Tirana 4 November 2020 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania, announced today the opening of the selection process of the National Child Rights Award in Albania 2020, which praises the institutions, non-governmental organizations, media and business, who in their work have contributed to the protection and the advancement of children's rights in Albania.
The National Award is an award given to persons, institutions or organizations, which throughout 2020 have been committed, supported, assisted or organized initiatives, actions or activities that have led to the best protection or advancing the children’s rights in Albania.
The award will be given in five categories: Institutions, Politicians, NGOs, Media and Business - which have contributed to the protection and advancement of children's rights in Albania, while it is accompanied by 4 Certificates of Appreciation in almost the same categories. The winners of the Children’s Rights Award will be announced on the morning of November 20, 2020, which also coincides with the International Day for the Rights of the Child. The winners will be announced through the media and on the official websites of CRCA / ECPAT Albania on the web and social networks, while the awarding of Prizes and evaluations will take place in a special ceremony organized by CRCA / ECPAT Albania.
The National Chil Rights Award was awarded for the first time in 2014, but due to concerns about the state of children's rights at the time, the Board of Directors of CRCA Albania decided to suspend the award for an unspecified period.
Its re-launch in 2020 coincides with the dire situation caused by the 2019 earthquake and then with the ongoing Covid pandemic. Given this situation, the Board of Directors decided “it is these types of situations or disasters that encourage more commitment from large communities, citizens together with organizations and institutions at local and central level, to come together in the fight for child protection. ”
The National Award of CRCA / ECPAT Albania aims to highlight and strengthen the mission of all those who work and are dedicated every day to the protection, care and advancement of the rights of the child, wanting to appreciate professionalism, humanism or development of new methods and initiatives for children's rights in Albania.
Albania has been ratifying the UN Convention on Children’s Rights for 28 years. Despite significant improvements in several areas, children continue to be the main victims of sexual violence, trafficking and exploitation for work and poverty.