Women's Rights Essay

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Woman—to many, she is God’s most complete creation. She symbolizes independence, love, caring, gentleness and intensity – both in love and in hate. More intelligent and emotionally stronger than man, why as she been called Adam’s better half?

Undoubtedly women endure much more pain than men do. I challenge any man to go through even half the pain a woman goes through during labor. Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto Indira Gandhi have shown that women can rule a country even better than men… and maybe even the world!

However women have not been treated nicely by men all throughout time. They have been denied their rights, their opportunities. It is commonplace, happening on a daily ...view middle of the document...

It is not only education where girls are forced to take a backseat in the East. The inequality spreads to many other things too.

Such as rape. More than half of the total rape cases go unreported. This is because the victims do not want to shame their families by publicizing the abuse they have gone through and they do not want to face embarrassing cross- questioning in the court. Most rape victims either commit suicide or turn to prostitution. The society makes the victims pay for someone else’s mistakes. Unwed mothers are verbally and physically abused in public places.

Dowry is another very common problem, particularly in India. The groom’s family demands enormous sums of money and other valuables from the bride’s father, to show that the groom is doing them a big favor by agreeing to marry their daughter. If the father is unable to pay, the bride is usually married off anyway but then burnt to death by her in laws in less than a week after the wedding.

Female infanticide is another problem. It is not a new problem; it has existed for thousands of years in the East. It is selective murder. As soon as the baby is born, if it is a girl, she is either buried alive or drowned.

Bad marriages are commonplace too. In eastern marriages, it is the woman who gives a lot and compromises a lot more than the man. The man can afford to cheat-- on the sly or even in front of his wife. He can afford to...

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