The Middle East has long struggled to show their women the rights and freedoms offered to most other women of the world. The struggle to gain equality amongst men has been unsuccessful as women today are still oppressed. They’re forced to cover the bodies and sometimes their faces, they can’t leave their homes without the company of a man, and they aren’t allowed to receive an education usually past middle school. These are just some of the things women are forced to deal with. Despite these restrictions seeming cruel and pointless, there are people who support this, including women. The Middle East’s reaction has been mixed.
The freedom of religion is stark contrast to that of the government workings and legal affairs, but is still an important factor of canadian life. Religion is a belief system meant to be untouched by law, as long as they remain a peaceful congregation, and though time and time again does hate groups try to level on their rights, the judicial courts of Canada have continued to terminate such issues. The most recent and well known case winning would be of the niqab controversy. Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani immigrant, had won against the conservative government in two levels of court over the right to wear her niqab at her citizenship oath, before the new Liberal government dropped the former 's appeal to the Supreme Court. The reasoning behind her continued victory was because the courts had viewed the case as a violation to her religious freedom, as the niqab relates to her muslim faith. These separate verdicts had come long before it was even appealed to the Supreme Court. Zuneras’ religious freedom was protected by the courts of Canada, so we can infer that across the country in smaller cases, freedom of religion is being protected, as courts of Canada deem injustices and rulings against anything of religious relation as a violation of the Charter. This supportive decision making has made Canada an
The article “Reinventing the veil” by Leila Ahmed discusses how the concept of hijabs has changed over time. Back then many people had the assumption the veils would
“But I’m a different breed of man, Mariam. Where I come from, one wrong look, one improper word, and blood is spilled. Where I come from, a woman’s face is her husband’s business only. I want you to remember that. Do you understand?”(Hosseini 63).
Women are strong, stronger than most men if you ask me, not necessarily physically, but emotionally, able to handle more pain. You don’t believe me? Here are a few examples: women carry around a baby for nine months, they work/walk in high heeled shoes for days on end, they are amazing multi taskers, struggling to live up to the standards that society has set up for them, how to look, how to act, who to marry, what job to have, and countless other representations. In the time period of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout, our main character and narrator, combats with wanting to be who she wants, a “do what I want” tomboy, while society tries to make her a nice southern lady. Scout commonly wrestles with feminism throughout the story.
NS who is a Muslim woman made a complaint of being sexually assaulted by 2 men within family during her childhood. Both men were charged for the assault in 2007. During the opening inquiry in 2008, NS explained she was going to testify with her niqab on for religious purposes
The aspect most concerning in this question is, is it reasonable to limit certain religious articles. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under Equality Rights, in Section 15. (1), shows us that this is not a reasonable request as it is unacceptable to discriminate against someone because of their religion. Some may question that it is a safety reason, so they want to prohibit certain religious articles, for instance the burqa. Using the same logic, the society must also consider catholic nuns; they could also be considered a safety concern because they are covered in the same
This is evident in Gatineau’s regional soccer association in which they practically justify their unfair treatment towards the young girl through two significant structures: imperialism and immigration (43). In doing so, they are establishing that Western beliefs are more superior than those who are racially different. As a result, the soccer organization (the dominant group) is given the power to set the standards of what is appropriate in society which in the end singles out people like Rayane Benatti (45). Therefore, Benatti is exposing herself to stereotypes by wearing her hijab because she is not following dominant Canadian
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis, presents the central tension of Marjane struggling with the relationship of her nationality and herself by seeing the transition of clothing, makeup and accessories that female characters wear in the book. During her teenage years, she had been to a lot of countries and she always felt like she couldn 't find her real identity, either as a westerner or an Iranian. The book presents a lot of struggles with her trying to figure out her relationship, nationality, and her identity. The readers can see the transition of cultural background by noticing details within the image, for example, character’s clothing and how they dress themselves up. The transition of clothing and fashion represent cultural backgrounds that create struggles for Marjane and her search in self identity.
In 1939, Reza Shah’s unveiling declaration sparked a worldwide debate as to what the veil actually symbolizes. Ever since the beginning of Islam, women throughout the Islamic world have had to adopt the hijab as part of their cultural and religious attire due to various interpretations of the Islamic dress code. In addition, the Koran emphasizes purity in the name of Islam by asking both men and women to be modest when it comes to the way they dress. Furthermore, in his efforts to modernize Iran, Reza Shah failed to satisfy the needs of his people, as he gave women no say in what they could and could not wear in public. This eventually resulted in the division of Iranian women, as there were those who favored the Islamic tradition, and those who supported the regime and its adoption of Western values.
One of the things Tarlo describes is an image on the first page of the book of the veil being introduced to children in Marji’s school. “A chaotic playground scene reveals just how alien the head scarf was to children from modern educated backgrounds in Tehran whilst at the same time conveying the regime’s incapacity to keep young imaginations in check” (Tarlo, 348). The image depicts a girl pulling her veil off, saying it’s too hot, another girl with her veil over her face pretending to be the monster of darkness, a veiled girl pretending to strangle another girl who is not wearing her veil, a girl jumping rope with several veils tied together, and another girl pretending to ride her friend like a horse, using her veil as a bridle. Despite being forced to wear something most of them didn’t understand, they used their imaginations to have a good time. A more mature way of resisting was to let a few strands of hair show from under the veil. In Tarlo’s words: “The distinction in the streets is no longer between those who cover and those who don’t, but between different styles of covering for women and degrees of facial hair and other more subtle indicators for men” (349). Instead of having the option to not wear the veil to show that they didn’t support it, “modern” women had to be more subtle about their dissatisfaction with the law in place. Men also could not wear short sleeved shirts or neckties,
Since the birth of the revolution, reforms were put into place, including that of implementing the veil into the daily lives of women (3/3). It is then in 1980 when “it becomes obligatory to wear the veil at school,” and girls “find themselves veiled and separated from their guy friends” (3/4), (4/6). The veil can be viewed as an oppression of freedom, in which the women are not allowed to express themselves as they should be able to. For example, “Everywhere in the streets there were demonstrations against the veil,” in which the image depicts women wearing the veil and chanting “the veil,” while the other women in the other half of the picture are not wearing the veil and shouting “freedom” (5/1). This emphasis of the veil plays a significant role in the lives of everyday women in Iran, in which their freedoms are stripped by the harassment of the other traditionalist women and men in society. With the veil in the Iranian society, women are more susceptible to being affected by the lack of civil rights, as well as the excesses of traditionalists within
Persepolis is the graphic novel which shows how Marjane grows up under a repressive government in Iran. After the Islamic revolution in 1979, many things were changed by the government such as school curriculums. They closed university to make sure that all books are following the true path of Islam (Satrapi 73). One of the important change, in Persepolis, was the obligation of wearing the veil. The veil is covered women 's skin or hair as a symbol of devotion and modesty for the Islamic religion (Lazreg 10). Until the Pahlavi dynasty was taken the place by Ayatolla Kohmeini after the Islamic revolution, wearing the veil was banned by laws (Heath 31). However, after the Islamic revolution, people start wearing the veil. They are veiling because
Islamic groups inside of the United States are seen as all the same. Since the events of 9/11, studies show Muslims are distinguished as individuals from "one collective identity.” A large part of inhumane behavior and treatment specifically towards Muslim women is taking into account the hijab. The exponential growth in Islamaphobia has caused general perspective of hijab as an absolutely unguided, deceiving vision of a severe oppression to women caused by the misconceptions of Islam, society’s perception of beauty, and the political argument of liberation.
As a female Muslim (Muslimah) I became the witness of how western questioned Islam. They always ask about my right and my obligation to follow the rules of my religion. In their perspective, Islam violates my right when it comes to get my own decision. In fact, they see this point of view as the outsiders rather than the way a muslimah sees it. I honestly feel that Islam is the best religion that gives security to the woman. For instance about the hijab, westerners think hijab is a form of restraint for a woman. On the contrary it is a form of protection offered by Islam. We cannot deny that woman is the main target of a bunch list of criminalities. Hijab actually protects woman by covering the most attractive part of