St. "Medar Shtylla"
B. 26, Ap. 77
The Center for Gender Justice in Albania is a new organization established in June 2022 and registered according to the national legislation in Tirana District Court and Tax Offices. The Board of Directors is the highest decision-making body of the organization and consists of 3 members with equal voting rights. The Executive Director is the person who legally represents the organization. CGJA has a small staff composed by 3 persons but with wide experience and expertise in the civil society sector. Also, 2 advisors (in the legal and social field) are offering their services pro-bono. 5 volunteers are engaged in the organization’ activities. For 2022 the organization is supported financially by Mediterranean Women's Fund in the amount: 5000 EUR. Currently CGJA is implementing the project 'Make women safe'. In the framework of this project, the organization is building capacities of police officers in 6 district on gender-based violence and domestic violence in order to prevent femicide. Main partners: State Police, Tirana Municipality, The Monitoring Network Against Gender-Based Violence, the Center for Labour Rights, the Center for Civic Legal Initiatives.
The Center for Gender Justice in Albania is a non-profit, independent, non-partisan organization working to empower women and girls, protect their rights and fight gender inequalities. Mission: CGJA contributes to build a society where all women can live a life with dignity, without discrimination and with equal opportunities.
Areas of work The Center for Gender Justice in Albania: • Works to promote gender equality, prevent gender-based violence, increase the information level and awareness of the Albanian society about gender issues; • Supports women and girls to increase their participation and influence in the social, economic and political life through the implementation of leadership programmes, building self-esteem programmes, increasing professional skills, etc.; • Addresses the needs of victims of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, through the provision of tailor-made services aiming at their social and economic empowerment; • Increases the capacities of employees of state and non-state institutions that work for the protection and provision of services for women and girls; • Advocates and lobbies for the protection of women's rights and the achievement of gender justice in the Albanian society; • Conducts studies, analyses and researches on gender issues, including gender-based violence and domestic violence.
CGJA has a staff with large experience and expertise in the civil society sector. The Executive Director has 14 years of experience working for women’s NPOs as lawyer, legal advisor, programme manager, project coordinator, administrator. She is very experienced working in the gender field not only in terms of project management, research, legal expertise, but also working in direct contact with vulnerable groups (mainly women and girls), in organizing and conducting meetings with the community in urban and rural areas. The lawyer of the organization has long professional experience in the civil society sector, counselling/legal representation of women and girls and legal gender issues. Working for women’s organizations for a long time, the staff of CGJA is very familiar with the Albanian context in which women and girls live, the challenges they face and the situation of gender-based violence in the country. CGJA can contribute to the network by sharing with other members the expertise gained working on gender issues and bringing the staff experience on women's protection and empowerment strategies.
CGJA wants to join ALF Network because it is a dynamic network and a good opportunity to connect with other professionals and NGOs, share information and experiences, and hopefully implement joint initiatives.