Country / Region profile of: Albania

Albania has a long history of women's rights work, with their first women's association established in 1909. Following the dissolution of the communist government in 1992, women's participation in the Albanian government fell significantly. Although the last large violent uprising was in 1997, women face other forms of violence in Albania as women and children in Albania are often targeted for human trafficking. While Albania acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1994, Albania is ranked at 38 of 144 nations on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Albania ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on 19 March 2014. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Albania pledged its full support to the Italian initiative of creating a Mediterranean women mediators network, which is a concrete mechanism that aims to prevent and mitigate conflict through the increased participation of women in peace processes. In 2017, $162.5 million was spent by Albania on its military; subsequently, the National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) has not been adopted yet. Albania has adopted an action plan for gender equality in the armed forces 2013-2015. Women's organisations in Albania are continuing to work to elevate women's rights throughout the country.

"Creating equal opportunities for women to be full and active participants in politics is a key parameter of a modern democratic society." - Ambassador Eugen Wallfarth.


$ 162,500,000
Military expenditure
Albania spends USD$ 162,500,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan
This amount could cover the creation of the country's first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325... and its funding over at least a three-year period!
NAP 1325
Albania is currently drafting its National Action Plan with the support of Dutch partners, UN-Women, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union delegation.
WPS commitments
Albania made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.