A recent OSCE study shows that 22% of women and girls were victims of physical violence.
In response to this phenomenon, the Albanian government is drafting a bill to implement tougher measures for abusers. The Prime Minister blames both the prosecutors and the judges for the situation.
“We have a bunch of prosecutors and judges who know they can't get passed the Vetting process.
“They're playing like it's their last meal so they're not playing well, and they want to have it all. This rotten process of justice has created a long chain of tragic events, pressure and violence. Women are violated twice: once by men and then by the justice system,” said Prime Minister Rama.
Rama regards re-education centers as one of the solutions for violent men.
“I think it's time to think about education centers for men who treat women badly.
“It should not be so simple that they are able to violate women and run away because of the rotten justice system. These men should be held accountable for anything wrong with their family.
“Therefore, steps must be taken in this direction,” said Rama.
At the Second Regional Forum on “The End of Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, Ambassador Luigi Soreca said that the EU is committed to supporting gender equality.
“The fight against all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private sphere is a major area of action. Our new initiatives focus on eliminating all forms of violence,” said Soreca.
As for the Minister of Health, Ogerta Manastirliu, despite the achievements there is still work to be done to prevent the violence enacted against women and girls. In the last year alone, 18 women lost their lives as a result of violence from their partners.