Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist violence.

On February 15th MWL Men’s project organized a training, facilitated by the MWL trainer,  Zana Guri, in Lushnja.  The topic covered was: ‘’The Prevention of Radicalization and Extreme violence in Albania’’. 25 men aged 25 -65 years, from the Lushnje region, participated in the session.  The group was interested to know how this phenomenon could affect their families and communities and how strong this phenomena is in Albania. This session was an awareness raising meeting and each participant had the chance to reflect on their different realities and find time for insightful moments. The discussion was intense and very coherent. This meeting was a challenge in general because of patriarchy and the hidden nature of a man’s development in Albania.

 

The work of MWL Men`s Project.

It is 12 p.m. and you can note signs of life in the city, pupils are coming from school, people from villages come to take some food and to buy goods, others come to deal with administrative documents, running in and out of different offices, trying to find a solution to their problems. In a small city like Puka, where everybody knows everybody, it is a very big challenge to go against the current. After three p.m. everything changes, it is like seeing something in a movie where scary events may happen, the city now belongs to somebody else, to the silence, the cold, or any visitor who has missed the last bus,  in the street the dogs are left. I’m here with my friend Edi, both of us trapped in our mobiles trying to remain connected with Tirana, waiting to have a meeting with a group of dreamers who will disrupt this scene. And here they are, different ages, different religions, different convictions, different skills but with the same goal. They want to change this reality and to wake up the city from this lethargic sleep. Word after word, plenty of ideas are flowing and 4 hours have passed without anyone noticing. This is the team composed of representatives from the municipality, local NGOs, work office reps, the department of culture and young people whom MWL is supporting to do something to make systemic and sustainable change a reality for Puka. The beginning strategy, with a forum, is focused on tourism. This will have a direct impact on the development of the area, reduce poverty, emigration and trafficking.