She chopped off her long black curls, traded in her dress for her father's baggy trousers, armed herself with a hunting rifle and vowed to forsake marriage, children and sex. Had she been born in Albania today, says the year-old sworn virgin, who made an oath of celibacy in return for the right to live and rule her family as a man, she would choose womanhood. Sworn virgins became the patriarchs of their families, with all the trappings of male authority, by swearing to remain virgins for the rest of their lives. The ritual was a form of self-empowerment for rural women living in a desperately poor and macho country that was cut off from mainstream Europe for decades under a Stalinist dictatorship.
Sexual Practices of Undergraduate Students in Tirana, Albania
Human trafficking for sexual purposes is a significant human rights violation, as well as a crime of international proportions. Albania has been identified as an important source of individuals who are trafficked as well as an entry point from Eastern Europe and Russia into Western Europe. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the nature of this problem and governmental and societal responses. An examination of data sources regarding sex trafficking in Albania seen through the lens of the Albanian context and feminist legal perspective helps provide an understanding of the complexity of the issue and the nature of appropriate approaches. This is the first theoretically based attempt at analyzing governmental and societal responses to sex trafficking in Albania. Bekteshi, V.
Balkan sworn virgins in Albanian : Burrnesha are women who take a vow of chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in patriarchal northern Albanian society , Kosovo and Montenegro. To a lesser extent, the practice exists, or has existed, in other parts of the western Balkans, including Bosnia , Dalmatia Croatia , Serbia and Northern Macedonia. The Kanun dictates that families must be patrilineal meaning wealth is inherited through a family's men and patrilocal upon marriage, a woman moves into the household of her husband's family. Under the Kanun , women are stripped of many rights.
Posted by Maria Codina on September 25, at am. Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to become a man. For centuries, in the closed-off and conservative society of rural northern Albania, swapping genders was considered a practical solution for a family with a shortage of men.