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Feminism: A Fight For Human Rights

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Abstract

This essay explores the concept of feminism as a human right rather than merely a struggle of American women to achieve equal opportunity and salaries in the corporate world. Without denying the importance of such achievements, the facet of feminism that is explored for the most part is the ability for women around the world to be treated as human. Not only are women denied rights such as the opportunity to be educated or to earn money to feed their children, moreover they are considered property and subject to abuse. The central concept portrayed in this essay is that as women climb the ladder in the struggle to eliminate glass ceilings in the corporate world, we must not leave vast numbers at the bottom, still struggling to be considered human. The essay explores writings on women?s issues from sources including the Bible, Virginia Woolf, and Bell Hooks enabling observations from diverse times and cultures to be explored. Often our society is oblivious to what is happening in other countries or even other neighborhoods, this essay is a reminder.

Feminism: A Human Right

Feminism, as thought by many Americans, is not just a movement to create high-level jobs in the corporate world and equal salaries for women, although that component must not be disregarded. Women around the world are being treated as lower class citizens if citizens at all. Meena was a woman born in Kabul who was murdered in 1987 for her work with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, also known as RAWA. Meena and other members of RAWA fought for the right to earn money to feed their children, the right of literacy and knowledge, the right to leave their homes without permission from their husband, let alone the right to show their face in public (RAWA 1-2). In Nigeria, Amina Lawal was sentenced to death by stoning on March 22, 2002 because of admitting to sexual relations with a man other than her husband and giving birth to a child out of wedlock. Charges were dropped against the alleged father of the baby (Nigera 1). In Pakistan an 18-year-old girl was sentenced to being raped as punishment for her 12-year-old brother?s alleged illicit affair with a girl from a tribe thought of as higher than his. Four men carried out a gang rape while tribe members stood outside the hut and cheered. After the rape, the girl was driven naked through the streets of her village with hundreds of people watching (Pakistan 1). In Kenya, women are regularly subjected to violence and their perpetrators are allowed to operate with impunity. Margaret Njeri was allegedly tortured by police officers by being beaten with a knobbed stick, whipped, stripped naked in front of male officers and had chili peppers inserted in her genitals. She sustained serious injuries (Kenya 1-2). According to the article ?Human Rights? in the Encyclopedia Britannica, human rights are defined as ?rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human.? ...

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