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Empower Albanian Speaking Women Event on Saturday 18th March 2017

A free event, to be held on Saturday, 18th March 2017 from 11-7pm at the Gascoigne school, jointly organised by the Solace Women’s Aid and Shpresa Programme, to explore the hidden issues, challenges and complexities surrounding the protection needs of women from Albania as well as share and celebrate their achievements and contribution to the society.

Despite an increasing focus on refugees and international protection in Europe recent reports of increased numbers of trafficking of Albanian children and women have made headlines. 600 Albanian woemen and children were trafficked in UK 2015 . This country and the protection needs of those who fear to return there remain little understood.
Over 200 Albanain speaking women cross London use Shpresa ‘s services ands work hard to settle , integrate and contribute to the society.

The event aims to gather and give voice to Albanian speaking women that suffer in silence, empwoer them as well as create platforms for practitioners across a range of disciplines who provide care, support and legal representation to Albanian children, young people and women, along with experts working in the field of anti-trafficking and international protection, to help understand the lives and circumstances of this forgotten group and fundamental issues of culture, and to help dispel the myths that perpetuate and act as a barrier to achieving protection and durable solutions for vulnerable members of this community.

We hope to feature Women that succesfully have build their new life here in UK as well as experts to share with us information on :
• Domestic violence, how to spot the signs and where to look for advise
• Trafficking what are the signs and what support is available
• Challenges providing therapy to Albanian victims of violence and exploitation
• Training , volunteering and job opportunities here in UK
A short documentary film featuring the lived experiences of Albanian women here in UK

To register please contact Flutura Shega or Lorela Demushi at or 02075111586