Defence Minister – Albania
Ms. Olta Xhaçka was born in Tirana, on December 25, 1979. She is married to Mr. Artan Gaçi and they have a daughter, Hana.
Ms. Xhaçka has graduated with honours from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations, and a master’s degree in Public Administration.
Prior to her engagement into politics, Ms. Xhaçka has been actively involved in civil society, in the field of human rights and good governance. She has also worked for three years as a lecturer of political sciences at the University of New York Tirana.
Since 2009, Ms. Xhaçka is part of the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group, initially as a representative of the region of Korça, throughout two legislatures, and since June 2017, as an elected representative of the region of Tirana.
As an activist of human rights, mainly in the field of gender equality and acting as the Chair of the Socialist Woman’s Forum, Ms. Xhaçka, since 2014, has chaired the Minors Issues, Gender Equality and Domestic Violence Sub-committee. She also has been a member of the Work, Social Issues and Health Committee and member of the International Affairs Parliamentary Committee. In March 2017, Ms. Xhaçka was appointed Minister of Youth and Social Welfare.
Ms. Xhaçka is a member of the Socialist Party Chairmanship and Chair of the Socialist Woman’s Forum, since 2010. She also chaired the Qemal Stafa Foundation from 2015 until 2017 upon her appointment in the Albanian government.