TIRANA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Women from the civil society held a Women's Day march here on Sunday, calling for better and equal rights for all.
Hundreds of participants joined the march organized by the Albanian Women Empowerment Network (AWEN) on the occasion of the International Women's Day under the theme "Women's March, Women's Year, Women's Life."
The march started at Tirana Lake Hills with participants holding hand-written placards on women rights, some of which read "Women rights are human rights", "I choose to live without violence", "Love without violence", and "Here we fight patriarchy".
The participants headed towards the government's institution where they joined a group of women activists calling for more institutional attention regarding the daily problems affecting girls and women in the country.
According to AWEN, femicide and gender-based violence remain main concerns in the Albanian society.
The march, according to the organizers, aimed to raise awareness of girls and women, boys and men, to remind everyone that "women's rights are not a luxury, they are a necessity, an obligation, and that feminism is a movement that fights for gender equality in all aspects of life."
According to the study "Violence against women and girls in Albania in 2018" published by the country's Institute of Statistics in May 2019, one in three women, or 36.6 percent of women in Albania experienced violence at the time when the study was conducted. The study included 3,443 families and women of the ages of 18-74.