Men and Boys in Albania committed to end violence against women.
Today is the International Day to end Violence against Women. Hundreds of men and boys, women and girls took to the streets of Tirana as well as Durres and Vlora to call on society to end violence against women. Dressed in orange, their appeal conveyed a strong message: Men and women shall work together to eradicate violence.
“This International Day to End Violence against Women is a chance to recommit to preventing and halting all forms of violence against women and girls. When we secure their rights, we advance our common humanity”-said the UN secretary General Ban Ki moon.A symbolic orange was displayed in the center of the city where hundreds left their messages against domestic violence. Messages conveyed that men and boys have a great role to play and called on them to be part of the solution.
The Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Mr.Erion Veliaj, present at the event invited all the boys and men to be part of this campaign "Violence is not a sign of manhood especially if it used against girls, sisters, mothers and our partners. Those who use violence are cowards and weak”. Further on Minister Veliaj called on the society and especially on men and boys to be part of the campaign.
Ms. Zineb Toumi Benjelloun, United Nations Resident Coordinator present at the event, amongst others said: “All too often men and boys have been viewed as part of the problem while not sufficiently leveraging on their potential for contributing to the solution. All of us, men and women are both part of the problem and have the strong potential to contribute to end violence against women”.
The event was organized with the initiative of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth in partnership with UNDP and UN Women and the Community Centre “Today for the future”. The event was organized in the context of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The campaign aims at involving men and boys in the fight against violence. A number of activities will be organized during 16 days in several cities across the country.
According to a recent national sample survey on gender-based violence, 59. 4% of Albania women have suffered from some form of violence.
These initiatives are undertaken in the context of UNiTE - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign to end violence against women, which calls on governments, civil society, women, men and boys, organizations, private sector, media and the entire UN system to join forces against this global phenomenon.