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The Empowerment: Women´S Right In The Arab League

1590 words - 7 pages

To become an Independent person one needs a job. To have a job one needs an education. To get an education one needs to go to school. For many countries, it is easy for anyone to follow the list of steps one needs to do to become independent. For males, in almost any country, it is a guaranteed thing that they will become independent if they just follow the steps. For girls, it is not the same situation. Many females around the world are independent but, it is still a male dominated field when it comes to most jobs.
In some counties discrimination is worse than others, in some countries females can’t even think about getting outside of the house in fear of the males who have power over ...view middle of the document...

But not for the girl. This is the way we are thinking in our society and this is the life that we are used to.” Many families are still resisting change about educating the girls in the family. The families believe women do not have the resources, like men do, to repay the family for their personal education. (Tetu, 2012) Two thirds of all illiterate adults are women. Without the education needed, females can not go get a job with enough pay to become an independent citizen. Females from Saudi Arabia took a survey over what they value education fell third in order of importance. The only things they value more than education are family and faith (Key, 2011).
When analyzing Saudi Arabia 55 percent of college undergraduates are female while only 15 percent of the workforce is female (Wilhelm, 2009). This percentage shows that it is not just lack of education pushing females down, it is also pure sexism and discrimination because people will not change the ways in which they have lived for hundreds of years. To help try to eliminate some discrimination and allow a personal independence for women who have an education or are trying to get an education, some countries have made laws to help slowly progress into the direction of equality for women. The laws range from preventing early marriage to banning sexaul harrasment in the workplace. This allows women to get out and experience the world and worry slightly less about events that can happen to them.
Making and strictly enforcing the laws discourage men to harass or hurt women. It gives women a chance to do almost anything a man can do. Some countries progress slowly when it comes to women gaining rights, while others are more quick to jump on the ‘men and women are equal’ thought train. For example, in Kuwait women can drive and travel as they please. They also are not required to cover up their head, although they have to remain modest. On the other hand, in the Palestinian territories, women get slain for family honor, by their relatives. In 2012 there were around thirteen murders for family honor, in 2013 the number jumped to 26. There was no punishment for the crimes commited (A look, 2014).
Some countries have been setting Millennium Development Goals. The goals are to present a vision of social justice. These goals are those such as reducing poverty, stopping the spread of AIDS, and achieving universal education. All of the goals together, as a whole, depends on the other goals to make progress. All of the goals are to help progress the issue of equality and women's empowerment. The progress made with these goals is wonderful because women are getting many opportunities. However, with a target date of 2015 many of the goals are off track and lagging behind. The main goals off track are those revolving around women such as maternal health. (Key, 2011)
Placing women on the front lines of law enforcement is something countries are beginning to do. It is an easy way to show the empowerment...

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