Citizens of Tirana can report domestic violence cases through a green line
A green line to report domestic violence cases is now available to Tirana citizens. On International Women’s Day many urban bus lines in Tirana carry the slogan “Tirana against violence against women” which provides information on free telephone lines where they can report domestic violence and seek help. The Community Centres Network (Useful to Albanian Women Association) and Tirana Municipality are providing specialized psychologists and social workers to answer the calls and refer domestic violence cases to appropriate services.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, together with many women diplomats, joined Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Ms. Jorida Tabaku in one of the buses and showed their solidarity and support to public response against gender-based and domestic violence.
“Today on International Women’s Day, while many women celebrate, we are here to show that many other women are fighting for their rights. In cooperation with UNDP and women diplomats and at the same time with civil society, that undertook this initiative, we have made an effort to make visible the green number that will be available for all women subject to violence”, Jorida Tabaku, Deputy Mayor if Tirana said.
The usual passengers of Tirana e Re bus line were greeted this morning by a group of volunteers carrying mimosa branches and the campaign ribbon of the UN Secretary General’s “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women!”
They provided information about Tirana Coordinated Response Mechanism, what this Mechanism can do for survivors of domestic violence and how citizens can contact the members of the Mechanism to seek help, including a toll-free green number.
“Having a toll -free telephone number is very important for women survivors. They have a place to report domestic violence cases and have access to appropriate services”, - UNDP Resident representative, Ms. Zineb Touimi--Benjelloun highlighted.
Present at the event French Ambassador Ms. Christine Moro noted that ‘action” is the right word as violence is one of the major issues amongst women.
German Ambassador Ms. Carola Müller –Holtkemper amongst others said that it is important to not forget that women’s rights are not fully met while violence against women is a very serious issue. “That’s why I am happy to contribute to this project that will give assistance to women through telephone lines”.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Albania, with the support of the Swedish government, is assisting Tirana Municipality, and particularly its Gender Equality Office, the law enforcement agencies, justice, health, education and employment structures, as well as non-profit organizations providing services, to jointly respond to domestic violence cases. In collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, UNDP is helping to spread the model of inter-disciplinary collaboration against domestic violence and many other local government units as required by domestic legislation and international standards ratified by the Republic of Albania.
For protection against domestic violence please call toll-free number 0800 99 88 or Municipality Domestic Violence Coordinator 067 2000 717