A MANIFEST FOR LGBTI RIGHTS IN ALBANIA

Tirana, May 18th 2017 – PINK Embassy, one of the leading organizations working to protect and advance LGBTI community rights in Albania, today presented to the media and the general public the "Manifesto for LGBTI Rights". The presenter's meeting was organized at REJA, a modern art space dedicated to public communication in the capital city.

The Manifesto for LGBTI Rights is a strategic document that was drafted in consultation with LGBTI community, members of the youth group "Friends of Diversity" and representatives of youth organizations from Albanian National Youth Network - ANYN.

This strategic document contains 6 main priorities for LGBTI community in Albania, which will be addressed to the political parties in the country during the parliamentary elections held in June 2017, so that the next parliament that will emerge from these elections will have the focus also on LGBTI community priorities

The main priorities included in the Manifesto are:

SECURITY AND PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE

Violence and lack of security is present in the life of every LGBTI person, studies and observations show that the community feels vulnerable and deprived of the rights that as citizens in this country should enjoy by law.

COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION

The youth from LGBTI community faces a series of difficulties during their education, such as safety in schools, relations between peers and teachers, academic assessment, and poor quality psycho-social service in schools.

PREVENTION AND ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION

Discrimination and prejudice remain one of the main problems faced by the community in the family, school, society, workplace, etc.

SERVICES AND SOCIAL CARE

LGBTI people face a lack in obtaining social services. Social services for the community affect the quality of life and wellbeing.

HOUSING

One of the biggest problems for the LGBTI community is housing that affects people who are expelled from the family after the coming out process, and especially the transgender community.

EMPLOYMENT

38% of young people in our country are unemployed and this level of unemployment affects the LGBTI community, particularly the transgender community who is totally excluded from employment opportunities. Unemployment is an essential problem affecting the social welfare of the LGBTI community. The employment of the community strengthens their wellbeing and their families.

The full text of the Manifest for LGBTI Rights in Albania you can find below:

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