ILO and Swedish SIDA together in empowering women against Covid-19

- The intervention will support over 400 laid-off women workers who lost their job due to the COVID–19 pandemic and lack access to social protection

Thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will help 400 laid-off women workers who lost their job due to the COVID–19 pandemic and lack access to social protection schemes.

The intervention targets the textile and footwear sectors and provides multiple services lines, including a major cash transfer operation for vulnerable laid-off women workers, in the amount of three minimum wages and social contributions. Other services include the access to ILO’s technical assistance for selected factories committed to implementing the ILO Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards and the GoA Red Protocols against COVID in the workplace to protect workers’ health and for a safe continuity of business operations.

Additionally, the project builds on the work and recommendations of the international working group – convened by the ILO – gathering employers, workers, retailers and major brands to address the already serious damage to the garment industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative aims to mobilize sufficient funding to enable manufacturers to ensure business continuity, payment of wages, as well as income-support and job retention schemes to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment (more information here). Leveraging the ILO and European model of operating in a tripartite manner in the world of work, the project will be implemented in close collaboration with relevant employers’ and workers’ organizations and other labour market institutions.

Both projects are aligned with the ILO DWCP 2017 – 2021, UNDAF 2017 – 2021 and “COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery & Response Plan (SERP)”, which has been consulted with and submitted to the Government of Albania.

Media Contacts
Zhulieta Harasani
National Coordinator
With over 25 years of experience managing development programs, Mrs. Zhulieta Harasani is the National Coordinator of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to Albania since 2016. Prior to joining the ILO, Zhulieta served as the UNESCO National Professional Officer in Albania and Director General of Strategic Planning of National Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture of Albania. Earlier in her career she was Co-director of the Education Division at the Albanian Education Development Mega Program (AEDP) and Inspector of the Department of High Education at the Ministry of Education and Science of Albania. She started her career as a university professor at the Agricultural University in Tirana in 1992-1993 and then at the Polytechnic University of Tirana (TU) from 2003-2008. She holds a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Nebraska University (USA) and Tirana University Faculties of Economics (2001) and completed an MA in Education Sciences from Tirana University (2003). She also studied education and law at Tirana University (2000).
Other entities involved in this initiative
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency