Haki, a burnesha, grew up in a rural village in northern Albania. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to the villages of northern Albania to document the last living followers of a dying tradition. D eep in the secluded villages of the Albanian Alps, women and girls have long had to make an extreme choice if they wanted to receive the same privileges as men. It comes in the form of a binding pledge; a lifelong vow to live as a man, to work as a man, to socialize among men, and thereby to receive power as men do in their patriarchal society.
Sworn to virginity and living as men in Albania
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Publications Books Women and Men in Albania Women and Men in Albania The publication aims mainly at displaying data dis-aggregated by gender, aiming at the collection, analysis, and presentation of statistics by gender, and mirroring the social issues encountered on the cross-cutting policies monitoring, in the framework of achieving gender equality. This publication this year comes to the public with more complete information on gender statistics in our country and some related innovations. They are presented for the first time in more detail gender data from demographic health survey such as smoking, alcohol, body mass index, consumption of vegetables and fruits etc. An important part of this publication is the list of the minimum set of gender indicators, revised in to comply with UN Sustainable Development Indicators. This list of indicators this year has been added even more, using data from the survey of violence against women and girls, data by the demographic health survey, as well as some administrative data.
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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. Girls no longer want to become boys.