An Active Society towards Gender Equality

Project funded by UNDP ALBANIA.

17 December 2012-31 August 2013  

Within the framework of the project “ Civil society and media facilitate a public demand for human rights, gender equality and access to justice  and including the compliance with international legal instruments and the convention on the elimination of all discrimination against women)

This project’s goal was to establish mechanisms of dialogue between women’s  groups on the one hand and local authorities and political parties on the other, on the basis of CBS to advocate for and monitor commitment to the gender equality in planning and budgeting in Korça region.

In the frame of this project, on the eve of parliamentary elections 2013, we selected the problems and recommendations presented in the 8 tables of CBS under our disposal (4 municipalities + 4 communes). We created a single CBS table with the ones belonging to the local government and advocated with the structures of the political parties to be taken under consideration during the creation of the electoral program.

Through an open forum, which was fully broadcast from TVK television, we monitored how much these parties had taken under consideration the demands of the community in their programs. There were present 6 candidates for deputy in the panel answering the questions of the moderator of the forum and at the end, the ones questioned by the people of the audience. At the end of this forum, our organization made possible a package of promises which served for the parliamentary elections of 2017.

The CBS process is a community based monitoring tool, ensuring a wide participation of the public. CBS, known also as “The Voice of the Community” enabled the citizens to express their assessment over the quality, sufficiency and efficiency of the public services such as health service, education, public transport and water supply, urban residues etc.

GZHK made possible the launching of the CBS results through meetings, open forums, press declaration and local media. The findings about the policies and services of the local government as well as the recommendations presented in the CBS were presented continuously to the local councils and the directors of the institutions.