Women Rights In The Middle East Vs. Civil Rights Of African American In The 1800's

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When someone says the word “slaves” what do you think about?
Blacks, civil rights, the south or even Martin Luther King Jr, and you would be right all those things relate in a major way to slaves in the history of the United States but what about the rest of the world? Slavery is found all around the world but what if I told you that in most parts of the world slavery does not really have to do with the color of your skin and more with the gender you are. To many of us young people living in the United states slavery is just another thing that we learn about in school, most of us do not really care much about the subject because we are not surrounded by it in our daily lives, however this is not the case for women in the middle east. Women in the milled east are still living in a world that is controlled by men and most women in the middle east do not have rights, are mistreated, and are treated as property. Does this remind you of something, women in the middle east are living what black slaves were going through in the 1800s in the United States. Through the course of this essay you will look at the way that women are treated in the middle east today are similar or different to the way that Black were treated in the United States in the 1800s and how women in the middle east, such as blacks did, are fighting for their rights to be treated as a human being.
First of all let’s start off by identifying where the middle east is, the middle east includes countries form Egypt to the countries in western Asia. There are about fifteen middle eastern but we will only be focusing on the countries where women are most mistreated and have the least rights, those countries include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen (BBC). Let’s start off with Saudi Arabia, in Saudi Arabia most women are haunted by domestic violence, most women but the good news (or bad news) is that a Saudi Arabia recently passed a law that outlawed domestic violence against women (Rediff). The reason why this may be bad news for Saudi Arabian women is since men are so used to beating women for whatever reason (sometimes without a reason) that if they beat a women and the women threatens to tell the police the man will probably threaten to beat or even kill them if they tell (Rediff). This is very similar to an even that happened in the book Blood Done sign my Name because when schools integrated in the United States by the government is was seen as a good thing because it was going to stop racism but it did quite the opposite at first, integration of schools at first started a lot of violence, in the book Blood Done Sigh My Name, Tyson talks about when the black and white schools integrated there was so much tension that you could not even go to the bathroom alone because you might get jumped the opposite race, this was for either blacks or whites (Tyson). Although banning domestic violence in Saudi Arabia may seem like a small step, it is a step in the right direction after all people...

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