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STATEMENT - The Gender Alliance for Development Centre wishes to all Albanian women and girls Happy International Women’s Day!

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We would like to remind and continue to seek from the main actors of the Albanian society, positive actions for the progress of the Albanian women, their economic development and decision-making. We have some suggestions for various parties, which are based on the findings from the studies conducted on the causes of gender issues and from conclusions from meetings with Albanian women and girls throughout the country.

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Roundtable on “How to respond to domestic violence – a manual for all DV practitioners, with a special focus on Albanian State Police”

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roundGender Alliance for Development Center , under the project " Support to the Swedish Government, Ministry of Interior / Albanian State Police Community Policing" , funded by SIDA and implemented by SIPU, has prepared a manual for all stakeholders in the fight against domestic violence with a special focus on officers of the Albanian State Police.

The discussion roundtable on "How to respond to domestic violence – a manual for all DV practitioners, with a special focus on Albanian State Police" was organized in close collaboration with Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and Ministry of Interior, at the premises of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth. The aim was to discuss together with all relevant stakeholders about the content of the drafted manual and collect concrete feedback for its finalization.

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Screening documentary “Albanian Women Movement ‘90+’20”

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On 02 October 2013, Gender Alliance for Development Centre in close collaboration with "Reflection" association and "Useful Albanian Woman" association organized an event, screening documentary "Albanian Women Movement '90+'20", at Tirana "Agimi" cinema. The documentary was realized in the frame of the 100 Anniversaries of Independent of Albania and 20 years of women movement in Albania activities that started since 2012. The objective of this event was to be presented the contributions of women movement in Albania during 20 years, challenges of gender equality, changes in legal framework, development of civil society organizations all over Albania and women's social problems (domestic violence, trafficking, employment etc) for a wider audience.

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Closure Event of the project “Women empowerment: Building capacities to improve access economic opportunities with a special focus to victims of Domestic Violence”

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closingTirana, October 3rd 2013 – Gender Alliance for Development Centre and Counseling Line for Girls and Women, during a period of 18 months (February 2012 – July 2013) implemented the project "Women empowerment: Building capacities to improve access economic opportunities with a special focus to victims of Domestic Violence" in Shkodra, Lac, Milot, Lezha, Puka, Ulez and Burrel regions, in close partnership with local institutions and women of these areas, financed by EU in the frame of EIHDR instrument.

In a society where the word emancipation should not be seen only as a slogan or facade, we cannot talk about women's rights if they do not have the economic opportunities to become independent and free themselves from the abusive relationships in which they are entrapped.

"Economic empowerment of women is a prerequisite for sustainable development of a society, and at the same time is an issue of equal rights. Economic empowerment of women is not easy and it does not happen overnight, but requires public policies based on international best practices and long-term engagement primarily by state institutions in collaboration with all other stakeholders, "- said Mirela Arqimandriti, Executive director of GADC.

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Gender Advanced Training

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On 17th and 18th September 2013, Gender Alliance for Development Centre organized a two days training on "Basic concepts on gender equality for local governance" with the staff of Kuçova and Puka Municipality, in a conference room of Hotel "Luna" in Tirana. The training was conducted under the framework of the project: "Gender action plan design in the Municipality of Kuçova and Puka" financed by Soros Foundation in Albania. Most of the participants were working in the Municipalities but there were also representatives of other institutions such as health sector, education, civil society etc, especially from Puka.

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