In the past five years, women rights in the Middle East have been close to non-existent. Most of the female population around the world has increased their rights as a woman, but as for the Middle Eastern women, not so much. These women, still to this day, continue to suffer from an unfair lack of human rights. In this specific area of the world, any freedom at all is extremely scarce. Freedom House’s ‘Freedom in the World 2010’ report that in 2009, civil liberties and political rights dropped dramatically for the fourth year in a row with the Middle East region coming in last. As of now, 88% of the region seems to lack democratic institutions, an independent judiciary, and a freedom of association for improvements for women group. Important laws, such as ones against marital rape and spousal abuse are completely unavailable. Progress has been made somewhat in this part of the world for females, but not enough to be celebrated. As for the improvements women have received, the most substantial would be that in Kuwait, woman now vote and run in elections. In Bahrain, women can receive a passport with no approval from a male. These advances have impacted their lives substantially, but still didn’t even make a dent in the large list of habits to be changed. Women support groups in Jordan spent multiple years providing protection against violence based on gender. These groups disagreed with the Syrian Governments idea to make religious influence more important than family law. Actions made by these groups forced for the idea to be dismissed. Sussan Tahmasebi, and Iranian activist who has worked on promoting women’s rights for over a decade, said the women in Iran would like to change two things. The first issue they would like to eliminate is a reversal of the policies under Ahmadinejad’s government that pushed women to where they are now. The second change they’re hoping for, are rights such as a reform of the legal system...
...Women’s right in the MiddleEast has always been an arguable issue. Although there rights have been changed throughout the centuries they were never really compared equal to men or no one really accepted them. Especially for women in the MiddleEast, they barely had any rights in culture, education or other aspects of their lives.
In the book, Women in theMiddleEast, a Saudi Arabian proverb states, "A girl possesses nothing but a veil and a tomb" (Harik and Marston 83). The key words, "veil" and "tomb" lend evidence to the fact that many Middle Eastern women lack identity symbolized by the “veil” and lack the right of ownership except for their veil and the tomb. This statement further enforces the notion that many women in the MiddleEast are expected to serve and tolerate the oppression of the men in their lives throughout their lives on this earth. Moreover, it confirms that many of these women do not get the opportunity to obtain education, join the work force, and even participate in the political affairs of the country. This arrangement further helps the Middle Eastern men to view women as their properties, servants, or even as slaves. Ultimately, there are three main reasons why...
...Women of the MiddleEast and Their RightsWomen of the MiddleEast have experienced the abuse of women’s rights. Middle Eastern women’s rights have been abused in different ways. They are looked down as the inferior to men in the MiddleEast. They are becoming stronger and rising up to equality to men. People involved in particular situations may have different opinions on rights of Middle Eastern women. Women are human; therefore no human rights should be restricted from them.
In the MiddleEast, women’s rights have been abused in different ways. They are often expected to stay home, cook and look after the children. Travel conditions for Middle Eastern women differ from the men. For example - In some countries, women are not allowed to travel alone and some countries do not allow women to drive. Forced/ arranged marriages happen a lot in the MiddleEast. Forced marriages are when a couple is married against his/her will. The female is usually the involuntary spouse. It is still practised in some parts of the MiddleEast. Arranged marriages are largely practised in the...
...Women in the MiddleEast
Are women dumber than men? Are men better than women? Do religions, any religion, support the idea of men's power over women? These are some of the questions that cross our minds every day. Questions about society, men women, and how are they connected to religion, tradition, and culture. However, maybe women in the MiddleEast tend to think more about these questions because let's face it they are lagging behind. Some would say they are not, actually personally I faced a lot of people who said that this topic is old and women in the Arabic world are completely satisfied with their social conditions. Are they really satisfied? Percentages and statistics show that women in the MiddleEast rank the lowest in terms of empowerment and jobs. Rubih (2010) states that "the Arab world only had 32 percent of its women in the labor force in 2005" (p. 327). The quote here is a statistic that shows how little women's participation in work in the MiddleEast is. These logical facts are directly in the face of people. However, there are a lot more aspects for the issue. What do people think about stereotyping about women? What are the social limits for women in the Middle...
...Religion and Women in the MiddleEast
Religion goes hand in hand with culture, and in the Muslim countries this is very apparent. The cultural importance of men over women may have stemmed from religion, however it was further recognized when imperialist countries introduced capitalism and class divides. “Islam must combat the wrenching impact of alien forces whose influence in economic, political, and cultural permutations continues to prevail” (Stowasser 1994, 5). Now, instead of an agrarian state where both men and women had their place, difficulties have formed due to the rise in education and awareness that women can and do have a place in society beyond domestic living Though women are not equal to men anywhere around the world, the differences between men and women are greater possibly in the Muslim world, partially due to religion and culture. “Fewer women are educated in the Muslim world than in other culture areas...The percentage of women working other than agriculture is probably the smallest in the world, the birth rate the highest, and the laws regarding marriage and related matters most unequal” (Stowasser 1994, 5). Though, of recent years inequality has been blamed on the Islamic religion, gender inequalities were in the MiddleEast before Islam. However, by radical groups and male...
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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 equal rights for all. I never knew women were oppressed that badly. The letters these women wrote were based on moralrights, 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 sinks to...
April 10, 2012
Discrimination against women in the MiddleEast
Discrimination against women, should it be acceptable in today’s world? Discrimination has been going on for centuries especially in foreign countries. In Africa, Asia, and the MiddleEast, there are plenty forms of discriminations whether it is occupational, gender, racial etc. After September 11th though, discrimination against the MiddleEast has greatly increased especially in women. In foreign countries men are known to rule which causes neither independence nor freedom for women and they are discriminated through religion, sex, arranged or force marriages and even race. This essay will hopefully persuade others around the world to know that women should not be treated as “second class” citizens and instead be treated equally just like the rest.
The word hijab comes from the Arabic word ‘hajaba’, which means to hide or screen from view or to cover. But it is mostly referred to as a woman’s headscarf and sometimes it is used more generally to refer to the practice of wearing modest clothing in relation to religious beliefs. There has been a lot of discrimination on the views of the hijab also known as a head covering. Muslim women have been prohibited from wearing head coverings in a number...
...Women In The MiddleEast And Africa
Gender inequality has maintained the suppression of women worldwide and unfortunately has impacted third world countries with the greatest magnitude. Everyday in these countries there are countless occurrences of physical, emotional, and psychological abuse that must be acknowledged as a primary concern for the world to help overcome. It is however important to recognize specific cultural and religious practices of gender hierarchy that are accepted by women in these countries. While keeping this in mind it is of paramount importance to keep sight of the consequences of abusing these cultural practices at the expense of women’s liberation and development.
Ever since the beginning of mankind, women could not enjoy the status equal to men, however, in the present era of modernization and globalization women have earned a lot of social, economical, political as well as legal recognition and status. Though, all these advantages are most enjoyed in the First World countries that are not only economically, socially and politically developed but also technologically advanced and modernized states of the globe. On the other hand women of the developing countries (Third World Countries) are not as privileged and lack basic social, economical and political rights, varying from country to country depending upon the...