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“If a boy dresses and acts as a girl, it would be humiliating,” Hajdari said. As it was, varying accounts existed of how many burrneshas might still be alive. Anthropologist Antonia Young, who’s studied the burrneshas for twenty-five years, says there may be up to a hundred, but likely fewer.

Women held responsible jobs at all levels of government and received equal pay in most jobs. Nonetheless, Albanian society remained behind the West in its attitudes toward women and had a long way to go to achieve total equality for women. Limited women’s suffrage was granted in 1920, and women obtained full voting rights in 1945. Under the communist government of Albania, an official ideology of gender equality was promoted and promoted by Union of Albanian Women. In the first democratic election after the fall of communism, the number of women deputies in parliament fell from 75 in the last parliament of communist Albania to 9. In a turbulent period after 1991 the position of women worsened.

In such a traditional society, the women have subordinate roles in Gheg communities that believe in “male predominance”. This is despite the arrival of democracy and the adoption of a free market economy in Albania, after the period under the communist Party of Labour. Gheg Albanian culture is based on the 500-year-old Kanun of Lekë Dukagjini, a traditional Gheg code of conduct, where the main role of women is to take care of the children and to take care of the home.

  • The Elbasan Arena is currently the national stadium of the Albania women’s national football team.
  • In only three months they managed to support 650 people directly and 2,500 through online counselling, all without dedicated financial support, so fundraising has been part of the initiative.
  • Among private companies, recruitment usually happens through informal networks that comprise only men.
  • She wore a scarf over her head and a toothless smile; the back of her hands were tanned and dirty, dry skin cracking.

The number of Albanian women in the workforce is rapidly increasing. Women now comprise the majority of agricultural workers in Albania, yet they are still paid lower wages than their male counterparts. On average, women receive 18% lesser salaries than men. Economic Empowerment Program in Albania provides resources for programs and initiatives. Such initiatives aim to expand vocational training and encourage female entrepreneurship throughout the country.

“I’ve never gotten a pig,” she said, “but I’d like to.” When I asked who joined her on those excursions, she said, without hesitation, “Just me.” According to Ermal, it doesn’t help that his Albanian brethren are “oversensitive and hot-blooded,” especially after fender benders, of which there are many on the crappy roads. Some angry words, a few gunshots, and the next thing you know, you’re holed up in Grandma’s city apartment for five years, trying not to get killed by retribution.

Inside The Borgen Project

Fifty women, all graduates of NDI’s political skills-building series, founded the network in 2008 as a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization . NDI, with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, has supported these women as they strengthen and develop their NGO to become a leading proponent for women’s representation in politics. Through these efforts, in Pogradec, a city in southeastern Albania, the women’s network secured a commitment from the director of the regional hospital and the city’s deputy mayor to provide free Pap tests for local women. The findings of a study on “Violence against women in politics”, conducted by UNDP in cooperation with Albania’s Ombudsman and Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, were published on Wednesday at a roundtable held in the Albanian parliament. The poem “Bags” by Blerina Rogova Gaxha, a contemporary Albanian poet, snatches the reader’s attention from the first lines by bringing them into a physical yet metaphorical space, a revelation and a journey onto a life not fully lived. Throughout the poem the reader can feel a sense of hastiness, the poet’s agony over the lingering confusion through objects representing the past and the anguish of future uncertainty.

Albanian women in politics still suffering violence, study finds

For years, women have struggled to obtain equality in the developing European country, Albania. Recently, however, this topic has received greater publicity as it becomes an increasingly pressing issue for thousands of citizens. Here are five facts about women’s rights in Albania that illustrate Albanians’ struggles. Moreover, these facts highlight organizations and initiatives that are inspiring positive change.


In 1923 Rumbo was also part of a campaign to allow girls to attend the “boy’s” lyceum of Gjirokastër. The Albanian women’s movement were supported by educated urban elite women who were inspired by the state feminism of Turkey under Kemal Ataturk. Wikipedia has an entire article regarding Albanian sworn virgins, in case you’d like to learn more about this practice. Both current and future infrastructure projects in Albania provide a huge opportunity to create more jobs and boost the local economy – but just as importantly, to provide equal employment opportunities to women and men alike. Some may argue that it will be impossible to tackle deeply entrenched gender stereotypes in this traditionally male-dominated sector.

The same clinics report that some new brides are brought in by their husbands to have their virginity verified because they have failed to bleed on their wedding nights. Edith Durham noted in 1928 that Albanian village women were more conservative in maintaining traditions, such as revenge calling, similar to women in ancient Greece. On this Wikipedia the language links are at the top of the page across from the article title. NAW-STEM was officially launched on February 11, 2021, following an 8-month period of events, presentations and consultations. NAW-STEM builds on the efforts of women and men working in STEM and social sciences. Click here to read the full article published by BalkanInsight on 7 April 2022. From my window I see a boy shaking the bougainvillea / for flowers.

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In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. During the period of friendly games and the Euro qualifier with Greece in 2015, the women’s team used the Loni Papuçiu Stadium in Fier to hold their matches. The Qemal Stafa Stadium held the match between France and Albania on 27 November 2015. Towards the end of 2011, the national team strengthened its squad with the arrival of football players from the Albanian diaspora communities, notably Furtuna Velaj, Dafina Memedov, Ellvana Curo, Elizabeta Ejupi, Arjeta Krasniqi and Arbnora Robelli. The national team ended the year with their second win against Macedonia FYR away in Struga. The second victory against Macedonia FYR is currently the national team’s biggest win.

NAW-STEM is running #STEMspresso – an express introduction to an exceptional woman in STEM and her work – consisting of monthly online/offline short meetings, where speakers share their research, careers, work in STEM and on STEM. He Network of Albanian Women in STEM (NAW-STEM) aims to contribute to the social and economic empowerment of women by increasing their representation in STEM, both in academia and industry. In conclusion I would like to emphasize that I strived to offer the reader what the Germans call zeitgeist .