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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.

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.

Statement of the United Nations County Team in Albania

Saturday, May 22, 2021

The sexual abuse of a teenage girl in Albania is a further case in an escalation of sexual violence against women and girls. In Albania, our studies show that 50% of women and girls have experienced one form of violence in their lifetime.

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.

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.”

In the words of Blerta Cani: “Empowering young girls and women with disabilities is one of our key missions”

Monday, April 5, 2021

After participating as a key speaker at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls living with disabilities,” organized within the regional UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, Cani spoke to UN Women about how the organization’s field work is directly informing policy-making and law-development in Albania and what urgent actions are needed to prevent and respond to violence against women with disabilities, especially during the pandemic.

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

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic and a prevailing culture of impunity threatens progress achieved on gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, UN Women is calling for robust and decisive action in response to this unprecedented crisis.

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.

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.

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