The Picture Of Women’s Rights

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Women also deserve a treatment that is fair and equal to that of men, no matter where they come from

Women’s rights is a picture of distress around the world: from Pakistan to Brunei, countries seem to be increasingly slanted towards the patriarchal point of view, rather than grant women rights on an equal footing to men. This problem is also unevenly distributed around the world, with Latin America doing a little bit better than other regions. For example, in South Asia, apart from Bangladesh, all countries fare very poorly with the addressing of inequality for women.

It’s a really tough reality that women have to face regularly, with problems such as gender-based violence and barely any existence of family planning propping up. Perhaps, the best solution to circumstances such as these is for communities to find it in themselves to do something positive with women’s rights and also show more respect towards the female population, or the woman in their household (if they do have a family setup of that kind) more because they do deserve it.

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International Women’s Day (2017)

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Women’s Day should be about women practicing resilience to stave off gender inequality in society

International Women’s Day this year saw a women’s strike pressing governments, organisations to provide women with the opportunity to have a voice, which they have long been deprived of. In New Zealand, the pay gap problem still exists and for the last ten years it has been a staggering 12percent – I think part of the problem lies with the Equal Pay Act, which was passed in 1972 but is still not in practice nationally. This is just one example of the many kind of scenarios, which have been holding women back from progressing towards equal treatment in their particular society.

The origins of Women’s Day lies in New York in 1909, and originally the day was called ‘International Working Women’s Day’. I feel that this moment in time, there is still so much that goes on on a daily basis that need to change: women are often trafficked into sex slavery, forced labour, deliberately not provided with a route to education, denied playing their role in politics and also not allowed to be in control of their own private lives. What particularly baffled me was the gender stereotyping that still continues for certain workforces, in the modern age.

In professions linked to care, for example, which has a very large female workforce there should be no thought prevailing that ‘it is a largely female thing to do’. Women, have for generations been looking after their families, children and their homes, and associated with housework, but the perception that care-related jobs is a natural calling because it is associated with caring is a rather sick point of view. It doesn’t have to have a natural quality nor is it a primarily care-based role – a good example of this would be the early childhood sector which has some stigma surrounding it that caring is all that female workers do and that’s why their job is valueless. Care sector jobs could also have a comfort quality and they should follow the national wage cycle like any other respectable job. Furthermore, care jobs need to have a public perception that they are no different from other workforces, such as those that engineers, journalists and capital markets lawyers make up.

To that note, I want to add: Women’s Day around the world should be about resilience because practicing resilience helps to reach towards your goals in life, whatever they might be. It’s important to fulfill your goals in life because as a woman that is a very satisfying thing to have around. It’s a perfectly respectable thing to do – to work towards your goals in the face of adversity. I have seen a lot of men over the years take decisions which spontaneously made me lose respect for them, in those particular moments, even though I have in the past and continue to admire them, everyday. So, maybe Women’s Day should be looked upon as a celebration of how resilience can bring about the necessary changes required in our society for women. I think that if women are resilient when demanding equal rights, equal pay and equal respect, it should and will bring wonderful results for them everywhere.

Women and Marriages

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In the modern age, a marriage does not always have to be a necessity

I have always looked at women and marriages with the hope that most don’t prioritize a marriage in their life too much. I can comprehend that, unlike me, most little girls have always dreamt of that perfect white wedding – for me, a marriage is always at the bottom-end of my very long priority list. But as great as that fairytale wedding sounds, sometimes you also have to think about reality and how it might not always be possible for every woman in the world to meet ‘the one’. In those instances, refraining from a marriage sounds like the best option – in today’s technologically-advanced world, being a single mother is not a difficulty at all as well, if you are one of those women, who also associate a marriage with the prospect of bearing children.

Why is it necessary to even get married? For love? To preserve social customs? I think women need to look at a marriage less as a necessity and more as a social custom that should be followed if one feels ready for it. A hasty bad marriage can very easily bring your spirits down so it would be wiser to avoid it entirely and focus on another set of equally high priorities: like, having a baby. There is nothing shameful about requesting for help to get over a really bad marriage, and there are so many services at a woman’s disposal these days, from counselling to support groups.

A marriage should definitely be given more thought, for a start. I feel that already around the world, so many children in poor countries would avoid getting married if they were offered the chance to: child marriages are rampant in many countries, such as India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Egypt, Iran, Nepal and Thailand, as well as Madagascar and Sierra Leone. Even though it is a human rights violation, and laws exist to stave child marriages off, poverty and gender inequality in a society still makes it very difficult to stop the practice.

When young girls get married, their chances of succeeding in life gets significantly slashed because pregnancy happens to them young which healthwise can be risky if it happens in adolescence; reportedly, for young women, there have also been deaths because of pregnancy and childbirth, during their adolescence. Many women these days admittedly have a child out of wedlock, but because of widespread awareness revolving around the subject of contraception, pregnancy for women in their teenage years is not a major occurrence any longer, unlike in the early nineties. For developing countries, however, the picture is drastically different: apart from child marriages happening, there is also worries about how globalisation is impacting selected Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh because pregnancy for young women, and the health-risks associated with it, is still an important challenge to educate on.

Why More Young Girls Should Go To School

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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.

Mauritania, Libya and Saudi Arabia: Gender Inequality

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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 institutionalized 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 criminalization 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 prioritize the dishonorable nature of women in Saudi Arabia, pressing for a divorce, rather than leaving it upto their mahram.

Feminism is for #Females

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The perils of believing in feminism: can your beliefs really grow, with an evolving society, or like me, do you believe in getting #boldlyargumentative, for your personal beliefs in feminism?

I was so surprised to learn of this barrage of arguments that is happening right about now between Ian McEwan (Atonement, Amsterdam) and the transgender community. I was too busy trying to work out the relevance of Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley, and Alicia Vikander’s films, which are either rubbish or a film that outshines her, much like her co-star, Eddie Redmayne, does as well, as her fellow actor, in today’s society, when that serious piece of news stared at me from the front page.

Normally, those kind of gossips aren’t very interesting, to me, because I am, like, not fond of either Brady or Hardy – I think they are dull, unattractive, as perfectly less talented as the wives they chose to have and very grossly romantically primitive (I think these couples totally adore BIG secrets, about their pasts!) in Hollywood. That would be the reason why they might seem gossip-attractive to so many, but I have totally never been part of that crowd, and this could perhaps be because I have a totally different barometer for what’s hot, and an entirely separate romantic perspective, too.

I like love to be expressive about my “romantic pasts” with #amazingdudes, and I would rather waste my time learning about David and Victoria Beckham, or as I love to, pick “hotties”, or press the like button, on a whole different (and #amazing) kind of male species, examples of which would include Ryan Gosling, Nick Carter, Ryan Reynolds, Adam Levine and Leonardo DiCaprio. I really do not find it in myself, as a feminist, to understand why gender confused men should also have the same changing rooms as women, now to respect their transgender status. I think it is physically mortifying to learn that a man must be changing in tiny public spaces, such as those in department stores, along with women because it is quite an insensitive demand to be making off #females.

Feminism is about changing the national perspective on women.

I have never been a big fan of the quota system for women in education, or in particular, higher education, because I am a big believer in equality across both genders, so I do not know how to argue with all of that for the transgender community but I am not one with embracing the idea, like Ian McEwan, that a woman can also be a lady with a penis. They have the XY chromosome, and that brings their identity to the forefront of civil debate, as males. In society, I believe, the prevailing cultural perspective should be that women’s rights are meant for females, only, and with that idea it is important to embrace the thought of sensitivity for females too, for a change.