Empowerment of Albanian Women


Mar 2016


It began hundreds of years ago, deep in the Albanian Alps an unusual tradition where women, with limited options in life, took the oath of the burrnesha. A pledge to live as a man. To dress like a man, to work like a man, to assume the burdens and the liberties of a man. But these freedoms came with a price: The burrneshas also made a pledge of lifelong celibacy. Today these sworn virgins live on, but their numbers have dwindled. Many Albanians don’t even know they exist. What happens when the society that created you no longer needs you? And how do you live in the meantime?” (Source: GQ Magazine by Micheal Paternity)

The role of women in the Albanian society has come far from the times of “Kanuni i Leke Dukagjinit”. But how far exactly and what are we doing to empower women in the modern day Albania? Come find out for yourself at a panel discussion with distinguished Albanian Women.

Harvard T. H. Chan European Student Society and MAASBESA are bringing together distinguished Albanian women in diplomacy, leadership, art and literature, who will engage with the audience in a discussion on women empowerment, gender equality, and women’s human rights, with special reference to Albanian women. Refreshments will be served during this event.

Admission is FREE for this event, although RSVP will be required for security reasons. Send an email at [email protected] with your name and affiliation (community, institution, university, etc.) by 1st of March.

When: March 4, 2016 at 6PM

Where: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; 677 Huntington Ave. Boston MA 02115