Gender Inequality In The Arab World

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Today, most women have rights whether it is a right to education or a right to vote or legal representation. While most countries have these rights for women, there are regions in which women are treated as second class citizens or in some cases are not recognized as people. Most of these human rights violations take place in regions such as the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Latin America and South America and parts of Asia. Sadly, in places like Afghanistan or Egypt at least 90% of women are sexually assaulted or have been mutilated. According to Half The Sky Foundation 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not outlawed. Most of these women live in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and face sometimes deadly forms of discrimination like honour killings or mutilation. Not only is gender inequality a violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights it is also the root to many political, social and economic problems.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, at least 75% of the women in Yemen are illiterate. The lack of educated women in the Arab States can lead to unemployment, workforce
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Gender inequality is not only in the Arab world, women face discrimination worldwide whether it's from not having the right to vote to being paid less than men. Though these facts show no hope for women’s rights, international female icons such as Beyoncé, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malala Yousafzai and Leymah Gbowee Wajeha al-Huwaider are serving as role models and are paving the way for strong women and Gender Empowerment especially in places like the Arab world. As we move into more progressive times one can only hope that gender inequality will become a thing of the past rather than current
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