Washington DC: Women’s organizations come together to discuss trafficking challenges

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 24, 2018 09:49

Washington DC: Women’s organizations come together to discuss trafficking challenges

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  • Although the number of girls and women being trafficked abroad has marked a significant drop, another emerging problem looms -- human trafficking within Albania.

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TIRANA, July 24 – Amy Sebes, founder of the Association of Albanian Girls and Women, held a meeting in Washington DC to present the Albanian diaspora with the challenges trafficked women and girls face once traumatized from this phenomenon still present in Albanian society.

The AAGW, which she established 15 years ago, has provided social and emotional support to hundreds of trafficked Albanian women, empowering them and helping them to reintegrate in society.

Although the number of girls and women being trafficked abroad has marked a significant drop, Sebes spoke of another emerging problem – human trafficking within Albania.

“Trafficking within Albania has grown, especially from small towns to big cities and especially to Durres during the summer months. This is quite disturbing,” Sebes said.

The voices of trafficked girls who found shelter and support by the AAGW made the challenges experienced by them more accessible for the participants who gathered at the premises of the non-profit Open Gov Hub.

“I am very touched by the work she has done to help the victims of trafficking. As a member of Vatra we want to raise awareness about this problem to help women in Albania and everywhere else,” member of the Pan Albanian Vatra Federation Teuta Bucaj said.

Sara Çapaliku, on the other hand, has worked in Albania with non-governmental organizations that assist trafficked women and told the Voice of America there is still much to be done in raising awareness in society concerning this negative phenomenon.

“There is not enough awareness, people think this is not an ongoing and repetitive issue, but only that its methods have been refined. I do not think awareness has grown in Albania and I do not think the state has done any great work to invest in the reintegration or the salvation of these victims,” she said.

Albanian Ambassador to the US, Floreta Faber, however, said that beyond the challenges, Albania has increased the representation of women at managerial levels and recognizes their potential as a motor for a more advanced society.

“Today we have more than 50 percent of the administration run by women, senior managerial levels run by women, we have 30 percent of women parliamentarians and I would say a large number of ambassadors in different countries are women.This has increased internal confidence for a large number of other women that they too can be part of this great effort to develop society,” Faber said.

Participants sent inspirational messages to trafficking victims by putting in words of encouragement for all those women and girls who still face the consequences of a long, but still tangible, battle in Albania.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 24, 2018 09:49