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Parliamentary questions
14 July 2017
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Monica Macovei (ECR)

 Subject:  Forced child marriages in Albania

Child marriage in Albania is a complex issue. Poverty, the lack of value placed on girls’ education, geographical isolation, social exclusion, trafficking and emigration — together with attitudes towards women’s sexuality and role in society — are all influential factors. According to Unicef, 1 out of 10 girls in Albania is married before the age of 18, while the Human Development Research Centre has highlighted the fact that a great part of these marriages are conducted through mediation with third parties without the consent of the wife/daughter. Moreover, the Criminal Code of Albania does not criminalise the phenomenon, which in Albania is notorious, particularly in rural and remote areas where a patriarchal mentality and poverty reign. The risks for the child spouse, such as sexual abuse, abortion and pregnancy complications, are high.

What does the Commission plan to do to rectify the situation and to ensure that Albania criminalises forced child marriage and child marriage under a certain age?

Last updated: 2 August 2017Legal notice