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In the words of Esmeralda Hoxha: “Without trust in institutions, survivors get entrapped in a vicious cycle of violence”

Friday, September 4, 2020

Esmeralda Hoxha is project coordinator at the Gender Alliance for Development Center (GADC) in Albania, currently implementing a project under the regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, which aims to monitor the implementation of the National Gender Equality Strategy (2016-2020) in Albania, focusing on ending violence against women and girls. Since 2019 the monitoring was extended in five additional municipalities as part of the UN Joint Programme on ending violence against women, funded by the Swedish Government.

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.

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.

OpEd by UN Albania Country Team: Stopping sexual violence requires investments and society-wide action

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The recent cases of sexual abuse, including that of an adolescent in the capital city and in the Shkodra Police Commissariat, caused widespread indignation among Albanians. Any form of sexual abuse against a minor is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.

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.

Joint statement by UN Women and UNICEF in Albania on sexual abuse against children

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

UN Women and UNICEF in Albania call on institutions to fully investigate such crimes, establishing a culture of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and abuse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UN Women brings to Albanian audience Austrian experience in addressing the needs of women survivors of violence

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Representatives of Government, parliament, civil society and academia gathered in Tirana to discuss the implementation of international standards in support services to women survivors of violence.

“What were you wearing” Clothes exhibition seek to end blaming of rape survivors

Monday, November 25, 2019

An art installation with clothes built around the testimonials of survivors of rape was displayed in student campus and universities in Albania during the 16 Days of Activism.

Generation Equality Stands Against Violence: Albania joins the global campaign against Gender-Based Violence

Monday, November 25, 2019

More than 60 activities across Albania to bring attention to the epidemic of violence against women and girls. Organized by UN agencies, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and civil society.

UN Women Executive Director’s Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

I am Generation Equality: Fatmira Dajlani, child marriage survivor and activist

Monday, November 18, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Fatmira Dajlani has been working as an activist for 14 years in Albania and is leading “Roma Gateway for Integration” organization in Fushe Kruje.

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.

Take Five: "We have come a long way in fighting gender-based violence, but the struggle continues"

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mirela Arqimandriti is an Albanian activist for gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights and the Executive Director of the Gender Alliance for Development Centre (GADC). GADC is one of the partners implementing the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women.

Mobilizing youth against illegal weapons for a safer society for women and girls

Monday, June 24, 2019

Led by 'Women, Peace and Security’ Coalition, the campaign took place in different universities to raise awareness on security issues and the severe consequences of the circulation of illegal firearms

From Where I Stand: “Women in rural areas are speaking up about their rights”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Luljeta Kaculi, 49, has been the Administrator of Labinot-Fushe, an Administrative Unit in Elbasan region, in central Albania, for four years. Together with 11 local administrators of Elbasan, she recently participated in a UN Women-led training on the legal obligations of administrators to manage cases of violence and refer them to the relevant institutions.

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