The Albanian Women Empowering NetworkThe Albanian Women Empowering Network works in the field of protection of human rights, in particular of the rights of women and girls. The mission of “Albanian Women’s Empowerment Network is to support, protect and promote the rights and interests of women and girls in the Republic of Albania, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, language, origin, education, political beliefs, religious and philosophical beliefs or social - economic status. As a network, the mission is fulfilled through exchange of experiences and information, joint actions, partnering and networking among member organizations but not only, as well as lobbying and advocacy at local and central level. While AWEN plays an important role in fund raising on behalf of its members, it’s member organizations offer support to girls and women in need (with special focus on women victims of DV & trafficking) overall Albania, consisting in psycho-social advice and support, legal support, sheltering, re/integration services (education, professional formation, mediation for employment, housing, etc).
AWEN’s member NGOs are:
- “Gender Alliance for Development Centre”, Tirana
- “Association of Women and Girls with Social Problems”, Durres
- “Me, the Woman”, Pogradec
- “Agritra Vision”, Peshkopi
- “Woman to Woman”, Shkodra
- “Woman’s Forum”, Elbasan
- “The Psycho – Social Centre “Vatra”, Vlora
- “Jona” Association, Saranda
- “Counseling Line for Girls and Women”, Tirana
- “Center for Civic and Legal Initiatives”, Tirana
Contact:Executive Director: Ines Leskaj
Address: ”Vaso Pasha” Str, B.16/1, 2nd floor, Tirana
GADC‘s main thematic areas of expertise lie in: • Building peace and ending gender-based violence • Ensuring women’s economic empowerment; Women’s Entrepreneurship • Empower citizens to monitor local gender agenda • Expanding women’s participation in politics and decision making • Advancing women’s rights in rural areas
HistoryEstablished in 1994 as the Women’s Center, GADC is a non-partisan non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience in research, public education, capacity development assistance, monitoring, and advocacy. GADC promotes democratic development and good governance with special focus on gender equity and social inclusion. GADC is a leading CSO in Albania and in South East Europe recognized for its role in introducing crucial issues regarding women’s rights and social inclusion, such as gender-based violence and trafficking in persons, or economic empowerment of vulnerable groups, and advocating for key legislation and policies, such as the The Gender Equality Law, the Law “On measures against domestic violence in family relations” and the introduction of gender budgeting at the local and central government level, that have brought about significant improvement in addressing gender inequality and social exclusion of vulnerable groups in the country. Since its beginnings, GADC has implemented more than 100 projects that have affected the lives of thousands of beneficiaries throughout Albania.
MissionGADC’s mission is to promote real and effective equality between women and men in all spheres of public and private life, across Albania.
Vision and valuesGADC is committed to a vision of Albanian women and men having equal rights and equal access to opportunities, as well as full enjoyment of their personal integrity and choice. GADC works to empower women to move from one level of achievement to the next into a peaceful and respectful environment.
The mission of GADC is achieved through: collecting and processing opinions and views of groups that benefit from the planning, implementation and evaluation of different projects; raising the awareness of different groups on gender issues; addressing problems that Albanian women face in different areas, such as: poverty, low participation in decision-making, domestic violence, trafficking, low access for information, etc; gathering, processing and distributing information on social issues; consolidating the network of collaborators all over Albania; studying social problems from a gender perspective; promoting and supporting women participation in decision-making; increasing the beneficiaries’ number (organizations and individuals) through expanding and improving services provided.
General InformationName of the organization (in English): Gender Alliance for Development Centre
Name of the organization (in original language): Qendra Aleanca Gjinore për Zhvillim
Address: Rr.”Abdyl Frasheri”, p10./1, shk.1, ap.3, Tirana, Albania
Phone: ++ 355 4 2 25 55 14; Mob.:++ 355 (0) 68 20 59 301;
E-mail address: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Page: www.gadc.org.al;
Facebook: Gender Alliance for Development Centre
The court registration number: 102, June 27, 1995
Represented by: Mirela Arqimandriti – Executive Director