Feminism In the Third World

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Feminism: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. (MWD).

In a society where women work along side men, have the same rights, and just as many opportunities, the fact that in many countries women are treated as lesser people is an absurd idea.

In the Middle East, Africa, parts of Asia and many places in South America, women face an exponentially greater amount of oppression than those in first world countries.

In Iraq, there are no laws against domestic violence against women. With the growing power of the religious institutions, women in some areas have been forced to put on veils and abaya — the long, loose black cloak that covers the body from shoulders to feet (HRTZ).

In the Palestinian Territories,  twenty-six women were slain by relatives in the West Bank and Gaza in 2013, twice as many as the year before, according to official figures. With the rise of economic hardship and the ongoing leniency of  “honor” killings, violence against women is becoming more acceptable.

“One of the sharia principles, qiwama, or the male’s authority over the woman, is cited as the underlying framework behind this unequal legislation. Family law and personal status code, critics argue, are often the most demonstrative of these imbalances,” sites YourMiddleEast (YME).

While women in first world countries still face moderate objectification and violence, women in poorer parts of the world are facing even worse — with no justice.

“In the 3rd world countries, more efforts need to be made, in a lot of areas, women are still still being treated as trophies instead of people. Their issues are far worse than first world issues,” said BriAnna Tomlin, junior at ARHS.

Women in third world countries are slowly moving closer to equal rights; however, without advocation from fellow women and supporters over the world,  their fight is going to be long and hard.