knowledge about fighting against different forms of violence against women and become confident to serve as role models to their high school peers, thanks to an initiative aimed at changing social norms and raising awareness on harmful gender stereotypes, implemented by Woman Forum Elbasan in the framework of the UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

Take five: “Data-driven initiatives are crucial to meeting women survivors’ needs in a world of limited resources”

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Elma Tershana is the Executive Director of Observatory for Children and Youth Rights, a civil society organization from Albania that has created better mechanisms to collect information on the situation of children's rights acrossthe country.

From where I stand: “Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo had a good vibe: no barriers, no prejudices and a practical spirit of cooperation”

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Silvana Malluta from Albania participated in the Expo aimed to support and empower women entrepreneurs during and after COVID-19.

Saving the lives of survivors of violence and their families

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Klodiana Mere* has more than 30 stitches on her head, the same number as the number of years she lived in terror of her life and the lives of her two children. She survived a deadly attack by her ex-husband four years ago but the agony did not end there.

Advancing Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls in Albania - A position paper by the United Nations in Albania

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A joint position paper by United Nations in Albania identifying four key areas and strategies to accelerate gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the country.

Statement of the United Nations County Team in Albania

Saturday, May 22, 2021

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.

Press Release: Registration opens for Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Monday, May 10, 2021

Registration is now open to participate in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris – a milestone global event to advance action and investment for gender equality.

A new, first of its kind service provision has proved useful in protecting survivors in Albania

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Woman Forum Elbasan, a local women’s organization, has been trying new ways of collaborating with the police and the courts to provide necessary services to women survivors of violence and their children.

Press Release: Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo to boost hundreds of businesses across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, April 19, 2021

UN Women’s first regional “Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo” in Europe and Central Asia will be held virtually with the participation of hundreds of women entrepreneurs from 12 countries. The Expo aims to support and empower women entrepreneurs during and after COVID-19.

Women activists across the Western Balkans emphasize empowering Roma can break them free from violence

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Around 100 Roma women activists, civil society representatives and government officials from the Western Balkans and Turkey gathered virtually on International Roma Day to discuss best practices on preventing and responding to violence against Roma women at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against Roma women and girls.”

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.

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