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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.

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.

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.

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.

Expert’s take: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vital role of women’s organizations in our societies

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

When it comes to advancing gender equality and improving the lives of women and girls, we often hope to create positive changes in people’s behaviour. This might include stopping harmful practices, such as domestic violence, or starting positive practices, like encouraging girls to attend and excel in school.

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.

Press release: COVID-19 is taking a higher toll on women – shows UN Women Albania rapid assessment

Friday, July 10, 2020

The survey measured the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and how it affected the livelihoods of women and men. It shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting women compared to men, and risks to deepen gender inequalities.

Press Release: “Women and girls are left behind in COVID-19 response” – warn women’s organizations

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Women’s organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia urged governments and development partners to recognize the unique and vital needs of women and girls in pandemic response and recovery efforts. Activists warned the international community that the world risks a roll back in women’s rights if necessary efforts are not urgently undertaken.

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.

“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.

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.

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