OPEN FORUM: “PROMOTION OF NEW WOMEN MP CANDIDATES IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2009”
Tirana, 29 May 2009 – The Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania in cooperation with the Albanian Coalition for Promotion of Women, Youth and Minorities in Politics, a network of civil society organisations working for women, youth, children and human rights, organised this morning the Open Forum “Promotion of new Women MP candidates in the parliamentary elections 2009”. The Forum is supported by Olof Palme International Centre and UNIFEM Albania.
The aim of the forum was to promote the new MP candidates in the forthcoming elections in Albania from all political spectrum to the civil society and general public, by providing them with an opportunity to present their political platforms, ideas and aims as next MP’s in the Albanian Parliament.
“After years of work we are proud that in the next Parliament we will have two to three times more women members of the Parliament as compare with the last one – said Mr. Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA/DCI Albania and moderator of the forum – This is an achievement first of all of all women and girls in Albania and at the same time of the civil society.”
Special guest of the event was Mrs. Tugba Kalafatoglu from the organisation Vote for Women, who has worked as a political adviser to several US presidential elections, including the current USA President.
The Forum was attended by women candidates from almost all political in Albania such as SP, LSI, PR, G99, LZHK and representatives of civil society in Albania, media, foreign embassies and organisations.
At the forum, apart from the presentation of women candidates’ political platforms and programmes, the participants debated together on the women’s role in society, violence against women, economical situation, social services and above all how the candidates would progress the women’s role in politics and society.
The women candidates, members of the discussion panel, focused their attention the actions that they will implement of elected as members of the Albanian Parliament. Among the major actions were legislation improvement in support of women and national gender mechanisms, strengthening of public social services for women, provisions of financial support to implement the laws and strengthen the institutions etc. Special attention was given to women concerns coming from poor and marginalised background or socially excluded areas in the country.
Part of the Forum was the organisation of a small NGO Fair with publications on women rights, gender issue, political participation, employment etc.