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I looked at the WomenWatch website and, sure enough, I was drawn to a story.
It focuses on 25 year old Naseeba who lives in Pakistan. She is beaten by her abusive, drug-addicted husband who claims he wants to kill his wife for 'honor', and he began spreading lies she was with another man.
Naseeba ran to Lahore with her 3 small children, now barely making ends meat selling toys on the pavement. Clearly her life offers little, if any, happiness, but Naseeba knows she is lucky to be alive.
New laws against domestic violence were passed in August '09; but as women are rarely educated they are unlikely to know of it, and of the women that know about the laws many are too scared to report domestic violence.
Fact of the matter is that the lack of education women have in certain countries gives them a massive disadvantage; leaving them to the scrutiny of the general public. Uneducated, the women defenceless. When women then become married, they are almost forced into putting up with their new family, no matter how they are treated, because without an education it is difficult to get a job or have a steady income.
So yeah, the way I see it, unless all countries make a serious effort at making sure all women are educated as men, discrimination against women is unlikely to stop. Of course, it will take time too, but education is ultimately the key.