The Swedish Embassy in Tirana, together with the United Nations in Albania and the Albanian Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs, celebrated United Nations Day on October 24 by raising, discussing and highlighting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Six women working in Albania were highlighted and honoured as Albanian politicians, civil society representatives, partner organisations and the media were invited for discussions on gender equality. The women (presented in the film above) were highlighted for their important work for change and increased gender equality in the country, including the education of girls, woman’s entrepreneurship and the fight against gender-based violence. Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström also took part via a video message. She spoke about Sweden’s engagement in the UN and for gender equality via the feminist foreign policy, which encompasses conflict prevention and including more women in peace processes.
Equality between women and men is a goal in itself, but it is also a prerequisite for sustainable and peaceful development in the world. Gender equality is achieved when women, men, girls and boys have equal rights, conditions and opportunities, and the power to shape their own lives and contribute to the development of society.
Johan Ndisi, Sweden’s Ambassador in Tirana, said in a speech at the UN Day celebrations: “Our cooperation with the UN is crucial for our development cooperation with Albania, particularly regarding gender equality. UN Women and other partner organisations are doing important work in this area, including on gender-based violence and women’s participation in decision-making. Women’s rights, resources and representation must be guaranteed so that women and men can participate in society on equal terms.”
Watch a short version of the film above via the Embassy’s Twitter account.
This case relates to Global Goal 5: Gender equality.