Albania

Albania
Albania

Albania is a country of 32 million people in southeastern Europe, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.  Political turbulence and the transition to a market economy have created unstable conditions in Albania in recent years. The transition to a free market has left women in a particularly vulnerable position, as they have become increasingly economically dependent on men due to a lack of jobs and social support. While Albania has acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and has adopted national strategies or plans of action against gender-based violence and for gender equality, these rights are not always enforced. 

 

A law against domestic violence law entered into force in 2007. It was designed to prevent and reduce domestic violence and to guarantee victims’ protection.

 

in 2001, the International Anti-Trafficking Center opened to monitor trafficking and aid police in investigating trafficking in the region. The U.S. Department of State's 2008 Country Report on Human Rights Practices noted that Albania was still a source country for trafficking in persons, but was no longer considered to be a major transit country.

 
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