Background

 
 

Gender equality is a major challenge for today’s Albanian Society and one of the motivations behind the charism of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. This project aims to strengthen the role of men in prevention and ending gender equality issues, abuse and violence, especially in the most marginalised and excluded regions of Albania, and thus progress towards the well-being of families and society as a whole. To do this, we will engage directly with the men’s community, by addressing the role of gender in a manner that is relevant and understandable to men. This will bridge the gender gap by highlighting the men’s attitudes within the context of men’s interests, encouraging men to develop respectful and nonviolent relationships as one of the most effective ways to prevent violence against women. This will promote attitudes and behaviours that support equality and respect. By combining these efforts with women’s projects, we will have more impact on reducing inequality in Albania.

Background 

A substantial gap already exists between the involvement and work done with women and men in regards to these concerns. Mary Ward Loreto recognizes the opportunity of engagement directly with men in the community as a crucial step which needs to be strengthened to foster gender equality. Men have a critical role to play in the prevention of abuse and violence against women and this work also includes giving equal opportunity to men and women in the positions of social power and influence. This project is therefore designed to improve men’s contribution to gender equality and changing social attitudes towards women in Albania. In this sense, men can be empowered to challenge stereotypical notions of masculinity, reject hyper-masculine ideologies and behaviours. Inevitably this will mean looking at men’s position in society and why the form of patriarchy in Albania becomes particularly abusive in regions of poverty where men are mainly unemployed.

Project Goals and Objectives

To strengthen the role of men in prevention and ending gender equality issues, abuse and violence, especially in the most marginalised and excluded regions of Albania, and thus progress towards the well-being of society as a whole. Through community-based activities, the project seeks to:
– Increase men’s awareness and promote benefits related to gender equality;
– Engage men, including perpetrators of violence, in changing unequal gender norms and practices;
– Become men’s behaviour change facilitators;
– Involve men in work which have positive, transformative impacts on their own lives;
– Extend influence in preventing violence before it happens.

 

 

Events and Action

 


The Goal of the Project: Strengthening the role of men in gender equality issues, abuse and violence, and in the promotion of development towards economic and human empowerment of men. This in itself contributes to the development of a better society in Albania. “A Good start is half of the work”,(a proverb in Albania). MWLM in the first year of implementation of this project has made big strides to accomplish the goal of the project. Human Development programmes, launched in January 2017, have broken many barriers which have been controlling the mentality created so far in the Albanian society. Hundreds of men, in different areas of Albania, have become actively engaged in the training, topics have been covered such as: Gender equality and gender based violence, addiction to alcohol and gambling, use of property and efficient use of agricultural land. presently and into the future other topics are being covered such as: Good parenting and training against human trafficking. Besides this essential human development process for the men’s project, the development of economic empowerment of men has continued, in communities with less development opportunities, and in parallel to the human development training. In this context, dozens of men are enrolled in vocational training courses with the support of MWL. In the north of Albania training is being organised to facilitate collection treatment of medicinal plants, that are found in abundance in these areas and can be a very good self-employment opportunity for local residents. The MWLM project has also started work to organize local forums, forums where men and women will be able to discuss and address the specific problems of their community and join forces and voices to implement concrete and systemic changes in their lives…. This is just the start…

 

Conference on Challenges and Perspectives of Men in the Albanian Society

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Mary Ward Loreto Foundation was pleased to launch the research on the Issues and Needs of Albanian Men. This research has been led by the Mary Ward Loreto project called Mary Ward Loreto Men. A Survey of Issues and needs has been conducted in different areas of Albania. The data analysis was made by Stephen Coryelle, PhD, who gave a short presentation of the research findings during the conference. Alfred Matoshi, MWL Men Project Manager, presented his research experience in the field during eight months.

The conference was attended by more than 150 guests from all districts of Albania. Z. Arben Sinojmeri, Ministry of Social issue and Youth was present and gave a short input. The conference was also covered by the media. Participants were free to discuss in round tables the proceedings of the day. Their questions were responded to with great interest by the panel.

Please click here to download the research in English

Ju lutem klikoni këtu për të shkarkuar studimin në gjuhën shqipe

 

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Launching of the Mary Ward Loreto Men Project: January 2016

IMG_9492For hundreds and maybe thousands of years our mothers have given birth to boys and girls. They have given them not only the milk but also the cultural place designated to them, by the family, at the table, for work, in sadness and happiness, in mind and also in heart. For all these centuries our mothers have been bringing  up their children with the inherited issue of the difference between the education of the boys and girls. Time after time this has come as a phenomenon and has been accepted by every involved actor. Normally the question comes out: Why? An aphorism says that: “Men think that the World is ncreated only for them”, maybe this is not only men’s thought, in a way this has been accepted also by women. In Albanian society, the man, through the centuries, was considered as the head of the house, of the land, of the wife. His decisions were rarely discussed right up until the time of communism, when in the Albanian society, a kind of gender equality was injected. This has broken natures borders for Albania, we had women who worked as bricklayers, tractor-drivers, oilmen, soldiers and many other professions which were considered very difficult even for men. At the same time these same women had to be mothers. In the ’90’s, the new ‘democratic’ system was being given birth and the Albanian family had not been prepared for this change. Thousands of boys and men emigrated and stayed for many years separated from their families and this reality which they had left behind. In western areas they were confronted with an unknown phenomena: drugs, prostitution, trafficking, deception and so much more. All of these challenges compensated, very quickly for the challenge of the extreme, inherited, economic needs.

Unfortunately boys and men, also helped by the media, brought these new ideas back to Albania as an example for other young men just leaving school. They see it as a way for facing their future. They also run away from the idea of fair work being the means of earning an income. Mary Ward Loreto in 2016, dared to take a step forward, challenging all prejudices and mentality on these issues. They have implemented a project which will help men to become more sensitive to matters of gender equality, more responsible for their role in family and society and enabled to create a vision for their future based on Freedom, Justice and Sincerity. The project was launched and has aroused much curiosity and interest all over Albania. We are now at the stage of involving 100 men in filling in questionnaires for the final research project which will also include focus groups to give a qualitative and quantitative result. All of these results are the first signs that we are on the right path.

Reports


Conference on Challenges and Perspectives of Men in the Albanian Society

Cover-Men-Research

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation was pleased to launch the research on the Issues and Needs of Albanian Men. This research has been led by the Mary Ward Loreto project called Mary Ward Loreto Men. A Survey of Issues and needs has been conducted in different areas of Albania. The data analysis was made by Stephen Coryelle, PhD, who gave a short presentation of the research findings during the conference. Alfred Matoshi, MWL Men Project Manager, presented his research experience in the field during eight months.

The conference was attended by more than 150 guests from all districts of Albania. Z. Arben Sinojmeri, Ministry of Social issue and Youth was present and gave a short input. The conference was also covered by the media. Participants were free to discuss in round tables the proceedings of the day. Their questions were responded to with great interest by the panel.

Please click here to download the research in English

Ju lutem klikoni këtu për të shkarkuar studimin në gjuhën shqipe

 

 


Please Click Here to Read Men’s Project Three Monthly Progress Report.

Reporting Period: January -March 2016

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Mary Ward Loreto  Women`s Research Report prior to the launching of the Men`s Project.

Before the MWL Men`s project began, MWL  decided to ask groups of women form MWL Women`s project what they thought were the problems for men in Albania. MWL thought this will help in the development of the concept for the Men`s Project. The following are  the findings of these women: Men’s Project Research Report

Please Click Here to Read the Concept Note of the Men`s Project 2015.


Challenges and Perspectives of Men in the Albanian Society 

 

Cover-Men-Research

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation was pleased to launch the research on the Issues and Needs of Albanian Men. This research has been led by the Mary Ward Loreto project called Mary Ward Loreto Men. A Survey of Issues and needs has been conducted in different areas of Albania. The data analysis was made by Stephen Coryelle, PhD, who gave a short presentation of the research findings during the conference. Alfred Matoshi, MWL Men Project Manager, presented his research experience in the field during eight months.

The conference was attended by more than 150 guests from all districts of Albania. Z. Arben Sinojmeri, Ministry of Social issue and Youth was present and gave a short input. The conference was also covered by the media. Participants were free to discuss in round tables the proceedings of the day. Their questions were responded to with great interest by the panel.

Please click here to download the research in English

Ju lutem klikoni këtu për të shkarkuar studimin në gjuhën shqipe

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