Many young girls and women leave their homeland and live in the capital city, in order to improve their standard of living. However, the new way of living, different from rural and isolated areas of Albania, makes them face many challenges and difficulties.
B divorced about a year ago but she still lived in the house of her ex-husband in Tirana. The day she approached the ACT center, she was expelled from her ex-husband’s house. She was hopeless and psychologically burdened because her family and no one else supported her since she was divorced.
Throughout her life, she has worked only for a few months because she did the housework and cared for her son, so she was not familiar with the streets of Tirana and accessible services.
After several attempts, she sheltered for a few days at a close relative. During these days, B was advised and accompanied by the ACT workers to various institutions providing emergency services according to her needs, places that provide employment opportunities and free rented houses. After several days of searching for a job and a house, she was employed at a factory and rented a house. She worked in the factory for a few days, but we constantly advised her about other job opportunities. Soon she will start another job. Finally, she has received the documents for social housing and economic assistance.
Meetings, development of psychological sessions, counseling and accompanying her to various institutions have helped B feeling stronger and encouraged her to deal with the issues.
There has been a high request for psychological support at MWL Women Advice Centre of Tirana – ACT. Psychological support, as a direct service offered at ACT, has been offered to 18 youth/women who have suffered from domestic violence and abuse, psychological traumas, and everyday life distress. Apart from seeing the need to refer for extra support to the relevant services, to address their issues, ongoing life solutions are being sought. These women and girls, alongside their key worker, are finding ways to address their own empowerment, looking at their past and gaining new and healthy mechanisms to cope with situations in their present and in their future.
One woman, who was seeking for a job, for the first time in her life, attended counseling because she felt she wasn’t emotionally ready to face problems at work. These included coping with the different dynamics among colleagues at the job place. She wanted to build her self – esteem and self -confidence.