The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj provided women a day of free travel on public transport in congratulations for International Women's Day.

He also made an appeal to men and boys to act as gentlemanly as possible towards women.

"We need to understand that mothers and daughters make the biggest sacrifices and perform the hardest work, from keeping the house to the work of the city.

"I am glad that we were able to provide a small symbolic gesture by making public transport forthem free today.

"It is a small gesture of gratitude for the sacrifice and contribution that women and girls give to the success of the city of Tirana," said Erion Veliaj.

Together with the female members of the City Council, heads of administrative units, many of the leaders of civil organizations as well as a group of mothers with autistic children joined the initiative to plant trees.

"I am very happy that, together with the fantastic ladies of the City Council, our lady administrators and many lady activists in the city of Tirana, we have planted trees on this path, which for many people is still secret.

"It's a site we opened in the southern part of the Lake and a territory that was released from illegal construction, and from today it will be known as the Path of Mothers and Ladies of the City of Tirana," said Erion Veliaj.

Tirana's Mayor stated that the city is at the forefront of emancipation and representation in public life regarding women.

"Some things are better than they were when we talk about gender equality, however we still have a few things to fix.

"We still have to fight for payment to be equal for men and women who perform the same job. We still have to fight for more participation.

"The fact that Tirana is a story of success does not mean that all Albania and all municipalities apply the same quotas and the same commitment.

"Therefore, I am glad that today Tirana is the first in emancipation, but I still believe that the best is ahead," said Erion Veliaj.

The Mayor expressed his conviction that after the upcoming elections, The City Council will be dominated by women and girls.