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Women's Rights

Written in: Grade 7 | Year: 2010

What would you do if you could not vote? Own land? Get a proper education? Would you be upset, furious, frustrated or annoyed? That is how most women feel when they heard this. Do you want that to happen to you and maybe even your daughter? For many years women have been trying to claim their rights while men have many privileges that women do not have. Many countries deny putting women’s rights into action.
Everyone is entitled to have freedom especially women. Women’s rights let women be independent and treated fairly. Some of the most common rights they fight for are the right to vote, equal pay, owning land and getting an education. These types of problems usually occur in both under developed and developing countries. Over the years more people are respecting women’s rights. Multiple groups and organization such as IWRP also known as International Women’s Rights Project has been helping establish women’s rights around the globe for over two centuries.

Women’s rights are often ignored in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq etc. In Pakistan women are not respected and do not have rights. Women are often deprived of education, therefore they have to stay home and do chores for family. Men abuse them and they cannot do anything about it because of their status also majority of people think that men are better, they are smarter, and men are more important than everyone else. This gives them more power. In Pakistan women’s lives are being controlled. They cannot express their feelings. In 1947, women were able to vote but the big problem was that 99% of crimes were not brought to justice. Most of these cases talk about how women want to claim their rights or trying to fight against abuse. For example a student wanted to choose her husband, she was buried alive her parents killed her because she does not wish to do what her parents want. Women deserve to say what they want but right now their rights are being disregarded.

The abuse of women in under developed countries happen all the time Men often abuse women particularly their wives some examples of abuse are raping them or constantly hitting them because men take their anger on women or they enjoy doing it. Women are isolated from the outside world by doing house work such us cleaning, dressmaking, knitting and embroidery. The only time they are allowed to go out of their homes is for work or if they are told to go outside by their husbands. They never chose this lifestyle, it was chosen for them by her parents. The life they have isn’t easy. At the age of sixteen in Pakistan women are often married to solve problems between other families. These girls husband are chosen for them. Even though they do not like their life and rather be alone the divorce rate is low, because social stigma is attached to it. It may seem to be a bad reason, but that is just how it is. Unfortunately other countries also suffer from this lifestyle.

There are many different ways that women are abused in these countries .Most common issues with women are abuse and murder like physical abuse, raping, dowry abuse and honour killing and many more. Physical abuse is usually consists hitting women, throwing acid, cutting off noses and ears and the people who do this do not get punished from the government because it is not registered as a crime. A girl was raped; the government did not do anything about. Then dowry is when the girl brings her husband in the family the bride’s family pays for this couple to settle down in a home but when the bride’s family refuses to pay, it ends ups killing the woman. The husband uses flammable liquids to kill his wife. This is also called bride burning it often happens in countries like Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Lastly honour killing, this is commonly done by a family member because if the girl refuses to do what her parents wish. Over 85 % of women suffer from this kind of life every day.

All over the world women do not have a many of privileges. Everyone wants equal pay when working to be able to support their family, the right to vote, work, etc. In our western society women are more independent but in other countries it is becoming worse because of all that’s happening in their society. The environment they live in may be. These stereotypes are the most common things that make people believe that makes it harder for women to get jobs. You can support women’s rights by participating in international women’s day on March 8th. This day celebrates political and social achievements of women and it encourages women to stand up for themselves. Equality is very important when you think of women’s rights because both men and women need to be treated fairly. In my opinion women are capable of doing many great things for example Mother Teresa made a difference in the world she was able to treat the sick and opened up orphanages around the world. Not on did Mother Teresa make a difference but other women accomplished a lot! How about you what do you think?




 
 
 
       

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