Coverage: UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and UN Women Chief of Staff in Albania

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey, Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Chief of Staff Khetsiwe Dlamini with UN Women staff in Albania. Photo: UN Women/Violana Murataj
UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey, Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Chief of Staff Khetsiwe Dlamini with UN Women staff in Albania. Photo: UN Women/Violana Murataj

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Chief of Staff Khetsiwe Dlamini visited Albania from 3-4 August to meet with government representatives, civil society organizations, private sector leaders and other development partners. Their discussions focused on issues such as economic empowerment and the implementation of the Gender Equality Facility in Albania, which supports the Government in the national adoptation of existing European Union legislation and directives on gender equality.

3 August

In their first day in Albania, Ms. Gisladottir and Ms. Dlamini focused on the success and challenges of the Gender Equality Facility (GEF) in Albania, a tool that supports the Government of Albania in adopting EU legislation and directives on gender equality. They met with development partners the Austrian Development Agency and the European Union in Albania and discussed the GEF as a UN Women in Albania innovation that should be used to strengthen the national gender machinery.

4 August

On the second day of their visit to Albania, Ms. Gisladottir and Ms. Dlamini met with representatives of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and discussed the role of the Ministry in advancing gender equality in the country.

Later that day, Ms. Gisladottir and Ms. Dlamini visited the first feminist library in the country, established by Gender Alliance for Development Center, which has partnered with UN Women on the application of gender-responsive budgeting and Community-based Scorecards—a technique that provides citizens the opportunity to express their priorities and monitor the achievements of local decision makers—in order to improve the quality of services and enhance good governance.

See the full story on the UN Women Europe and Central Asia website.