Minister Manastirliu, Deputy Mayor Ruseti, Ambassador Soreca, Director Godaj, and all of you here this evening. Thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today.
I am proud to say that this is the eleventh year in which the U.S. Embassy has supported the Breast Cancer Walk. This effort is a great campaign that helps build awareness to one of the most critical health issues impacting women around the globe. Our participation in the walk is part of a larger effort to contribute to the empowerment of women in Albanian politics, economics, and civil society – as leaders, catalysts for change, and drivers of progress.
We are fortunate to have had an excellent partner for these past 11 years. YWCA Albania has demonstrated enormous courage in energetically championing this important cause of breast cancer awareness; their dedication improving the lives of women in Albania is inspiring.
Although this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we know that breast cancer is defined by no timeline- it is blind to socio-economic position or wealth. But powerful change can happen when advocates unite forces to highlight the importance of access to early screenings for early detection, information on routine self-examinations, and improved medical and support services.
And so, I would like to thank all of you for coming and participating. I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to the volunteers and activists who made this walk, and this movement, possible.