After a coffee at a corner cafe around midday, the women wait for clients on the streets. Voluptuous, with long curly hair and big black eyes, 31-year old Eva speaks without embarrassment about the clients she goes with, how much she charges, sexual positions and even the fights among the women who share the street."I first came here with my fiance 14 years ago," recalls Eva (a pseudonym, like the names of all current or former sex workers in this story).
the text read, or women who dressed and lived as men, in isolated regions of northern Albania, a land of ultraconservative mores.
There were strict rules and reasons for this transformation, ones that had been established some 500 years earlier, as part of a medieval canon of laws known as the Kanun. It was a mild November afternoon, and Haki stood in the bright light of his garden, smoking like the Penguin, with a cane and a cigarette holder, the embers of his Karelia butt burning angrily.
While Albania had acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and had adopted national strategies or plans of action against gender-based violence and for gender equality, the Commissioner said that all three programs could be more comprehensively implemented.
There is a draft law On An Equal Gender Society (MS Word, 7 pages) that would make great strides in addressing these issues, but as of late 2008 it was still under consideration. 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.
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Albania's new Constitution, which came into effect in 1998, guarantees equality before the law in Article 18, which states that "all are equal before the law" as well as "No one may be unjustly discriminated against for reasons such as gender, race, religion, ethnicity, language, political, religious or philosophical beliefs, economic condition, education, social status, or ancestry." However, political turbulence and a transition to a market economy have created unstable conditions in Albania in recent years.
Although Albanian women have some rights before the law, these rights are not always enforced.
They are a bit shorter than Serbian women but not too short. There is a tremendous difference in mentality within the Albanian people.
There is just something mysterious and sexy about their brown eyes, dark hair and curvy figures. For example, people in cities are far more westernized than people in villages.
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