National youth network established in Albania

National youth network established in Albania

Tirana, 22 April 2015 – Over 21 civil society organizations and 5 political youth forums, decided today to establish the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN). The Network will be an umbrella organization of youth organizations and those working for young people all over Albania, which have a consolidated and long-term activity locally and nationally to promote youth issues. ANYN it comes at a key moment for the empowerment and involvement of young people at local elections that are taking place tis June in Albania and at new policies taking place for young people at national level.

The aim of Albanian National Youth Network is to promote the issues and rights of young people at local and national level, despite political, economic or social status, sexual orientation, gender identity, skills or background to which they belong; to advocate for youth participation representation at all levels of decision-making, promote new youth friendly policies at national and local level, as well as encouraging new national laws and programs to support youth in Albania.

Members of the Albanian National Youth Network include: Active Disabled People Albania; Pink Embassy; European Association of Electrical Engineering Students - EESTEC; Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture; Lezha Youth Committee; Albanian Coalition for Child Education; Coalition for Promotion of Women and Youth in Politics; ALO 116: National Child Help Line; La Casa nel Cuore; Youth Center, Puka; New Vision; Open Mind Spectrum Albania - OMSA; Student Youth Organization; PO Youth Center, Tirana / Aulona Youth Center, Vlora; USHTEN Organization; Hope for the Future, Shkodra; Children's Rights Centre Albania - CRCA; Information and Research Center for Children's Rights in Albania; Civil Society Development Center, Durres - CSDC; The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience / IAESTE Albania; TAMAM Albania; Voice of Roma in Albania; Youth in Action, Korca; Youth Political Forum of Red & Black Alliance; Youth Forum of Party Unity for Human Rights; Youth Forum of the Democratic New Spirit Party; the Club of Young Patriot; Youth Movement for Integration.

Albanian National Youth Network will be open to every organization or forum that works for young people at local or national level. It will encourage partnerships between Youth organisations and the local Government, Parliament and the Government, to propose new solutions to problems and concerns that young people have across the country. The network will be represented in the 12 districts of Albania and 61 new municipalities that will be established after the local elections of June 2015.

For more information on ANYN, please contact:

Klaudio Pulaha, e-mail: klaudio.pulaha@crca.al

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