Documentaries and Reports - Suppressed but Unbowed
Suppressed but Unbowed - Albania’s Women Fight for Their Future
Time seems to have stood still in northern Albania. The Kanun, a medieval set of laws, is still in force here. It states that women are the property of their husbands, and that men who beat or even kill their wives are acting within their rights. These days, growing numbers of Albanians are leaving their villages for economic reasons and moving to the outskirts of cities such as Tirana and Durrës. But they’re bringing their customs with them - and the Kanun is experiencing a popular revival. Our report shows women’s rights activist Fabiola Egro’s fight against Albania’s patriarchal structures. Every day, women call the crisis line of her organization ‘Today for the Future’ to report the beatings and brutal humiliation they experience at the hands of their families.