Protection of criminal victims
During the last 6 months, AWEN has been defending 19 victims of criminal offenses in the District Courts. All cases have experienced crimes of gender-based violence against them and their family members.
"Protection and promotion of women rights in Albania"
January 2019 - December 2022
Supported by: Sida
Overall objective: Women human rights are increasingly protected, promoted and respected in Albania.
Theory of change
First, advocacy and lobbying initiatives at local, national and international level focusing on national policies and legislation to be in place and implemented, public institutions that increasingly fulfil their obligations as per national and international legislation, increased accountability and functioning monitoring systems, will contribute to improvement and implementation of policies and legal framework from duty bearers for protection and promotion of women human rights. Second, institutional development and organizational strengthening capacity building efforts, like mentoring and technical assistance to AWEN members in further organizational development, besides ongoing professional capacity building interventions for AWEN and its members, will contribute to AWEN and members becoming more democratic, accountable, independent, sustainable and capable to promote and protect women human rights. Third, the support to AWEN members to offer specialized support services and carry sensitizing, advocacy and capacity building initiatives to protect and enhance women human rights at local level, will result in at least 4000 girls and women benefitting from the package of services, increasingly more capable local stakeholders in addressing women human right issues and a community that is inceasingly supportive and reactive towards women human rights. These interventions will lead to protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups of girls and women, with a special focus on gender-based violence and trafficking survivors. The ultimate change that we seek to achieve is that women human rights in Albania are increasingly protected, promoted and respected.
"Advocating on gender equality and EU integration processes "
January 2020- December 2022
Supported by: Kvinna till Kvinna
This project aims to address the above mentioned needs by focusing on EU advocacy initiatives for women human rights,in line with EU guidelines and policy. This will be 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 raisin gon the key importance of the EU role in the country’s development and women human rights advancementin 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 aims at enhancing the role of the Albanian Women Empowerment Network and its members (AWEN) to become one of the key stake holders in EU advocacy initiatives for women human rights in Albania. The project was implemented by AWEN in close partnership withits 9-member organizations in 8 different regions of Albania. AWEN will also closely cooperate with the following partner organizations: EC Delegation in Tirana; Network members and other women CSOs and their networks in Albania.
AWEN was part of the protest organized on March 8 on International Women's Rights Day against social injustices and inequalities.
Open forum "Together towards sustainable peace" There is no time to lose for the implementation of the Women, Peace, Security Agenda! Rights cannot and should not be taken for granted!
On December 7, 2022, the presentation activity of the study 'Sexual violence and sexual harassment - An analysis of the situation', carried out by AWEN, took place.
During the months of October-December 2022, AWEN has developed a training cycle at the workplace with State Police employees.