Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Afghanistan is one of the worst countries to be a woman. Girls’ schools are frequently attacked, high-profile women’s rights advocates have been targeted and killed, and violence against girls and women continues to be a major problem (“Women in Afghanistan”). More females die during pregnancies and childbirth than almost anywhere else in the world. Life is hard for women fighting for their rights in Afghanistan. The Taliban, an extremist militia, seized control first of Herat and then Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on September 27, 1996 and violently plunged Afghanistan into a brutal state of totalitarian dictatorship and gender apartheid in which women and girls were stripped of their basic human rights.
In the latter part of the 20th century, women were making steps forward, being granted the right to both employment and education. Women were key participants in the economy, holding positions as: doctors, engineers, and teachers. “Before the Taliban's takeover, Afghan women were: 70% of school teachers, 50% of civilians in the government workforce, 60% of teachers at Kabul University, 50% of students at Kabul University, and 40% of doctors in Kabul” (Hanford, Cindy). It was during the Taliban’s five year rule that women’s rights to education were revoked. “On September 27, 1996, the Taliban, an extremist militia, seized control of the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, and violently plunged the occupied territories of Afghanistan into a brutal state of gender apartheid in which women and girls have been stripped of their basic human rights” (Taliban & Afghan Women: Background).
The assault on the status of women began immediately after the Taliban took power in Kabul. The Taliban closed the women’s university and forced nearly all women to quit their jobs. It restricted access to medical care for women, brutally enforced a restrictive dress code, and limited the ability of women to move about the city. The Taliban committed horrible acts of violence against women, including rape, abduction, and forced marriage. Some families resorted to sending their daughters to Pakistan or Iran to protect them.
In the 1980’s Alice Lakwena was convinced that the Holy Spirit had spoken to her and ordered her to conquer the government. Lakwena claims the government was being prejudice against the Acholi. The Holy Spirit Movement, lead by Lakwena, gained momentum as bitterness increased toward the government. Lakwena was later exiled, which left her movement with no leader. Joseph Kony declared that he was Lakwena’s cousin and so took over the movement.
Crimes of Honour: An Analytical Review The documentary Crimes of Honour, showcases the reality of honour killings towards females in the Middle East, more specifically in Iran, Afghanistan, and Jordan. However, these acts are not limited to the countries specified; this ideology is still being implemented all across the world by many cultural groups. This documentary captures the tragic lifestyles of women targeted by this corrupt cultural practice, some of whom are eventually killed by the hands of their loved ones. These acts derive from ancient African cultures which were later adapted by Indian and Middle Eastern cultures. Females in these countries are victimized usually by their brothers, uncles, husbands, and/or fathers.
Women who have killed their children have different motives than one another. The murder of children is both tragic and heinous and this often causes a massive amount of media attention. Sometimes when these women go on trial for the murder of their children it is hard to convince juries of their illnesses. The maternal filicide has become very common in today’s society. In this paper I will be discussing both postpartum syndrome and how it is when defending the women with theses illnesses in court.
The development of religious fundamentalism caused many conflicts, some minor and others major. The Taliban which is one of the Mujahedeen groups that formed during the war are a religious dictatorship that believes they have the only right in interpreting the Holy book of Muslims. The Taliban believed in getting rid of anyone who had a different religious view including more scientific beliefs. Severe punishment including death was enforced upon those who did not follow the Taliban’s rules. The Taliban was also the cause for why women weren’t allowed to be educated thus leading to the Malala Yousafzai incident.
Manlio Argueta portrays the indecency of their live and their treatment by those with the authority above them. He wrote this novel from a woman’s perspective showing people around the world the struggles of Central American peoples and the lowering of human rights under an oppressive government. Manlio Argueta writes about the abuse of the people of El Salvador and the mistreatment and the hopelessness of their everyday life, and what they must do to survive this oppressive government, the military, as well as everyone else around them with a higher status. This book was
One of the themes of Global Woman is the inequalities that exist between the world’s developed and developing nations. Many women in developing nations migrate to developed nations because they are “pushed” by the poverty and abuses that they experience at home (Ehrenreich & Hochschild, 2002, pp 10-11). At the same time, they are “pulled” by the hopes of finding better opportunities for themselves in a developed nation. However, these opportunities are mostly limited to jobs as nannies, maids or sex workers. In the introduction to Global Woman, Ehrenreich & Hochschild (2002) refer to this trend as “the globalization of traditional female services” (p. 5).
Women were forced into Sati, a merciless and inhumane act where women had to jump into the burning furnace of their husband’s funeral pyre. Women also were victimized with child marriage and widow remarriage was considered adultery. This drastic change in India from the early Vedic period to the medieval period is believed to be started since the invasion of foreign rulers and the impact of their religious principles and beliefs. But there has been a lot happening in and around India which changed its pure morals to social evils that no