Women have long been fighting for equal rights in every sphere of society. Land ownership, choice of marriage partner, and right to work or leave the house are a few of the basic rights that many men and women take for granted. Many nation-states have been reluctant to treat women as full citizens, entitled to the full array of civil and human rights, because they view them as incomplete national subjects . The issue of women being viewed as incomplete national subjects is three-fold; male-dominated societies, class and caste systems, and religion have all caused this trend to exist and continue. There are many male-dominated societies around the world, including much of South-East Asia and Africa. Women have had a complicated and often violent time securing rights and fighting oppression in these male-dominated societies struggling against class and caste systems. A greater challenge to progression of women's rights is the underpinning of religion in their societies. India is a leading example of a male-dominated society struggling in a religious caste system. Women's place in Indian society has been extremely fixed in nature, and has kept women at a low rung on the status-ladder'. The main handicap of women in India, and truly world-wide, has been that of childbirth. The bondage of reproduction has left women reliant on men for food, protection and shelter. While men are able to do work viewed as productive, women are treated as property bought and sold as chattel to reproduce. Male-domination and this view of women being owned results in young marriages; this is believed to guarantee the virginity of the girl. In India, Hindu religious leaders decreed that a girl should be married soon after the beginning of puberty, and that the age of ten is considered puberty. For Hindu girls, this means that they have little chance at education past this age, and truly many do not even receive education before. Traditional beliefs on whether women should...
...Equal Human Rights for Women
University of Central Florida
SOW 3203 0002 – Social Work & Community Resources
Fall 2012 - Monday 6:30-9:20
This paper explores human rights issues as it relates to women; the right to work; the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to be treated equally, the right to autonomy,
and the violations of basic human rights. I will reflect on how the issue of equality for women
is addressed nationally and globally. In discussing human rights related to women’s issues of social injustice by industrial and global exploitation, I explore ways in which social workers commit to equality and what current attitudes may need to be refined. I discuss how global exploitation continues to oppress and stigmatize females. This paper also examines barriers to change and how empowering women can raise their understanding of human rights and the process of change.
In July of 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, based on the Declaration of Independence statement on equalrights for all, The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions demanded the equality of men and women in several issues including the right to vote (Stanton & Anthony, 1997)....
Women’s RightsWomen have suffered throughout history. Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Catherine Beecher and Margaret Fuller wrote letters to express the importance of women’s rights. Often comparing women’s rights to slavery, each letter stressed the importance of equalrights for all. I never knew women were oppressed that badly. The letters these women wrote were based on moral rights, observation of injustice, and suppression in society. Each letter written expanded my knowledge on women’s rights. Although each wrote letters, the effectiveness of the writer’s point of view made some essays more effective at proving their point than others. Throughout this paper I will summarize, compare and contrast, and analyze each letter written to determine which paper effectively persuaded their reader.
Angelina Grimke wrote “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Letter to Catharine Beecher” in 1837 to express the need for recognition for women’s rights. Grimke’s essay talks about human rights, which she relates to slavery. She related women’s rights and slavery by their moral rights, or moral nature she also described it, and how all men have moral nature so therefore all men have rights, “When I look at human beings as moral beings, all distinction in sex...
Department of Law
Universal recognition of the principle of gender justice has been recognized by the United Nations since its adoption of its Charter which includes in its preamble the Goal to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equalrights of men and women. Thereafter many instruments relating to the status of women and of the girl child have been adopted by the United Nations. The most important among...
...EqualRights for Men and Women?
Do you believe women should have the same rights as men? - Anthony Schifano (California, USA)
Lama: I do believe that women should have the same rights as men because they make up half the society. Sure, I do believe that women should be treated equally and have same rights as men because the only difference betweenwomen and men is their sex and biological structure.
Saher: Of course; women and men are equal. Both genders are human beings who live their lives, and they should live them equally. I think that nothing should prevent women from doing the same things that men do. Men can work in any field, and women can too. That is my opinion--that men and women should feel equal and should be treated equally. Society needs both men and women to have a great community.
Tarik: I believe that women should have the same rights as men because God made men and women with no differences between them except in looks. I even think that women act smarter than men in many ways. Women also can be great leaders, whether presidents, school principals, or leaders of companies. In my opinion, women should be treated the same...
...Equal Treatment in Same-Sex Marriages
In the Language of Arguments the article “Equal Treatment is Real Issue- Not Same-Sex Marriage” talks about how not letting people of the same gender marry effects their rights under the U.S. constitution. Stating,”…every person is entitled to equal treatment under law.” (224) Imagine you want to pronounce your love towards someone of the same-sex through marriage but the government does not allow that. Yes, couples of the same gender can get what they call “Civil Unions” but that still not the same rightrights as married men and women get. A Civil Union is “A legal relationship between two people of the same-sex that gives them some of the same rights and responsibilities that married people have.”(Merriam-Webster) Everyone should have the same privileges after all it is our constitutional right.
A lot of people have religious purposes on why “gay marriages” should be frowned upon. These people of religion oppose same-sex marriages because “they close the sexual act to the gift of life.’ Meaning homosexuals are non-procreative, they cannot reproduce. If sex without the possibility of creating life is wrong, then people will have to stop masturbation, infertile women shouldn’t be allowed to have sex or elders over the age of seventy years old cannot have intercourse either. Another moral...
...Violation of Women’s Rights in India
Womenrights are rights that are inherent to being Women. Human rights include the right to life, to security of the person, freedom from torture, freedom of expression, and much more. Everyone is entitled to enjoy these rights without discrimination. All women have the right to be safe and free from violence.
In India women constitute nearly fifty percent of our population. Women are denied human rights from the cradle to the grave. In India the situation leaves much to be desired. Sexual abuse and flesh trade are gnawing evils, which threaten the existence of women as independent entities
· Domestic violence: Violence against women in the family occurs in developed and developing countries alike. It has long been considered a private matter by bystanders -- including neighbors’, the community and government. But such private matters have a tendency to become public tragedies
· Traditional practices: In many parts of India, women fall victim to traditional practices that violate their human rights. The persistence of the problem has much to do with the fact that most of these physically and psychologically harmful customs are deeply rooted in the tradition and culture of society. Son...
...A Strong Case for EqualRights for Women
The essay “from The Subjection of Women” by John Stuart Mill addresses the issue of the legality of equalrights of women, but is his argument presented in a way that convinces readers. Mill argues that inferiority of one sex to another should not be accepted as a natural state just because it is the widely accepted social practice of the day. Additionally, Mill contends that inequalities among the sexes are holding back society. The essay, although it has some fallacies, successfully argues for the equal and legal rights of women with its appeal to logic and emotion of the readers as well Mill’s respectful tone in addressing his audience.
Mill’s use of logos presents a strong argument to the audience’s sense of reason. He presents several examples where previously accepted social ideas of inferiority are no longer accepted such as institution of slavery, medieval serfs, and England being ruled by a queen. Mill points out that “[t]here was a time when the division of mankind into two classes, a small one of masters and a numerous one of slaves, appeared, even to the most cultivated minds, to be a natural, and only the natural, condition of the human race”(261). England outlawed the institiution of slavery and did not accept it as a natural state almost a century before this essay was written....
...Human Rights Essay
Human rights is a very important part of our World. Everyone wants and needs them. Every country throughout the world has different societies and governments with different rules. They are not always fair and can be very controlling and because of this people are not granted the rights they deserve. Big events in history have made us see and understand what could become when there are not many rights, because without them their would be no peace.
Human Rights are basically rights that all people are entitled to, regardless of religion, sex, race, language, and ethnic or national origin. Human rights include civil rights too, like life, freedom of expression and social, cultural, economic rights. Amnesty International and Universal Declaration of human rights are examples of global institutions that fight to protect people from the rights that are denied in their country like freedom, truth, dignity and justice. Many countries though, don’t get a say or a choice about their human rights as their societies government is very powerful and controlling.
Important events in history have led us to how we understand human rights today, because each big event tells us what rights where denied or accepted and we can look back on how the events happened. We can...