Rina spent the last three months of her last pregnancy at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Tirana. She and two of her younger children, aged 2 and 5, had fled their abusive home in Burrel, in the mountains of northern Albania.
When Drita, 22, recently arrived at the National Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Victims of Domestic Abuse, near Tirana, she had already been head of household, a mother, a wife, a girl, and a dreamer.
Aida, 34, lives in a typical patriarchal family along with her husband, two children and mother-in-law. As soon as you step into her house, the eye catches the Kanun of Lekë Dukagjini- a book with a set of rules written several decades earlier, whereby the woman is owned by the man and belongs only to him.
When Sanije and Hasan started married life together, their daily life and dreams for the future were vastly different than they were some months ago. Their dreams were shattered when their one year old daughter Sentilijana was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy tetraplegia-a condition that affects all four limbs.