OSCE Establishes Women's Counseling Center in Kukes, Albania
Monday, June 20, 2005 10:25 AM

A Women's Counseling Center will open on Tuesday, 21 June 2005 in the town of Kukes in northern Albania. The Center, the first in the area, was established by The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Presence in Albania with financial support from the German Embassy in Albania.

According to an OSCE press release, the Center aims "to support fair and equal treatment of women through psychological encouragement, counselling, mediation, legal advice, representation at court, public awareness and training" and to provide immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence. In addition to helping victims of violence against women, the Center will act as a resource for contacts among advocates and women's NGOs in the area.

Ambassador Pavel Vacek, the head of the Albanian OSCE Presence, will officially open the Center.  The opening will begin at 2 p.m. at the location of the Women's Counseling Center, Ish-Shkolla e Muzikes, Kukes; the media are invited to attend.

Cited in:  "Head of OSCE Presence in Albania to open Women's Counselling Centre in Kukes," OSCE, http://www.osce.org/item/15237.html, 20 June 2005