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Women of the World: Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives – East Central Europe

Read the chapter on Albania from Women of the World: Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives – East Central Europe

The Women of the World reports are the product of collaboration between the Center for Reproductive Rights and NGOs around the world. Each volume presents regional and national information about the following:

•    Laws and policies regarding health, population, contraception, abortion, sterilization, safe pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted infections;
•    Women's legal status within marriage, including divorce, custody and property; labor rights; access to credit and education; and the right to physical integrity;
•    Reproductive health and rights of adolescents, including the legal status of adolescent marriage, sex education, and sexual offenses against minors;
•    Customary and religious laws and practices that influence the status of women and girls.

The reports show that although many countries have adopted laws and policies to promote women's reproductive health and rights, such instruments have not necessarily had the desired effect. The reproductive rights of women around the world continue to be violated on account of discriminatory laws and policies as well as social practices that undermine their reproductive autonomy.