1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites

Albania: The New Women’s Movement

June 4, 2014

Time seems to have stood still in the mountain villages of northern Albania. Alongside the state law, the Kanun, a set of laws and norms dating back to the Middle Ages, is still in force here.


The back-breaking work in the fields is considered women’s work in Albania. That was also true under Communism. In the Catholic stronghold of the north, the Kanun also survived the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. Under the Kanun, the wife is considered the husband’s property. He is permitted to beat and even to kill her if she is disobedient or unfaithful. Fabiola Egro is trying to change that. She’s a pivotal figure in the Albanian women’s movement.