Ending violence against women
Violence against women, which is one of the most serious forms of human rights violations, is quite common in Albania, with almost 60 per cent of women aged 15-49 having experienced it. Despite progress made especially in the legal framework, efforts to address all forms of violence against women and domestic violence, including prevention, protection, prosecution and referral mechanisms need to be intensified.
In the upcoming years, Albania has to take a series of actions to meet requirements of ratified international conventions, including the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
Strong patriarchal structures, unequal power relations between women and men, and capacity gaps of authorities will remain major obstacles to the full implementation of legislation.
UN Women in Albania is working closely with the Government and Civil Society Organizations to address all forms of violence against women, including sexual violence and harassment. One of our main priorities is to ensure that national policies and legislation be improved and implemented in compliance with Albania’s international human rights commitments and obligations.
UN Women focuses also on challenging harmful gender stereotypes and discrimination, which are among the key root causes of violence against women. In close collaboration with civil society organizations, UN Women regularly undertakes awareness-raising and outreach initiatives.
In addition, UN Women in Albania is working to reach a shared understanding on the range of services and responses required for the provision of services essential to women and girls subjected to violence. Most importantly, we are working to reach out to some of the most disadvantaged groups of women. They include Roma and Egyptian women, women with disabilities, or women from the LGBTI community. The focus is to advocate for the removal of barriers that these women face in accessing available services.
Civil Society Organizations are among the most trusted partners of UN Women in Albania in the area violence against women, where we focus on strengthening the capacity of women’s organizations and enhancing their positions as leaders of change.