Expand and improving the access to justice for disadvantaged individuals and groups such as Roma, women, children, disabled people, victims of trafficking and violence, LGBTI, etc.
Information and educational activities through diverse communication channels and methods (face-to-face and audio-visual) with different target groups that AWEN member organization work with.
Monitoring of the implementation of the legal framework and assessing the obstacles of access to justice, in order to identify the problems relating to the special needs of disadvantaged groups.
Advocating for the completion and improvement of the legal framework in order to address the main issues regarding the special needs of disadvantaged groups through meetings with implementing and decision-making institutions as well as international institutions.
Total amount applied for EUR, 37,563
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 organizationsin 8 different regions of Albania. AWEN will also closely cooperate with the following partner organizations:
A total of 2489 local stakeholders have been involved during through the advocacy initiatives and meetings with the members of National Referral and Coordination Mechanism by the projects implemented with the Sida financial support – Target over- achieved.
Advocacy initiatives from members’ projects have succeeded(local authorities have acted on recommendations – Emergency shelter in Dibra established; 5 new referral Mechanisms established in 4 Administrative Units; Meal for children attending the kindergarten is ensured in Spitalla area, as result of the lobbying meetings with the Women’ Alliance.
100 % of the local advocacy initiatives (6 advocacy grants) have been successfully implemented.
Output 3. AWEN members are viable and sustainable organizations and have the capacity to contribute to the promotion of women human rights.
Organizational Development: Monitoring systems established and functional at 9 member organizations; 9 functional and improved policies and procedures (AWEN and 8 members); Strategic plans revised/developed (AWEN and 8 members); Achieved
Increase in the number of collaborators and stakeholders:# of stakeholders and collaborators increased by at least 30% cumulatively (the outreached stakeholders’ number has been over-achieved – target 20%)
Increase in the number of target groups and beneficiariesby at least 30% during these three years (over-achieved – target 10%)).
At least 1 new areas of expertise added by each member;Achieved; Agritra (psychological service); Me, the Woman (psychological and legal services); CLGW (national hotline); Jona (establishment of new referral mechanisms + psychological and legal services); Woman to Woman – establishment of new Referral Mechanisms + creation of local change agent groups; Woman’s Forum Elbasan – collaboration with health staff) ; Agritra Vision – Emergency Sheltering services; AWSP – mobile psychosocial support for DV cases in local units;
Budget: 1,162,403.41 Eur
This new proposed programme is conceptualized as a continuation of the ongoing interventions and efforts during these three years (2016-2018), while being based on AWEN’s overall strategic objective for 2019-2021 that states ‘Women human rights are increasingly protected, promoted and respected in Albania’ and the three strategic outcomes for the strategic period 2018-2021. The designing of the strategic approaches and outcomes for the upcoming phase, has been also fed by some key lessons learnt during these three years.
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 contributetoimprovement and implementationofpolicies and legal frameworkfromdutybearersforprotection and promotionofwomen 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 adressing women human right issues and a community that is inceasingly supportive and reactive towrds 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.
Total Budget: 4.595.650 ALL
Objective: To create an enabling legislative and policy environment in line with international standards on eliminating violence against women and all forms of discrimination
Partnerships: The direct project partner for this initiative will be AWEN – Albanian Women Empowerment Network, part of which is also GADC. The other member organizations of AWEN that operate at local level are: “Association of Women and Girls with Social Problems”, Durres; “Me, the Woman”, Pogradec; “Agritra Vision”, Peshkopi; “Woman to Woman”, Shkoder “Woman’s Forum”, Elbasan; “The Psycho – Social Centre “Vatra”, Vlora; “Jona” association, Sarande; “Counseling Line for Girls and Women”, Tirana.
Wherever geographically relevant, some of the member organizations of AWEN will be involved in the implementation of some of the components of this intervention.
This project will also closely cooperate with other partner organizations and institutions:
Empower local women through actively promoting women rights by actively engaging young girls and women as change agents in the targeted areas.
The project objectives were:
The project aimed at a comprehensive intervention mainly at local level in the target areas – Ulёz, Divjakё, Krujё-FushёKrujё and Lezhё, and also at national level contributed to empowerment of women through advancement of their human rights and eradication of gender based violence.
The project contributed to empowerment of women in the targeted regions and promotionof women human rights, especially the rights of women victims of domestic violence.
Timeline: February – October 2019
Budget: 11.500 Eur
The goal of the project is to strengthen women’s voices and agency, including of women’s organizations working with and representing women from disadvantaged groups, at a regional level. The expected result is to therefore strengthen capacities of women’s organizations’ platforms and or networks as a vehicle to support women’s civic engagement in CEDAW and Istanbul Convention monitoring and reporting.
The objectives of the Assignment: Implementation of Gender Action Plan (GAP) (2nd Contract) are two-fold:
In the frame of this consultancy, a basic baseline/needs assessment upon which the work can be planned in more detail for the South and Central region (based on the experience and approach used for the North Region) will be conducted. The baseline will include information about social and economic position, awareness situation, and access to decision-making of women in the targeted areas. The baseline/needs assessment will not overlap with the overall ESP social baseline provided, but it will contribute in developing the needed methodology of intervention and will make the needed adjustments if work is not reaching results as expected. This consultancy also includes awareness raising activities for girls and women and young people on gender,and capacity building on organizational development and internal functioning of organizations.
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.
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.