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One room, her only home

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A 20 square metre room with one window is the only home that Semiha Xhani, and her eight-year old son have known. Since her divorce six years ago, Xhani has lived with constant financial insecurity. Things got worse when two years ago her former father-in-law registered the house under his name without her knowledge, and tried to get her evicted.

Albania marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science for the first time

Monday, February 12, 2018

In Albania, there are significant gaps in science, technology, engineering and math fields at graduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels. Girl students in Albania dominate the field of educational sciences, followed by health and welfare. However, they remain under-represented in STEM particularly because of social, cultural and gender norms.

Take Five: “Civil society is crucial to monitor the implementation of international commitments on ending violence against women”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Center for Legal Civil Initiatives (CLCI) started working with UN Women in Albania to support the establishment of a network of civil society organizations to monitor the implementation of international human rights obligations on ending violence against women – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. CLCI’s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Aurela Anastas, explains their role in the programme and how this network of CSOs can actively support ending violence against women in Albania.

Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Twenty-five women representing different marginalized groups from the Western Balkans and Turkey met in Istanbul to discuss how to better integrate an intersectional approach into their work on ending violence against women.

Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs.

Global Goals Week in Albania drives joint action to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Global Goals Week in Albania brought together students, youth, local governments, civil society and businesses to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build partnerships to drive concrete action for achieving the new 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Expert’s take: Civil society has the potential to play a major role in ending violence against women

Friday, September 22, 2017

Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights, including women’s rights, in development programming. Prior to joining UN Women, Agustela worked as a consultant with various UN agencies and other development organizations.

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Albania has reached a new milestone with women’s representation in politics. Following the national elections held on 25 June, the Albanian Parliament will soon welcome a record number of women parliamentarians. The initial results indicate that women’s representation has reached 28 per cent—a marked improvement compared to 2013 elections, when around 18 per cent women were elected.

Women-run businesses thrive in Tirana

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UN Women partnered with Swisscontact and GIZ, Swiss and German development agencies with specialized knowledge in business training, coaching and monitoring processes.

From where I stand: “I set up a tourist guest house to support my family”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Saudita Marku, a city girl, looked for new income opportunities to support her family when after marriage she moved to rural village in Albania. She now runs a guest house for tourists, and also a bee-keeping business.

"I choose to live without violence"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A powerful rally kicks off Albania’s national campaign against domestic violence, part of nationwide activities to launch the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Coverage: UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and UN Women Chief of Staff in Albania

Monday, August 8, 2016

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey, Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Chief of Staff Khetsiwe Dlamini, visited Albania from 3 – 4 August, to meet with government representatives, civil society organizations, private sector leaders and other development partners. The discussions focused on issues such as economic empowerment and the implementation of the Gender Equality Facility in Albania, which supports the Government in the national adaptation of existing European Union (EU) legislations and directives on gender equality.

Steering the path to leadership for women police officers in Albania

Thursday, July 7, 2016

UN Women-supported training focuses on integrating a gender perspective and developing policies to increase women's participation as leaders and decision-makers in the Albanian State Police force.

Local budgets in Albania respond to community feedback

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A UN Women-led campaign results in Albania’s first-ever community budget consultations and brings immediate benefits to those in need.

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

To support women and girl survivors of trafficking, UN Women in Albania has been supporting service-providers in shelters with capacity-building and salary subsidies under the project “Preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in Albania”, implemented by UN Women with funding from the European Union.

Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

Monday, October 13, 2014

With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives.

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