Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, almost forgotten is its long history of conflict. As a result of the Balkan wars, the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha and the wars in Yugoslavia, Albania still suffers from a fragile state, corruption, crime, unemployment and rural exodus. Despite its increasing orientation towards the European Union, the situation of many women and girls continues to be precarious. While the country has economic progress, patriarchal traditions and blood vengeance just return back to the slums, the rural areas and the suburbs. The everyday life of many Albanian women is not only marked by poverty and high unemployment, but also by trafficking in women, violence and domination by male family members.
Since 1999, Medica Tirana has been providing support and assistance to girls and women suffering from violence in the familiy and oppression. The women’s organisation fights against the increasing impoverishment and social isolation of women in Albania and acts against the atrocious trafficking in women and forced prostitution.
Along with the support of Kosovan refugees by medica mondiale Köln, Medica Tirana was founded towards the end of the 1990s. In 2004, the small Albanian women’s organisation became independent – the third project of medica mondiale in the Balkans to do so. Since then, medica mondiale Köln provides guidance and advice and supports parts of the work of Medica Tirana through donated funds.