PINK Embassy – Interview with Artan Karoli

PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro Albania is a non-profit organization which works for the protection and advancement of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer people in Albania. Since 2014 PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro has been working to host the first LGBT Pride in Albania, on May 17th as well as the advancement of LGBT rights with policies at central and local level, strengthening capacities, lobby and advocacy, training programs etc.

This Monday, for our usual focus on the work of IGLYO’s member organisations, we interviewed Artan Karoli, Director of PINK Embassy, to know more about the work of the organisation.

 

1) Artan, what is a very exciting project PINK Embassy is currently working on?

Currently we are implementing one major project: “Improve the lives of LGBTI people at the local level”, which aims to strengthen the capacities of local governments of six cities across Albania with regards to LGBT rights. Key targets in these cities are Municipalities, high schools, Directorates of Health, Employment and Social Services, Police, Media, local NGO’s and of course the community.

 

2) What is a priority in PINK Embassy‘s agenda?

  • Full implementation of the law for protection from discrimination;
  • Full legal recognition of LGBT people and guaranteeing their full equality with any other Albanian citizen;
  • Emancipation of Albanian legislation in relation to gender recognition;
  • Guaranteeing the right of cohabitation and marriage for LGBTI people;
  • Guaranteeing the right of LGBT people to adopt and create a family;
  • Implementing a national plan of measures from the Albanian government for the advancement of LGBT rights;
  • Create friendly cities for LGBT people (rainbow cities) for the protection and advancement of LGBT rights at the local level;
  • Reforming the education system in Albania for the full integration of LGBT issues, particularly the school curricula to better inform  generations on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Protecting LGBT children and teenagers from bullying in schools;
  • Protecting LGBT people from hate crimes and create a positive environment from the State Police;
  • Create a positive and accepting environment within Albanian families with LGBT relatives;
  • Guarantee adequate health services for LGBT people and implement adequate medical policies for trans people.

 

3) What are currently the main challenges for LGBTQI people in Albania?

Part of our efforts to empower the community are two major annual events:

  1. “Diversity Week” organized every year around IDAHOT May 17th, with lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings, round tables, debates, publications etc.
  2. Tirana Pride – co organized with the Human Rights House in Albania and Open Mind Spectrum Albania.

 

4) Why did PINK Embassy want to become a member of IGLYO?

Because IGLYO is one of  most important big NGO’s that works for LGBTI, and is a good opportunity for our organization to be part of this group, one for have the opportunity to share and meet other LGBTI People and NGO’s from other countries, to share the information and learn more about the topic.

 

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