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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.

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.

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.

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.

COVID-19 CRISIS: Woman Forum Elbasan adapts quickly to protect women and girls in Albania

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In response to COVID-19, staff at the Woman Forum Elbasan (WFE) in Albania immediately began to work from home and adapt their services for survivors of domestic violence, all too aware of the sharp increase in violence against women and girls worldwide occurring during the pandemic.

Revised law empowers women survivors of violence in Albania

Monday, June 8, 2020

Flora Leka* had an arranged marriage at the age of 17. She dropped out of school and lived with her violent husband and father of her four children for more than 15 years.

Jonada Shukarasi: An Albanian teen declares war on violence against women using technology

Friday, April 24, 2020

Jonada Shukarasi is one of three 16-year-old girls who developed an app aimed at tackling the severe problem of domestic violence across Albania. Called GjejZâ (Find your Voice), the app provides comprehensive information to women suffering from abusive behavior.

“Nurses are the real heroes,” says Albanian doctor in the front line of COVID-19 response

Monday, April 6, 2020

Women are playing a key role—often disproportionate to men—in responding to the disease, as frontline healthcare workers, as well as care givers at home. Experience of other disease outbreaks shows that they have the highest risk to be infected. Almost 12 per cent of Albania’s reported cases of coronavirus have been health workers, but no fatalities have been reported yet.

Take Five: “Stereotypes shape our interactions with others and with the world”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

WFE is implementing an innovative behavioural change campaign in Elbasan, central Albania, aimed at ending violence against women as part of the Gender Lab, a regionwide initiative of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

16 ways you can stand against rape culture

Monday, November 18, 2019

Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture.

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...

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.

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.

Take Five: “We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution’s budgeting processes”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mimoza Dhembi is the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. UN Women offers technical assistance in gender-responsive budgeting to the government of Albania with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency.

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.

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.

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