The 10th Albanian parliamentary elections held on April 25, are a milestone in strengthening the democratic institutions in the country. While the vote count still being incomplete, not only more women MPs are expected to be elected, following the national quota established in 2008 for improving gender equality in parliament, but also the recent changes in the electoral process is hoped to bring more transparent, peaceful, and inclusive mode of governance.
The inclusion of women both as voters, candidates, and representatives at Election Management Bodies is crucial for the development of national institutions and civic entities in the country. Women represent around 50% of the country’s population and their parity bases political engagement needs to be ensured in Albania. Gender Concerns International is confident that Albania will continue its efforts towards the development of gender-parity based institutions and supports the establishment of a more inclusive democratic government.