Speak out

In Around the World on March 19, 2011 at 5:25 am

The other day I finished reading Princess by Jean Sasson, telling the true life tale of a Saudi Arabian princess.  Unfortunately it did nothing to improve my idea of men within that culture, though I advise myself to be cautious in viewing all Arab men, or Muslim men for that matter, in the same light. 

However, it does remind me again of the plight of women in that part of the world, especially now with the protests that have occured and are continuing to occur.  In Egypt women were hoping for change, and that change is still possible, but with a military government in charge, and the uniting goal of ousting Mubarak out of the way, women’s rights have been once again pushed to the side. 

In Yemen, Tunisia, Lybia…I don’t know if circumstances are better or worse for women.  Citizens of these countries are struggling and figting for better rights – simple human rights, but we must remember that women make up this humanity as well, and that once, or if the people overcome their oppressive governments I hope the rigths of women are included in the talk for human rights.  We must join our voices with theirs. 

It is a known fact that giving women equal treatment improves a society for everybody: economically, socially, politically, etc.  The world is made up of an entire range of people, which is something we all need to be reminded of.

For more on this go to Human Right’s Watch: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/03/08/women-protesting-middle-east


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