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“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.

“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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Improved data on violence against women catalyses advocacy and legal change in Albania

Thursday, August 27, 2020

For Albania’s latest survey on violence against women and girls (VAWG), the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) took a markedly different approach: engaging with local governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and relevant service-providers at every stage of the process – from survey design, through data collection and dissemination.

Albania adopts new protocol to ensure undisrupted shelter services

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the government of Albania adopted a dedicated protocol on 10 April to ensure undisrupted functioning of shelters during the COVID-19 emergency in Albania. According to the new protocol, domestic violence shelters are declared as essential services and must remain open and accept new survivors of gender-based violence.

Unpacking the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Albania

Friday, April 17, 2020

UN Women has been liaising with different women’s rights groups and civil society organizations to get a better understanding of the situation and look at ways to respond to specific vulnerabilities.

Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

On International Women’s Day, a film in Albania open doors to dialogue on disrupting patriarchy

Friday, March 13, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, UN Women in Albania organized local screenings of the Albanian movie “Open Door,” which showcases the impact of patriarchal social norms and traditions on the lives of women and girls.

Take five: “Sometimes we have to ‘throw the forms out the window’ and ask survivors what support they need the most”

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Rebecca Vagi, manager of a housing project for survivors of violence in London, during her visit in Albania shared the United Kingdom experience with representatives of referral mechanisms, local civil society organizations, women’s shelters and young feminists.

Generation Equality in Albania stands against rape!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

UN Women in Albania carried out events that ranged from marches and discussions to art exhibitions, sports initiatives, media and public transport campaigns that reached around one million people across the country.

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