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Women's Rights Across Borders

Women's right

I suggest reading about human stupidity, rather than even male stupidity, which leads to gender inequality and various inconveniences, misunderstandings and even curiosities.

Paradoxical school buses

In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to have a driver's license and drive a car, and that a car is even a scooter. Men, in turn, are not allowed to drive a woman with whom they are not related. And now imagine that in the United Kingdom there are 367,000 girls who go to school, and must get there on school buses, which are forbidden to drive only men. What should we do?

The Ministry of Education is trying to solve this stupid problem with the help of specially hired Al-Amins, that is, trusted men who have the right to drive a transport full of strange women (that is, schoolgirls). It seems to us wild and what can you say about this fact - in 2002 the religious police (there is one) didn't let out a few dozen girls for trying to get out of the fire during a school fire without first covering their faces. The children suffocated in the smoke.

Extreme fashion

In 2001, representatives of a paramilitary group under the hard-to-spell name Lashkar-e-Jabar demanded that Muslim women in Kashmir, Pakistan, must wear a Burgas, a bag-shaped garment that covers a woman from head to toe, under fear of severe punishment. Two women who forgot or did not want to follow this delusional demand were thrown acid in the face in the street. These same militant uniquenesses demanded that the Hindu and Sikh nationalities wear clothes of different colors - for the former it is a special spotty cape, for the latter it is a blurred yellow orange.

The right to divorce

Egypt, in addition to its beaches and resorts, is "famous" for its strange religious traditions, including the special right of husband to divorce his wife. In order to officially part with his half, the husband simply declares it orally. The initiative of divorce by the wife faces huge obstacles, from financial to legal. In addition, such a brave woman will have to give up any claims on her husband's money, return his dowry, and pay an impressive amount of ransom. In my opinion, this is called "slavery". In Lebanon, a battered woman can not file for divorce if there is no direct witness to the beating, just a certificate from a doctor is not enough. really - and if she just fell and hit!

Education for all

In many areas of Afghanistan, girls are expelled from school when they reach adulthood, so with an ever-increasing number of girls enrolling in primary school, the number of girls wishing to enroll is virtually zero. Although this practice is gradually declining, many customs and factors hinder women's education, even down to the danger of violence in the classroom or on their way to school for "advanced" girls seeking a full education. For the same reason, the vast majority of teachers in the country are male, which has an impact on girls' education. Currently, only 18 percent of girls aged 18-24 can read.

The right to travel

In Egypt and Bahrain, a husband can officially forbid his wife to leave his place of residence at the airport, after which she is not allowed to fly anywhere. In Syria, the situation is the same. In Iraq, Libya, Jordan and Morocco, the wife must have the written permission of her husband in order to leave the country, and the husband can forbid her to do so without explanation. In Saudi Arabia, a woman must have the written permission of her male next of kin in order to not only fly to another country, but even just move within the state.


Unequal rights of men and women (real, not advertised) lead to violence, especially hidden violence that occurs within families and in small communities. Women rarely turn to outsiders, police or other organizations for help, preferring to "tolerate. Fortunately, now there are already public organizations where one can seek help in case of violence.

The right to guardianship

In Bahrain, where women's rights are not explicitly provided for in the law at all, a judge can prohibit a mother from seeing her child without a valid reason. In 2003, the unthinkable happened - a group of 11 women protested against this practice and were charged with defamation and fined by a group of judges.

No one's citizenship

Many countries in the region, with the exception of Iran, Tunisia and Israel (partly Egypt) give citizenship to the child by nationality of the father. Women do not have this option, and if, for example, a woman marries a non-Egyptian, the child will not have Egyptian citizenship.

Relationships outside of marriage

In many countries, especially Muslim countries, extramarital relations are forbidden. And this prohibition applies more to women, for example, in Morocco, a woman will be fined if she is found to be communicating with another man. If an unmarried girl gets pregnant, she is more likely to be prosecuted by the court. Even so, the responsibility for rape does not lie with the rapist man, but with the woman who suffered for the defiant behavior that led to the violence.

Girls are not needed

China, apart from industrial production at the expense of several megacities and slave labor of the Chinese, is also famous for its harsh laws in the field of family planning. The policy of "one child" is supplemented by a special attitude towards female children - they are more often left on the street. They are thrown out and even killed in the womb (abortion) as soon as it is known that it is a girl. This policy has resulted in 100 women for 114 men in the country, with the same ratio of 105 to one (before the system was introduced). It turns out that out of a hundred girls, about 10 die. The same practice exists in India, with 300 girls per thousand boys in some regions. The rest are either left to die in poverty on the street or simply killed.

This is the civilization, the Chinese miracle and ethnic traditions. A man somewhere near the Stone Age, and no change for the better is visible.