Ms Regnér was accompanied on her visit to Georgia by the UN Women’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Alia El-Yassir. Together, Ms Regnér and Ms El-Yassir met with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, and the Chair of the Equality Council of the Parliament, Nino Tsilosani, where the parties reaffirmed existing and future areas of cooperation.
The visit continued with a meeting between UN Women representatives and Georgian President Salome Zurabichvili. The purpose of the meeting was to support UN Women in implementing policies on the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment and to highlight the President’s contribution in this regard.
Along with the local leadership of UN Women, Ms Regnér and Ms El-Yassir also met with the Head of Administration of the Government of Georgia, Revaz Javelidze. They were joined by Niko Tatulashvili, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Head of the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, and Maka Peradze, Head of the Human Rights Secretariat. The parties discussed the areas of cooperation between UN Women and the Government of Georgia and the importance of supporting ongoing projects.
After completing her visit to Georgia on May 25, 2022, Ms Regnér continued to Albania for her first official visit to the country. There, Ms Regnér met high-level government officials, civil society organizations and international partners. This is the first high-level visit by a UN Women’s Representative to the country.
During her meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Ms Regnér commended Albania’s significant achievements in the area of gender equality, including in terms of leadership and political participation, and pointed to remaining challenges to accelerate and sustain progress, including in terms of the Women’s safety and security and their economic empowerment, particularly in rural areas.
Ms Regnér’s meeting with the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu, focused on the implementation of the new Albanian Strategy for Gender Equality 2022-2030 and ensuring adequate investments to achieve the gender equality goals.
Among other high-level discussions, Ms Regnér met the Minister of Finance and Economy, Delina Ibrahimaj, who congratulated her on the significant progress made in the area of Gender Budgeting (GRB). Ms Regnér also met with Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ermonela Felaj to discuss Parliament’s role in supporting the implementation of gender equality commitments and offered assistance in further aligning Albania’s legal framework with international human rights standards.
During her high-level meetings, Ms. Regnér called on government officials to develop a second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which will further support the full participation of women in key sectors while strengthening prevention and response to gender-based violence.
Ms Regnér also met with Swedish Ambassador to Albania Elsa Håstad and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Head Petra Burcher and thanked Sweden for its strong partnership and support for the work of UN women in Albania. During a visit to the European Union delegation, she also thanked the Head of Development Cooperation, Hubert Perr, for their continued financial support and strategic partnership in promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Albania.
Ms Regnér had the opportunity to meet with several civil society organizations and to recognize her valuable contribution to further protecting and promoting Albanian women’s rights. She also visited several projects supported by UN Women, including a rehabilitation center for female survivors of violence and a project for the economic empowerment of women affected by the 2019 earthquake.