We have come a long way for women equality in the world. There was a time when women were just limited to the house for cooking and cleaning, now they are doing everything men can do. I feel great to live in a world where women and men are equal or are they? Apart from the developed nations where women are enjoying their rights to the fullest and sometimes exploiting it too, there is a huge lobby of women who suffer constant violence, rape, torture, genital mutilation, childhood marriages, and domestic abuse. What about these women? Where are the so-called feminists when it comes to these women?
While Hilary Clinton was cashing in on a feminist wave, there were women who were being slaughtered or gang raped. It’s saddening how we all continue with our lives knowing the atrocities that are being inflicted upon other beings on a daily basis. I don’t understand why we wouldn't want to protect women of the world. If there is only one male left in the world, we can still repopulate whereas the opposite scenario isn’t that promising for the human race. I don’t think I need to say how important and integral part of our society women are. All I expect is for the world to unite and fight for women equality and liberty. Every country has its own share of women rights problems, my focus is only on the countries with extreme violations of women basic rights. Let’s take a look at such countries.
When I was writing my previous article about Genocides mainstream media avoids I was inspired to write about women rights due to two countries- Sudan and Syria. Sudan is the worst place to be in for anyone, be it male or female but it was the dreadful treatment of their women that saddened me the most. Forget about equality of women, in Sudan women activists are being subjected to constant sexual violence, intimidation, and other abuses. Not only Sudanese government is savagely suppressing the women rights, they are also not letting anyone protest against it either.
Source: Hagir Elsheikh
In a research, it was discovered that 12.1 million female are a victim of genital mutilation. A girl can be married at the age of 10 onwards. Women can be whipped for the choice of clothes, it’s a law under penal code 152. Women reporting rapes are often charged with adultery and punished. The rate of maternity fatality is 1 out of every 31 mothers. These are just a few of the facts which should be enough to give you the idea of what is happening in Sudan, I really don’t want to get into details about how the Sudanese army has been raping women and kids as young as 2 years old. Sudan has constantly destroyed humanity and yet we sit in our homes watching Netflix and chill. Where are the nations who claim to be the big brothers of the world stopping the evil nations? Or is Sudan crisis helping some rich nations to make more profits?
Before 2003, the situation in Iraq is described to be more secular than it is today. The situation of women in Iraq has been affected by various factors like unstable economy, constant wars, and unstable regimes. Many women now are living as widows and are subjected to sexual violence and live under constant fear for their lives. In Kurdish Iraq the situation is worst, female genital mutilation, honor killings, domestic violence, and female infanticide are accepted as a cultural and religious right.
The rate of abductions and forced prostitution is on rising and the government isn’t helping the situation at all. In fact, 97% of the Iraqi population practice Islam and Sharia Law is officially recognized by the government and we all know Sharia is not a very woman friendly law. Organizations like OWFI have reported mass graves with decapitated or mutilated women graves. All of this is happening while the world’s best forces are active in that region. Wasn’t the whole purpose of removing Saddam was to ensure democracy and peace in the region? Is this peace?
The Democratic Republic of Congo is another African country on the list, not far from Sudan. You can tell the situation of a country is bad for women when official data shows more than 200,000 rapes reported, that is an average of 30 rapes a day. There are many rapes which go unreported, due to social stigmas, as women fear to be exiled by their families or husbands.There has been reports of gang rapes by militia disregard of the age of girls, this militia not only raped young girls but also elderly women.
All of this happened because of weak government and the rich natural sources of Congo. The situation is so bad that there have been reports of men being gang raped. Congo is a patriarchal society and women already are subjected to domestic violence, low self-esteem, and marital rapes, the ongoing conflict has led to an insurmountable increase in the deteriorating women position in Congolese society. I read about the efforts going on to stabilize Congo and its situation, I just hope those efforts are genuine that will help in making Congo a better place and not for Congo’s natural resources.
It is a country racked by constant social, political and religious turmoil. Afghanistan is a consequence of the cold war between U.S.A. and Russia, U.S.A. has made some constant efforts to revive Afghanistan and bring prosperity to the region. A new series about the same effort is coming out on Netflix called War Machine starring Brad Pit. The situation is so grave that the life expectancy of females is 45 years and males is 46 years, most of the girls are married at the age of 16 or less and domestic violence is accepted by the society.
Source: Conflict Studies
Yes, that is a woman being kicked and thrashed like an animal by useless lowlife people. This woman was Farkhunda Malikzada. After 2014 departure of US forces Taliban has started to grow in the region again which is threatening any development made in past. I personally have met many Afghans and asked them about how they feel about women rights, the repose was as expected, and they said: “Men are made to rule and women to serve them”.
I included Nepal due to the fact that post-earthquake in April 2015 the situation is getting even worse. Due to orthodox nature of its culture, women have to opt for the natural birth process which leads to 1 fatality in every 24 births. Early marriage is still practiced and child trafficking is common for unmarried young girls or orphans.
I read an article by Manjushree Thapa about Nepalese women not having any nationality, she beautifully explained how women in Nepal can't pass citizenship to their child and many are 2nd class citizens in their own country just because of their gender. Nepal is also a patriarchal society and hence by default, domestic violence and marital rapes are not an offense. A lot of women are actively working and protesting for equal rights, at least they have the right to protest, unlike Sudan.
I would also like to name some countries with a huge gender gap:
After all the research I was asking myself, which century are we living in? We are talking about going to live on Mars while we have failed to create a safe and prosperous environment for all human beings and have failed to bestow equal rights upon all genders, what are we doing about it?
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