Two-days workshop with members of the Referral Mechanism for the treatment of gender-based and domestic violence’ cases in Korça.

UNFPA Albania, UNFPA EECARO and East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH), in collaboration with UNDP Albania  and coordinated by the Albanian Centre for Population and Development, an implementing partner of UNFPA, organized in Korça on 23 and 24 October, a two-days workshop on: “Strengthening the multi-sectoral service provision to gender-based and domestic violence victims/survivors”.

The main aim of this workshop was to discuss the multi-sectoral response to provide the needed services for gender based and domestic violence’ victims/survivors, focusing in particular on the Global Guidelines for Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence as well as on the Regional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for key sectors that provide such services. Participants in this workshop were members of the Referral Mechanism for the treatment of gender-based and domestic violence’ cases in Korça, respectively representatives of: Municipality and Administrative Units, Police Directory, Regional Education Department, Court, Regional Office of State Social Service and Health sector. UNFPA ECCARO’ representative and EEIRH’ expert presented to the members of the Referral Mechanism in Korça the Global Guidelines for Essential Services as well as Regional Standard Operating Procedures, while the representative of UNFPA Albania, the one of UNDP and ACPD’ expert, encouraged discussions and exchange of participants’ ideas on how to practically implement such modules and procedures in Albania. Participants’ comments and feedback will be reflected in the work being done to adapt these instruments and their use from the already established Referral Mechanisms or even from those that will be established in the future.

This workshop is part of the activities aimed at building synergies between United Nations Agencies to improve co-operation with institutions at central and local level, as well as with the actors responsible for drafting an institutional and standardized framework to combat gender-based and domestic violence.

Consultative meeting with representatives of the Municipality and “Me, the Woman” NGO in Pogradec.

On October 24th, 2017 a consultative meeting of the representatives of UNFPA Regional Office (UNFPA EECARO), UNFPA Albania and ACPD’ expert with representatives of Pogradec’ Municipality and “Me, the Woman” NGO was organized in Pogradec. The discussions during the consultative meeting focused on the functioning of the Referral Mechanism in Pogradec, as well as on the need to apply the Global Guidelines for Essential Services as well as Regional Standard Operating Procedures, as very important instruments for well-functioning and enhancement of the Referral Mechanisms’ effectiveness. Participants mentioned the need for the preparation of standards and procedures for well-functioning for Referral Mechanisms, as well as for better functioning of gender-based and domestic violence’ specialist services in Albania.

Workshop with Faculty of Medical Technical Sciences’ Academic Staff, in Tirana.

UNFPA Albania, UNFPA EECARO and East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH), coordinated by the Albanian Centre for Population and Development, an implementing partner of UNFPA, organized in Tirana on October 25th, 2017 a workshop on: “Effective response of health care professionals to gender-based and domestic violence”.

The main aim of this training workshop was to improve the capacities of the Faculty of Medical Technical Sciences’ academic staff in relation to multi-sectoral response services to victims / survivors of gender-based and domestic violence, as well as the role of health care professionals in this regard. Through the presentation and discussions on the Global Guidelines Package on Essential Services to be provided to victims / survivors as well as of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the health sector, it was built a common understanding of the need for a better application of this approach in Albania. Pedagogues of this Faculty also reflected on the need to include in their curricula some topics that improve the level of knowledge of future health care workers on their role, duties and responsibilities in addressing gender-based and domestic violence’ cases in Albania.

This workshop is part of the activities undertaken by UNFPA Albania and ACPD to support the Faculty of Medical Technical Sciences to conduct the necessary knowledge in the field of reproductive health as well as to improve the coordinated response for the treatment of gender-based and domestic violence’ cases in Albania.