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Albania shares best practices in the largest forum on gender equality and women’s rights

Friday, March 22, 2019

A delegation from Albania participated at the 63 rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which was organized in New York from 11- 22 March.  ...

Women Film Festival in Albania draws attention to the issue of violence against women

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The first ever, “Women International Film Festival” was organized in Albania on Friday, 8 March 2019 to commemorate International Women’s Day. The festival, which focused on the theme, "gender-based violence", was organized by UN Women in Albania in partnership with the Albanian National Center of Cinematography.

First “Women International Film Festival” organized in Albania

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The UN Women country office in Albania, in partnership with the Albanian National Center of Cinematography, is organizing the first “Women International Film Festival”, focusing this year on the theme of gender-based violence.

New law in Albania will provide low-cost housing for domestic violence survivors

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“Why doesn’t she leave?” is a frustratingly common question asked of women in abusive relationships. The question is often followed with disbelief—if it was really so bad, wouldn’t she have left? Ask Silva Kaca* why she didn’t leave...

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia visits Albania

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

During her first official visit to Albania, which took place from 11 to 13 February, Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, met with government officials, parliamentarians, partners and donors.

E-Learning recognized as an effective way to build capacities on gender responsive budgeting in the region

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Representatives of ministries, NGOs and institutes for training of public officials participated in a regional workshop organized through UN Women’s ‘Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova’ programme in Albania on 12-14 November 2018.

Press Release: The Parliament of Albania and UN Women commit to greater collaboration for gender equality

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Earlier today, UN Women and the Parliament in Albania signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country.

Albania joins the 16 days campaign to end gender-based violence

Sunday, November 25, 2018

UN Women and United Nations agencies in Albania in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection launched the 16 days campaign against gender-based violence. 5 cities in Albania ”went orange” a symbol of the 16-day campaign calling to give an end to violence against women and girls.

Video: Defending the human rights of Roma women – Manjola’s story, Albania

Monday, November 19, 2018

Violence against women in Albania is common, with nearly 60 per cent of women aged 15-49 saying they have experienced domestic violence.

From where I stand: “People with disabilities don’t talk about the violence they experience because often it means reporting the people closest to them”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amira Kushta* was diagnosed with a rare tumor in the spine and was paralyzed after back surgery when she was 19. Her house became her prison for 24 years.

New Ideas and Networks are Sparked by Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy Conference in Albania

Thursday, November 1, 2018

UN Women, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, organized the national conference on ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy in Albania’. The one-day conference was aimed at opening the door for civil society, youth, disadvantaged groups, as well as Albanian women and girls’ to become more involved with social entrepreneurship initiatives and programs.

Roundtable Rouses Support for Greater Regional Cooperation on Gender Equality in the Western Balkans

Friday, October 26, 2018

Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia gathered to share their experiences and challenges with implementing their National Gender Mechanism. This is a key tool to help countries meet their international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

From where I stand: “The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women.

Improving services for women survivors of violence in Albania

Friday, September 21, 2018

Lumnie Shima’s* mother wrote in her diary in 2015, keeping notes of events in her house. The violence became more frequent, filling up the pages over the next few years. Then, at the end of 2017, Ms. Shima decided to report her husband to the police in Kamza, a municipality only 10 kilometers away from the capital of Albania.

Amendments to domestic violence law in Albania strengthens protection of women survivors of violence

Monday, September 17, 2018

On 23 July, the Albanian Parliament approved the amendments to the domestic violence law, which entered into force on 1 September. The amendments strengthen protective and procedural measures for a more effective response to domestic violence and protection of survivors.

In the words of Spartak Kosta: “The media should raise awareness about the issue of trafficking of women and girls”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims.

Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

For the first time in Albania, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are going to monitor the budget of public institutions through a gender lens, with the aim of helping to ensure they meet the needs of women and men equally.

Take Five: “MPs play a crucial role in making gender-responsive budgeting a priority”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dr. Helmut Berger, Head of Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office, recently briefed Albanian Members of Parliament (MPs) on how his office operates and measures gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) performance. In Albania, GRB principles are part of the medium term and annual budget programming processes.

For the first time in Albania, cities adopt Gender Equality Action Plans

Friday, June 29, 2018

One year after seven municipalities in Albania formally confirmed their commitment to gender equality by signing the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, five of them, supported by UN Women, have prepared Gender Equality Action Plans. The municipal councils of Tirana, Elbasan and Durres have already approved their Action Plans.

Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics in Albania: One Year from Local Elections

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

UN Women organized the National Conference on “Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics: One Year from Local Elections”, in collaboration with the Albanian Parliament.

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