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Project ID:00065654Description:ALB Result 2.1.2 - Women, chil
Albania SDG Acceleration Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
End Date*: 31 Dec 2012
Country: Albania Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Supporting the Rights and Voices of Youth

UNICEF continued to support Youth Parliaments at national and local levels. Youth Parliaments are active in the twelve prefectures of the country and have facilitated the creation of specifi c bodies or committees in eleven of these. The impact of Youth Parliaments is already visible, with examples including the creation of a specifi c budget line for youth activities in Durres and young people in Shkodra collaborating with the Employment Services to help them be more youth friendly and reach out to those most in need. The national level Youth Parliament acted as a strong youth advocacy network, in particular in the area of healthy lifestyles. The Youth Parliament statute was amended to make 50 percent representation by girls a requirement. Youth Parliaments all over the country have organized monthly fora with young people and parents to discuss the importance of the new law and the quota for women. The discussions have generated thought on the importance of analysing political platforms from a gender perspective, laying a strong foundation for gender equality advocacy in the context of 2011 local elections. Youth Parliaments in eleven regions have developed local plans to raise awareness on women’s participation in public life and to encourage young people, especially young girls, to vote.

UN support to enhancing the capacity of young people in Albania to participate in decision making also included the Model UN Conference, which gathered 190 young people from across Albania. UNFPA support to MOTCYS and national NGOs led to the provision of human rights training to forty young people from schools and universities. Awareness activities on substance use and abuse reached young people, teachers, school psychologists and parents in ten schools in Tirana, Durres, Vlora and Shkodra. UNFPA continued working with MOTCYS and civil society organizations to support peer education on healthy lifestyles, prevention of risky behaviour and HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), and national level activities on reproductive health and rights carried out by 22 NGOs. A database of NGOs working on youth issues was established. UNFPA also supported MOTCYS in carrying out a national study on youth employment and migration, allowing for formulation of evidence-based policies in this area.

Source: 2010 Annual Progress Report

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  • Fioralba Shkodra, UN Coordination Specialist; Telephone: 00355 4 2276 648; Email:; Skype: fioralba.shkodra
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