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May my wife be strong and live long!

Tahiraj, E; (2008) May my wife be strong and live long! In: Gjermeni, E, (ed.) Gender and Development.

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‘Men under shade play and chat, they should die of shame as thanks to women they live’ (Çajupi, Albanian Renaissance poet, 19th Century) ‘May my wife be strong and live long! Not longer than me though!’- added Toma, humorously winking at his wife sitting opposite him. ‘I swear by God I would have died without her!’(2002) They could be contemporaneous, but nearly a century separates the two opening quotations, authors being men in both statements. The above remarks speak deeply about the position of women in Albanian society - a position, which has changed greatly, however, in those 100 years. More than that they also speak deeply about men! This paper brings certain aspects of the present attitudes to and status of women in Albanian society to bear on the issue of the feminisation of poverty there. It draws upon several findings of empirical research undertaken in Albania during 2002, involving in depth interviews with over 100 respondents from families officially classified as poor, in both rural and urban settings. The paper draws also from existing literature on the feminisation of poverty.

Type: Book chapter
Title: May my wife be strong and live long!
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/177335
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