Financial Times and Outstanding nominate CRCA Director among global 30 LGBTI Public Sector Executives 2018

The General Director of the Center for Children's Rights in Albania (CRCA) and the First Ambassador of the Pink Embassy in Albania, Altin Hazizaj, was selected by the prestigious newspaper Financial Times and Outstanding, a UK based-organization, one of the 30 people globally acknowledged in the category "30 LGBT+ Public Sector Executives 2018".

The Financial Times, in its annual ranking since 2013, lists prominent LGBT executive figures and their allies who have successfully in their careers supported LGBT rights and promoted equality, inclusion and respect.

The list is divided into four main categories: 100 LGBTI+ executives, 50 allies Executives, 50 LGBTI + future leaders, and 30 LGBTI+ public sector executives. Each of the nominees has received scores according to the influence, role and the impact he has achieved on inclusion inside and outside the workplace for LGBTI people.

Altin Hazizaj, in 1992 established the first ever law student’s association, meanwhile in 1997 he established the first child rights organisation in Albania. While in 2006, as Director of CRCA, he supported the establishment of a small LGBTI group of volunteers, and together with them in 2010 they announced PINK Embassy, ​​now the main organization promoting equality, respect and a life in dignity for every LGBTI person in Albania and Western Balkans.

As a legal expert specializing on discrimination issues, he co-wrote and publicly advocated for the adoption of the Law for Protection from Discrimination in Albania and the Law on Measures against Domestic Violence. During 2017, as CRCA Director and PINK Embassy President, he supported the opening of the first free helpline for LGBTI adolescents in cooperation with ALO 116 Albania. Finally, in 2018 he publicly launched the new legal initiative for gender recognition a law that would pave the way for the rights of trans people.

The LGBT community, despite of the positive developments in Albania, still suffers discrimination in the family society, workplaces, or ridicule, insults, and violence because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Data shows that: 56% of LGBT people who work, experience repeated bullying in their workplaces; over 46% of LGBT people do not talk about their sexual orientation; while about 41% of LGBT people between 18 and 25 years old stated that they "lock in their identity" when they moved from school or college to their workplace.

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