Why More Young Girls Should Go To School

In many countries around the world, young girls constantly feel prejudice because of their gender, particularly for education. Although, countries such as Bangladesh and Ukraine have been able to majorly improve education attainment (plus, enrollment rates), the picture in every country in the world isn’t this bright: be it Iraq or India, the situations highlighted for a drop in denial to access in education, range from poverty to early child marriage, and many states are failing to push through important change.

There are many reasons why providing easier access to education for young girls should be a priority for governments: equipped with basic education skills, a young woman will be able to command her health needs, protect herself from incidents of domestic violence and gender-based exploitation, and also act as a patron of gender equality.

Women’s rights should always be put first, because without it women will not be able to perform the simplest of tasks, such as even play a part in their local democratic climates. Education helps women to become power figures in the world, and stand at par with men. It also provides women with the opportunity to make key public decisions and policy pushes, which outline providing accessible (and adaptable) education for young girls.

Women need help both at home and at work: education can inform young women on contraception, on why it is a good idea to build smaller families, and simply lead healthier lives. Furthermore, when more girls complete secondary school, the national growth rate also increases but at the moment there is still a gap inbetween the level of education amongst boys and girls.

What are needed are better schools and more girls in secondary schools because already there is a disparity in education attainment rate in the midst of girls who finish primary schools and those girls that finish secondary schools. Improving people’s awareness on why educating women is a novel idea can also start to break down barriers erected in societies, where normally men receive a higher degree of education than women to make them suitable for jobs and an income.

Bangladesh, for example, has made significant strides in the subject of women gaining the necessary education to join the national workforce, but even then, when it comes to dropping out of secondary schools, girls are exposed to a greater amount of risk than boys. There is a national shortage of female teachers in the country, in spite of its positive relationship with school attainment (plus, enrollment) rates for young girls; in Bangladesh, the improvement in the education sector has all been part of a national expansion plan introduced in the nineties, which had increased public spending for education and also created better schools.

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Mauritania, Libya and Saudi Arabia: Gender Inequality

Feminism is all about pressing for gender equality across the globe

One of the main concerns in feminism is how slow curbing gender inequality has been, despite the movement being a core figure in feminism. The origin of feminism claims to have been in France and Netherlands, and it incorporates a diverse range of social causes, from education for girls to property rights for women. Women in today’s times have less access to an education, in comparison to men, as well as earn a smaller income. Women in states such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (the northern hemisphere) sometimes have to face a curbing of freedom to move in public spaces and communicate with people, and the problem has a religious crossover because this is both for Muslims and upper-caste Hindus.

Fundamental Rights for Women in Developing Nations

Gender inequality for women is also evident in cultural practices in various countries, such as Libya, Mauritania and Saudi Arabia. Although, in states such as Afghanistan, progress has been made in cutting Taliban stronghold over the rights of women, and consistently have them wear a burqa, the struggles of progress for women to gain a lot more freedom in their own country is far from over. Often it can be found that gender inequality stems for women from a strong misunderstanding of local cultural hierarchies, and it is prevalent, so the more that these issues are debated about, positive change befalling upon women in the world, for their rights, can be faster.

Mauritania 

In Mauritania, intolerance towards women is unusually high. Less than thirty percent of the female working age group attain employment nationally, forced marriages for women is widespread, women have restrictive property rights (owing to sharia law) in comparison to men, there is an absence of institutionalised support for victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment, and there is a bias towards the son in the family, when it comes to education.

Libya

In Libya, when a woman is married she is offered the task of looking after her husband, as more of an obligation enshrined into law, as well as attend to household and childcare duties. For this, the husbands will provide them with relative financial security, regulation of their earrings but there is barely any polygamy in most marriages to begin with. Most men in Libya enjoy the idea of having more than one wife but most women, on the contrary, gravely oppose this point of view. However, there is improvement in sight, if the Libyan economy (with a deprived workforce), can show that in agriculture, more women assume responsibilities, due to men leaving their rural provinces.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, gender inequality is a lost concept. Sharia law decides the personal lives of women, and only as recently as late 2013, did the country achieve its first set of women lawyers. The patriarchal family system determines a couple of major decisions in the lives of the women in the family: for example, a woman will need the permission of her mahram to get wed. This, then fuels thoughts over polygamy, which is an unreliable source of doubt for marriages in Saudi Arabia, however, which is a good sign of cultural progress for an Arab nation. In the country, other similar signs of improving states of gender equality include the criminalisation of domestic abuse, since 2013. But going downhill simply does not stop: there are still too many critical issues surrounding the nature of divorce cases because it is tougher for women to argue for a divorce in the face of primitive opinions regarding it for women, which prioritise the dishonourable nature of women in Saudi Arabia, pressing for a divorce, rather than leaving it upto their mahram.

The Debate Over Beef In India

Can India really afford to challenge the idea of beef on their plates?

In the wake of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) crisis unfolding, there is a greater picture emerging about the relationship of India and Western powers. The ongoing budget proposals should aim to lift India’s economy significantly higher from the miserable spot it has been stationed in since the Congress Party led the government. At the moment, India is recovering relatively well because of sound foreign investment and good export measurements (India is the world’s largest beef exporter) but India’s national currency, the rupee, continues to fall against the dollar. Sometimes policymakers put a greater emphasis on economic reform even if that means going against the “political grain” and this raises investment confidence, despite the strong competition for attention from Indonesia.

Allies such as the United States have not seen a significant downturn in amicability with India, because of sporadic narrow-minded local protests but that is never the full picture. One of the most pressing local problems about India, to the West (and the Far East) is food. People from Japan have to cross out their desire to visit India over concerns that beef is not included in the local cuisine, particularly in Kashmir, Haryana and Maharashtra. A ban on eating beef in India has not only stirred the Hindu-dominated country into anger, but it has also alienated the need to ban other more prioritising concerns in India, such as corruption. Furthermore, India is a diverse country, home to people of various religious and linguistic backgrounds, and not permitting beef to be included in the local cuisine is getting in the way of celebrating that cultural diversity.

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Freedom of speech and the freedom to act should not be restricted in an authoritarian style by the government in an Indian democracy, especially when there is a rising tide of international economic aggressiveness. There is no room for religious intolerance in India, or so it was to be believed since Narendra Modi (and BJP) came to power but several recent political efforts such as these since his election are pushing a parallel point of view and not a particularly sincere one towards Indian tolerance of diversity. Indian society is now rampant with forced religious conversions, conservative Hindu factions are also behaving braver and there is an increased amount of talks over banning certain books. All of this oppression is alienating Indian Muslims and this cannot go on. Muslims in India should not be afraid of intolerance in the country, should not believe that they are getting isolated for their religion, and are being staved off from equal opportunities in getting an education and gaining employment.

The food plates of Indians should not be dictated by the Indian government. Beef is also relatively cheaper in India and a good protein source than both chicken and fish, so this restrictive measure is hurting the income pocket of poorer Muslims, tribals and Dalits, who count beef as a staple food. The rising Hindu sentiment seems to be that eating beef is hurting the Hindu community because they consider a cow to be sacred. They argue that religious diversity in India should not come at the expense of pain for one community, however this sentiment is falling out of place in a rising metropolitan. Although Indians today are being told what to do all the time, from what clothes to wear to where to shop, many Indians today are no longer interested in excluding beef from their local meals. Eating beef in India is regarded as a status symbol because it is one of the primary ingredients in fast foods, such as burgers and steaks. For that, beef appeals as a local food to urban classes, so it is hard to fathom that beef has not carved out a favourable permanent position in the local cuisine of India.

Pakistan’s National Security Is At Stake

The attacks on Pakistan is challenging de rigueur ideas of how a society should function

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Can today’s #politics in Pakistan, finally, alter everything?

The security situation in Pakistan is worsening by the minute because now young children in Karachi are given firearms by the state army to protect themselves in the face of terrorism. As arrests upon arrests bring no solution to threats posed by Al Qaeda and other similar terror groups to Pakistan, there is also the big question of what is happening to India’s neighbour: there is a great debate over there about how students at university need to now protect their country, rather than invest in an education because the terror threats to Pakistan is so huge. There is no level-headed approach to counter extremism in the country because patriotism seems to have blinded all argument in favour of winning the fight against global security. This is getting in the way of progress.

An inquiry into a recent university attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, revealed that poor training is responsible for the attack happening in Pakistani soil. The attack has wounded so bad, protests are happening against Bacha Khan University (BKU)’s structure and it is not hard to see why because no heed was paid to advise, CCTV cameras aiming to bring to attention suspicious activity abound were faulty and the security was insufficiently reimbursed. These attacks are responsible in causing widespread national distress, breaking people’s morals and terrorism has found this as a method to rule in Pakistan. Even though counter-terrorism efforts are running smoothly to address concerns of global security, there is still a lot more at stake, such as how these attacks can impact people’s consciousness and their psychic.

When people talk about giving ordinary people firearms to protect themselves better, they forget that they are asking a person, with no appropriate training to take part in a fire-fight, that from afar sounds easy but when you inspect that idea further you can see how dangerous that thought alone is: how can you be successful at protecting yourself against something as dangerous as terrorist threats, with the possession of a gun, and no training at all? Recently, the Prime Minister of Pakistan visited Saudi Arabia and Iran, to demonstrate that Pakistan has no interest in their regional conflicts about domination in the Gulf. Instead, it is interested as a country to maintain good ties with both, something that it wishes to prove self-beneficial over time.

It is pleasing to learn of Pakistan’s interest in having good ties with the two Middle Eastern countries. Where India is concerned, the dialogue about Pakistan largely focuses on border concerns and terrorist threats inside of Pakistan. Is that so bad? Is that so wrong, what India thinks is important about Pakistan, for the moment? I would like to believe no. Granted, there has been a lot going on about how the state can fuel terrorism and what that means about global security, in India, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. What is fighting this thought is that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to go against all that underwrite his decisions and reach out to India to cool the regional tensions down, appropriately enough, for the two to peacefully exist.

The point of view that the state may or may not sponsor terrorism (sometimes) does not mean that that has to be the whole country at-large; it can also mean that the point of view is slanted towards members of the government, “politicians” and others who regularly exhibit shady behaviour, in the name of politics but nothing is ever done to screech that conversation to a halt. In these circumstances, India will show a negative attitude towards its neighbour over their approach to all of this. But better diplomacy, there is no arguing, will help to prioritize the West’s opinions about global security, and India sharing a much more amicable relationship with Pakistan, as so many would like all of this to be.

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