Women’s Rights Across the Globe
Although human rights should be women’s rights, that’s not the case. Rights on the paper are often not followed by real-life action to protect and ensure women’s rights. In many countries, women don’t have basic rights like the right to vote, make decisions about their bodies, and are being abused regularly.
In Syria, women are completely left out of any political decisions including voting. The same goes for Pakistan where they are held from going to voting by patriarchal local customs. Afghanistan has a mandatory photo screening which made voting for women who have to be covered impossible.
Across The Globe
Across the globe, women are forced into genital mutilation, marriage, pregnancy, abortion, and sterilization. They are often victims of gender-based violence, rape, and other forms of sexual violence. For example, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and Argentina managed to change strict abortion laws after the years of fight. Burkina Faso managed to get rid of forced marriage which made life easier for so many girls and women. Amnesty International is working in many countries to fight for women’s rights including Sierra Leone where they fight female genital mutilation.
In Zimbabwe, the situation is not great at all. No sexual healthcare, sexual violence, non-consensual sex, and many more problems are part of daily life for these women.
Women who escaped from Boko Haram to Nigeria have been victims of rape and sexual violence by the Nigerian military.
Female genital mutilation has happened to over 200 million women and girls in over 30 countries. Terrifying information is that 71% of human trafficking is done to women. In 2017. 58% of murdered women have been victims of family members and partners. Globally, 1 out of 3 women are victims of violence. Over 2.7 billion women are restricted by law to do certain jobs. Worldwide women are earning around 78% of what men are paid which makes a 22% gender pay gap.
Parliaments around the world have 25% women employed. 2019. was better since 1 in 5 ministers over the world were women. Almost 82 million women globally don’t have legal protection when it comes to discrimination in the workplace.
This list goes on and on. So much injustice goes around women’s rights that sometimes it may seem like no progress was ever made. But it was and still, there’s a long road ahead. Mostly, rural countries with patriarchy still ruling, don’t have laws that protect women. Also, religion makes a big part in the reasons for women’s discrimination in those parts of the world. Luckily, there are organizations that fight for women who don’t have laws supporting them and their safety.
To make a change, we can always start on a micro-level. In our own neighborhood, at our jobs, in our city, in our family. Start by reporting abuse, violence, and any violation of women’s rights. You can be the first change if you take responsibility. To learn more about this subject, you can find unlimited free resources online. Educating yourself is the first step. Learn how to support women in the most productive way possible, so you know what to do when you need to