Women Rights in the Middle East 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 ramatically 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 omen’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 theyre hoping for, are rights such as a reform of the legal system giving women equal rights, social opportunities, and employment Women go to the polls for the same reason as the men, to vote for a candidate who would improve the economy.
The ending of economic sanctions is what women have in mind attending the polls. These sanctions negatively impact not Just the women, but also the whole population of Iran. Most people think that as time goes on, equality becomes more prevalent, when actually the opposite is taking place. Women rights groups are working on getting more laws set to help women feel more accepted in their society. The only way for the woman to get the respect that they deserve is for numerous people to be aware of the inequality and not continue to support it.
The needs of these women need to be known and cared for, which can’t be done without responsive and determined activists. “When it comes to female education rates, progress has been made around the world, and in many countries girls and young women have outnumbered and outperformed boys and men at all levels of schooling for decades. Nevertheless, these advances have yet to translate into greater equity in employment, politics and social relations. “??” Mario Osava, Women More Educated, Not More Equal, Inter Press Service. By Jesskovalesky