Project “Lobbying and advocacy for women‘ empowerment issues“, November 2015 – December 2016
This project aimed to address the above mentioned needs by focusing on EU advocacy initiatives for women human rights, in line with EU guidelines and policy.
This has been achieved by addressing the lack of information on EU role in enhancing gender equality in Albania through public information on adopted EU policy and legislation on women human rights; public awareness raising on the key importance of the EU role in the country’s development and women human rights advancement in Albania; and advocating with EU entities, as well as with governmental structures on the advancement of women human rights as per EU policy requirements.
In addition, the project aimed at enhancing the role of the Albanian Women Empowerment Network (A WEN) to become one of the key stakeholders in EU advocacy initiatives for women human rights in Albania.
Project “Protection and Promotion of Women Rights Issues through Interventions in 7 districts of Albania”, funded by US Embassy in Tirana, September 2014-July 2015.
This project aimed at a comprehensive intervention at the local level to contribute to the issue of domestic violence through: full monitoring of domestic violence cases processed by the district courts in seven regions; abundant information and awareness raising activities in these regions. AWEN members conducted project activities at local level; three organizations / groups were selected in Shkodra, Dibra, Saranda to participate in a capacity development program.
Project “Empowering of AWEN, strengthening women’s movement in Albania and promoting the women’s rights”, January – October 2014, Kvinna till Kvinna.
The focus of this project was strengthening and empowering network through a broader collaboration between, both the network, and its members and among members themselves; capacity building through organization of a study visit for all members of the network; development of AWEN’s strategic plan 2015-2018, etc.
Project “Strengthening women’s participation in decision-making and political life in eight different districts of Albania, as key change to a democratic development”, January-June 2013, supported by the Mediterranean Women Fund.
This project marks an important result along with the advocacy & lobbying contribution of the network for an enhanced participation of women in decision-making and politics. Mediterranean Women Fund is the first of other donors in addition to Kvinna Till Kvinna.
Project “Empowerment of AWEN to promote women’s rights in Albania”, funded by Kvinna till Kvinna, implemented in the period January-December 2013.
The focus of this project was: Increased visibility and reliability of AWEN at national and regional level through network meetings; cooperation between member organizations themselves, as well as between members and AWEN has significantly increased; network has expanded with a new member organization; in addition to Kvinna till Kvinna, AWEN has collaborated with three other donors this year: UN Women, the Agency for Support of Civil Society (ASCS) and the Mediterranean Women Fund.
Project “Empowerment of AWEN Network to promote women’s rights in Albania”, funded by Kvinna till Kvinna, January-December 2012.
AWEN has become more visible to the national and international opinion. The number of meetings and participation in various activities with donors, governmental structures, international organizations and various activities contributed to the increased visibility of AWEN. During project implementation in the current year, AWEN has managed to increase partnerships between networks, coalitions and organizing women in the country and the region. Some examples that indicate the increased visibility and also the increased partnerships between AWEN and different parties are: AWEN’s protest in cooperation with organizations and other partners in November in the framework of the 16-day-nonviolence campaign; AWEN had a coordinating role for Albania at the Freja Forum organized in April 2012 in Istanbul; AWEN was one of the main actors of the ad hoc coalition for the electoral reform in Albania and the revision of the Electoral Code.
Project: “Creation of AWEN network, promotion of women’s rights in Albania”, funded by the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, January-December 2011.
Through this project AWEN’s structure was created and completed with necessary staff and experts; legal registration of network was done in the Court. To achieve the latter several network meetings were organized and was prepared all the necessary documentation: statute of the association, the regulation, application for registration, etc. Today the network has its staff and office that directly influence the strengthening of the network. AWEN became a visible network; AWEN has functioned as a watch-dog for the rights of women in Albania through monitoring of the progress report on CEDAW; AWEN members in cooperation with the experts have prepared a monitoring report on the implementation of CEDAW in Albania.