I wrote this after reading Evokes week six story.
It would be wrong to think that inequality was an islamic problem or something caused by islamic militants.
Although only 20 economies have equal rights
for women and men in those countries it is obvious equal rights don't mean equality. Equality and Women's rights are live issues where ever you find yourself in the world.
women represent 51% of the population, but comprise less than:
During retirement, women's median annual Social Security benefits reach only 70% of men's
benefits. Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research (www.iwpr.org
Every nine seconds a
woman is beaten in the United States. Source: American Institute on
Domestic Violence 2001 (www.aidv-usa.com/Statistics.htm
out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or
completed rape in her lifetime. Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest
National Network (www.rainn.org
the 39% of attacks reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the
rapist will end up in prison. Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National
)In Saudi Arabia where Sareh
was held hostage (Its the only country where women are not allowed to drive on public roads) more women than men
educated at University.
Among the 12 to 15 age group the illiteracy
rate is 1.4 which is just marginally higher than the US.
In the US 27.9 percent of men and only 26.2 percent of women go on to higher education, in Saudi Arabia it is 36.1 percent of women and only male is 24.7 percent for men. So Saudi Arabia has by percentage more highly educated women
than men. It also has an extremely low rape rate.
Although other rates of violence against women in Saudi Arabia is very high it has the highest rate for violence against pregnant women.. They are one of the wealthiest populations of women
in the world and the have had women's banks
Women all over the world have real difficultes these are often the same: violence, poverty, lack of choice. What causes these problems may be very different and what will help will need to be tailored too.
Violence should never be tolerated
, never glossed over, and the weakest people should be supported, helped and empowered
. This should be enshrined in law and these laws should be enforced.
Please don't do a them and us thing. WE can't claim ignorance with these key board under our fingers. Let's all of us be real human beings