A story from a women of Tropoja…
Rudina was born in a village near Tropoja to a large family that lived in poverty. To be less of a burden on her family, she was married by the age of 16. Her married life quickly became one of violence, neglect, and abuse in the face of poverty and the raising of two young children. Her husband was an alcoholic and did not exercise his parental responsibilities. The only support she had was from her sister to help raise the children.
After a few years, Rudina divorced her husband. She now lives with her two children in an old and run-down apartment. The lease was paid by the Municipality for one year.
She only has eight years of formal education and says she does not feel capable of doing anything. Her ex-husband continues to not pay the court’s ordered support, while Rudina continues to face the challenges of child rearing.
In a training that the MWL Foundation’s Women’s Project developed in the city, Rudina became acquainted with the services offered by MWL for women and asked for assistance for her case. This is a new light of hope in this woman’s life.
Rudina’s story is unfortunately not uncommon. She is like many other women who are facing a cycle of poverty and violence that violates their rights and distorts their sense of self-worth.