Women

Women have been persecuted at one point in time in every country. These persecutions have been influenced by many different things, brought into action by many different groups of people and implemented in many different ways.

Who persecutes women?
Every country has different groups unfairly persecuting women. Sometimes it is as simple as males feeling that they are better and more important than women. This can rub off in the way they treat women, whether it is intended or not. Sometimes women are treated as lesser people by their own governments. They are not given the same rights and opportunities as the male citizens are given. Sometimes, laws put into action by the government cause women to be treated unfairly. This may not always be what the law intended, but it can lead to conflicts. These laws can lead to whole society to having a mindset that can last for many generations. The views and morals of a country may not change even though the whole world around it is changing.

What do women do to deserve this?
In many instances, women have done nothing to afflict others and the people persecuting them have nothing to validate what they are doing. Many times, men have been raised thinking that they are more powerful and deserve more than women. This often causes women to revolt which leads to them being treated more unfairly. Although they can control their reactions to a situation, their reactions don’t at all validate the way they are being treated. Governments also play a big role in what their citizens believe. If a government is drilling it into their citizen’s heads that women should be restricted in some aspects of life, sooner or later the country will follow it’s lead. They may not even think about what they are doing, but they are just so influenced by the government that they just do it.

What is being done to stop this problem?
In developed countries, such as the United States, the persecution of women has been ended somewhat easily. The women begin to unite, show their power and stand up for themselves. After this, it doesn’t take long for the rest of the country to realize that what they are doing is wrong. Sometimes women can also revolt and get what they want accomplished. In underdeveloped countries, ending the persecutions is a little more complicated. A lot of the time, the majority of the country does not feel the need to change the way they are running themselves. Usually, the underdeveloped countries have a harder time giving up their traditional ways, whether they believe it is right or not. In these cases, other countries may feel the need to get involved. The developed countries will take down the leading force in order to give the country a fresh start and help the women lead enjoyably lives.**
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One of the most common examples of the persecution of women is the way Afghani women are treated under the power of the Taliban. Women were very restricted in Iraq until the United States and other countries stepped up to take down the Taliban. Today, even though the reign of the Taliban has ended, many people still believe that women should follows these restrictions. They were restricted in all aspects of their lives.

The Taliban
The Taliban ruled in Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001. They came into power dunring the time of the civil war in Afghanistan. They held the majority of Afghanistan's territory. The Taliban had many servere policies such as their views on terrorism and their restrictions of women. They also had devout Muslim beliefs.

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Restrictions of Women under the Taliban

  • No schooling
  • Must be completely covered at all times
  • Aren’t allowed to leave the house unless accompanied by a male relative.
  • After puberty, aren’t allowed to talk to males unless they are related
  • Never allowed to make any noise in public.
  • Can't wear make up
  • Can't wear brightly colored clothes
  • Can’t be in any media at all
  • Are never allowed to attend any parties
  • Windows must always be painted over
  • Aren’t allowed to be seen in their houses
  • No stranger should ever hear a woman's voice
  • A man shouldn't hear a woman's footsteps
  • Segregated from men, much like blacks were
  • segregated from whites in the United States

Punishments under the Taliban

  • Body parts cut off
  • Public stoning
  • House arrest
  • Beating
  • Tourture
  • Whipping
  • Verbal abuse
  • Hanging
  • Death

Sources
Pictures
http://www.lijst-pimfortuyn.nl/images/fractie/2001-09-17-taliban%20juichend.jpg
http://www.worldproutassembly.org/images/burka3.jpg
Information
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/taliban.html
http://www.feminist.org/afghan/facts.html

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