Women's Rights In Afghanistan

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Imagine what it would be like to be hated for the gender you are created as, and to have all your rights taken away just purely for that reason. These are women that are victims of abuse, early marriage, kidnapping, and rape, but are forced to keep their head bowed as they are screaming inside about the pain they feel frequently. How these women are being treated is unfair and an injustice as the men that control them are holding them back from the future they want for themselves. Whether it has do with culture, choice, religion, or law, there is still an alternative to make the lives of Afghan women brighter and have more purpose. One out of many things is their lifestyle.This culture that the Afghanistans take very seriously and is…show more content…
According to Gabriela Maj, an author on the subject of Afghan Women 's rights, (“Afghanistan is one of the most challenging places to be as a woman.”) This is actually a very true and scary reality for young adult women and adult women because they are forced into marriage by their parents as they are afraid they will lose their daughter due to kidnapping. The effects of that is: having babies while still young children themselves, many young girls and women die from pregnancy and childbirth (460 deaths) in 2010(Maj). The education percentage of women/girls is quite low:a total of 18.0%; 85% of the population of women in Afghanistan have little to no education and are still illiterate and cannot write(Maj). Also, girls that are forced into marriage at a very young age (16) marry older men (60) and they only meet their husbands for the first time on their wedding day; In addition, the average lifespan for a woman is until the age of 51. The women that are already married, do not ever get any basic education that they were supposed to have when they were little children; they are under their husband 's control and cannot do anything without a male approval giving women no say in the life they have to…show more content…
Women in Afghanistan are forced to wear burqas or hijabs that cover their whole face and body; some of the hijabs and burqas are so dark that when they cross the street, they will get run over by a car because they can’t see anything through the thick cloth of the burqa or hijab. Also, in custody cases, the Sharia Law says that if the wife/mother tries to run away from the marriage, abuse, or kidnapping, then the custody automatically goes to the man in the family; that could be the grandfather, father, uncle, brother, anyone male. The women that have children at a very young age risk health issues for themselves and their newborn child; the life expectancy for children in Afghanistan is to when they are only 5 years old because they either have no parental supervision or have a disease that is incurable. Surprisingly, in Afghanistan, there are a lot of mothers and women in prison;They are accused of adultery or attempting to kill their husbands trying to escape the
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