8 March - International Women's Day. Directly from Albania the voice of women who have come together to realize their dreams. "We will not move from this place. We will try to make other people come here who want to live there. Women are tireless ... the time has come to prove their worth ".
For three years the WOMEN project has been supporting women's groups in the mountain areas of northern Albania.
He made their business ideas possible, made a future of hope possible.
In some of the most remote and isolated areas of Northern Albania, 24 groups of women have been able to carry out their business initiatives thanks to the Project WOMEN - Women of the Mountains Empowerment Network. The intervention was promoted by the Italian NGO RTM - Volunteers in the world in collaboration with "Qendra and Gruas Hapa të Lehtë" (Women's Light Steps Center), Foundation Partnership For Development (PfD) and Albania News (media partner), with financial support from the European Union, the Cassa di Risparmio di Modena Foundation, the Municipality of Modena and the Valdese Church.
WOMEN spoke about three of the main problems that women in these rural areas have: profound isolation, lack of entrepreneurial skills, and economic dependence.
The work of these women is hardly recognized with an economic salary. For this reason, having created entrepreneurial activities and therefore having a source of income allows them to have greater weight and greater recognition in the family and in the community.
Working together has also allowed them to raise awareness of their abilities, confront each other, even harshly, with respect to difficulties and support each other; helped them not to feel alone anymore, making them stronger.
The hope for all of them is to guarantee a better future for their children and their families, to no longer be forced to abandon their lands.
As they say "union is strength", this is even more true when women are united!
This is the story of the tireless women of Northern Albania. Happy party to all
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