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Kanun (Albanien, Kosovo)

Patriarchal tradition and customary law in Albania and Kosova

“Kanun” is a patriarchal tradition and customary law in Albania and Kosovo. Though Kosovo’s constitution guarantees women and men the same rights, in practice court rulings are still strongly influenced by the centuries-old tribal law of “Kanun”, which puts women at an extreme disadvantage – especially in rural areas. Widows are tied to the deceased husband’s family for good, are not allowed to remarry or lead an independent life.