Nowhere to turn - Gender-based violence against Roma women

19 Dec 2018
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The report analyses intersectional inequalities based on gender, class, education and race/ethnicity experienced by Roma women in three Western Balkans countries: Albania, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It looks particularly at gender-based violence against women and harmful practices such as child and forced marriages.

The research is based on an analysis of quantitative data from the 2017 Regional Roma survey, findings from a field study organized in all three countries and a literature review. Field visits took place in two towns in each country: Tirana and Durres in Albania, Podgorica and Niksic in Montenegro, and Skopje and Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and consisted largely of group interviews with representatives of governmental institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs), including Roma CSOs. In addition, focus group discussions were conducted with Roma women married before the age of 18 and Roma women whose daughters were married before the age of 18. Individual interviews with Roma women who are survivors of domestic violence were conducted by Roma activists in each country.

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