Women's Right to Vote Essay

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Women’s right to voting Right from the Preamble of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948), the “equal rights of women and men” are mentioned, together with the fundamental human rights, to be reaffirmed by the UN’s member states to form the background for the demonstration of the Declaration (Universal Declaration on Human Rights, 1948). The history of women’s rights can be traced back to the Babylonian law-code (the Code of Hammurabi, ca. 1780 BC) , and then one of the first legally documented declarations on women’s rights named Declaration of Sentiments signed in 1848 . In the modern time, a number of conventions and international conventions regarding women’s rights have been consented to set forth by many countries in the…show more content…
According to the data of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) there was about 43 per cent of the roughly 86 million registered voters , in the elections in 2013. However, the voting right has not been made “universal” throughout the country because in many spotted villages and/or areas, women’s suffrage is not enabled. According to the news article titling “Women in Pakistan town can't vote. Why? Because men say so.”, it is said that the women in Mateela, a village close to Islamabad, have not participated in elections for decades , which is explained in different ways. The men, when asked, reason that "We stop our women from going to polling stations because we think if they do, men would tease them by staring or touching them" . Women here were even said to have not “mental capacity”. In other cases, women cannot go to vote simply because their husbands do not want “wives and daughters to leave the house”. On the one hand, this is clearly a violation of women’s right to voting, and must be defended foremost by applying the Article 1 of CPRW , for which Pakistan is among the earliest signatories. On the other hand, this obviously goes beyond what is so called “tradition”, because it is more about personal opinion of a number of men in the community, and thus it is unreasonable. A suitable tool for this rights abuse can be found in the ICCPR under Articles 2 and 25. Beside the reasons given above, the men said “they are
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