Taking a Look at the Unequal Treatment of Women in Developing Countries in the Middle East and in the North African Region

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Women’s rights has been an intense topic of debate for centuries in many different cultures around the world. While many first world countries have made great strides of improvement in the area, like America’s 19th amendment allowing women to vote in 1920, or England’s National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society formed in 1897, developing countries in the Middle East and North African region continue to struggle with the issue. Not only do women in MENA regions have to contend with extreme social prejudices and constant harassment, they also are treated as second class citizens in the eyes of the law. Life in countries like Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, and Pakistan are heavily centered around Islamic principles and the Shari’a Law, a law which …show more content…
Women’s rights has been an intense topic of debate for centuries in many different cultures around the world. While many first world countries have made great strides of improvement in the area, like America’s 19th amendment allowing women to vote in 1920, or England’s National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society formed in 1897, developing countries in the Middle East and North African region continue to struggle with the issue. Not only do women in MENA regions have to contend with extreme social prejudices and constant harassment, they also are treated as second class citizens in the eyes of the law. Life in countries like Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, and Pakistan are heavily centered around Islamic principles and the Shari’a Law, a law which endorses stoning “disobedient” women to death, is widely practiced. Some of the most egregious and blatant discrepancies in the treatment between males and females in these countries is women’s education and job opportunities versus mens and the shame and torture that women are forced to endure in prison.

The first act of injustice and discrimination towards females starts when they are children. The right of education for all humans is a deeply held principle in human rights organizations and world standards like the United Nations. Unfortunately, this unalienable right is still being denied to millions of women in the Middle East and North Africa. The first barrier in women’s road to education starts in the belief ‘s of the parents and
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