Another distinction with Albanians is once I in contrast the Albanians in Albania and in Macedonia or southern Serbian province “Kosovo and Metochia”. Albanian girls in neighborhood countries are a little bit taller however darker.

“I handed over my full salary to my family until nine months ago. I handed it over to mum and I didn’t keep a portion back,” she said. In the mid-1990s, the family of another Albanian woman called Entela moved from the remote mountainous Tropoja region to the coastal city of Durres and then, in 2000, to Tirana. The family – Entela and her two parents, sister and two brothers – subsequently built two houses on the outskirts of the capital. “This opinion causes women to step back, they are not insistent that any property that has been procured, purchased or created during marriage should be registered in both names – the husband’s and the wife’s,” he added.

Public notary Elona Saliaj says this kind of mentality is widespread among Albanian families, who regularly exclude young married women from inheriting. Her sister, Ermelinda, said her father believes in the ‘kanun’, the traditional Albanian code of honour, and thinks that women should not own property. “Until recently I accepted the rule that I was someone’s daughter, and then I would be someone’s wife – a piece of property that would be passed on, not a human being with rights,” she added.

Dervishi pointed out that according to tradition, women received a large dowry, which included dresses and home furnishings. “In the vast majority of cases, the females, after marrying, did not inherit property,” he said. However, despite the financial contribution they made to the family, Entela and her married sister Ermelinda do not expect to inherit from the family estate.

Fans of hearty meals rejoice – the Albanian diet is meat-heavy with a robust tradition of fermentation and what outsiders might call a ‘nose-to-tail’ ethos. Their national dish is tavë kosi, a superficially simple baked lamb and rice affair with garlic sauce on the side, but everybody has their own take on how to prepare it. For best results, enjoy with raki, a potent home-brewed grape brandy, followed up with baklava or the country’s famously sweet fresh cherries. If cities are more your speed, Albania’s capital Tirana is as noisy and bustling a place as you could hope to wind up in, with a boisterous bar scene and an ever-evolving retail community that’s changed beyond recognition since the country emerged from its communist slump.

Psychological Violence

“Ownership of immovable properties of the type construction plots, agricultural land, forests and pastures forms a ratio of 18.5 per cent in the name of women to 81.5 per cent in the name of men,” the Cadastre Agency said in a written response. U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home. We recommend that you contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions that may be in place, as air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board. The protests are generally peaceful but have resulted in violence in the past.

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Optimistic, pastel-coloured architecture, delicate minarets and brash Soviet murals compete for the keen-eyed travellers’ camera lens. Small wonder noted Romantic poet Lord Byron was moved to write, “Land of Albania, let me bend mine eyes on thee,” for the country boasts a startling array of dramatic and rugged scenery.

Fatos Tarifa, one of country’s few sociologists, quickly added that even those few privileges had existed only four or five years, and only in Tirana, the capital. “I have been struggling with this for the last two years; over 50 court hearings have taken place,” she said of the legal battle with her ex-husband’s family over the ownership of her home and land. “The lack of property and the lack of family support has kept her in a violent relationship,” she said. “In most cases, whoever comes to draft a will wants to leave everything under the son’s name and only in the male line of the family,” she said.

Older Albanian women never sit with guests, entering only to serve food and drink to visitors entertained by their husbands or sons. Widespread poverty and poor fabrics still leave women little opportunity to display femininity, and even some well-educated Albanian men consider Western dress flashy. In the 1960s and 1970s, when Hoxha fell under the sway of China’s Cultural Revolution, women suffered still more. In the countryside, where two-thirds of Albania’s 3.2 million people live, fathers still may ″sell″ girls at birth to future husbands. It is an ancient practice under the unwritten Canon of Lek that governed tribal behavior in northern Albania well into this century.

Tarifa sees divorce becoming less of a rarity in urban areas, but most women still expect to marry, work, raise children and obey their husbands. Miss Peshkepia said men now expect young women to ″do everything,″ including sex before marriage, but still insist they will wed only a virgin. To get around that inconsistency, she said, they do not care if the bride lies about being a virgin. That kind of abortion increases the danger to women, who already complain of infected wombs and unsterilized hospitals for childbirth.

“There is a lack of awareness, many are vulnerable, affected by stereotypes, believing that inside the family, men do more, boys deserve more, and inheritance should follow suit,” she said. “Secondly, society’s mentality still calls for the property to be inherited by the male family line, and as such, in many cases sisters and daughters forfeit their right to inheritance and transfer their share to the males in the family,” she added.

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“The first restriction is due to the fact that in many cases the immovable property is registered only in the name of the husband or the head of family,” Anastasi said. “Ownership of homes and apartments is in a ratio of 18.7 per cent in the name of women to 81.3 per cent in the name of men,” it added.

Despite rationing of food and milk, cramped city apartments and hovels in the countryside, tradition virtually demands that a city wife have at least two children and a countrywoman up to five or six. In Albania as elsewhere in Eastern Europe, progress toward democracy is costing women even the formal privileges they had under communism. Women were assigned 30 percent of the seats in Albania’s communist Parliament, but won only nine of the 250 places in free elections this spring. In one of the few studies of women’s life in Albania, Tarifa found they generally devote three to five hours a day to running the home, in addition to fulfilling a mandatory 48-hour work week at the job. Even younger women who do join guests attend to the men’s every wish.