Women’s Rights: The next big battle

Lets kick off Women’s history month with a bang. Women have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time as far as gaining freedoms, liberties and equality in Western society. With that being said there are many that still feel the need to march and resist our president Donald Trump. It is their right to do so but what I aim to do is guide them to where the true violation of women’s right are happening, the Middle East. If feminist truly want to fight the oppression of Women then this must be their number one target, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia lives under strict Sharia Law which is backwards and archaic system with women being treated more like property than citizens. They cannot drive a car, or leave the house without a male guardian, they must be covered in religious garb when in public and while in public cannot look at or even speak to a male that they are not related to. They cannot work, attend a higher education institution or marry without permission from a male. Hell women cannot even obtain a passport or ID without permission from a patriarch. These guys have their own religious police force to follow women around and make sure they are adhering to these rules. On top of all of that there have been many rulings from their religious system of cases that were just unjust, and unfairly oppressing women. In November of 2013, a Kuwaiti woman was arrested after driving her sick father, who was in diabetic shock, to the hospital. In 2006 a woman was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail after being kidnapped and raped by 7 men. All of these are egregious human rights violations, and should not be allowed to occur in this age. The simple fact is women rights is a global issue and we should not stop until every human can live free under their own rule. I believe that people know what is best for them and not governments. I will always value the individual over the State and Saudi Arabia is a good barometer of how bad a state can be. So feminists and women’s rights activist if you truly want to make an impact on the lives of women who are oppressed, start with the state that oppresses them the most, Saudi Arabia. P. S Do not forget that Saudi Arabia is on the United Nations Human Rights Council, but that’s a story for a different time.

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