Is Pakistan really a bad country
Equal rights? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! In these countries women are really badly off
Every year the World Economic Forum publishes the Global Gender Report, a report that analyzes equality between women and men in different countries. While we are doing very well here in Germany (12th place) and we have the same rights and educational opportunities as men, there are still countries where equality is a foreign concept.
There, women are considered to be second-class people and are victims of violence and abuse. They have no right to education or are only allowed to leave their home veiled and accompanied by their husbands. Terrible that something like this still exists in the 21st century!
These are the 10 countries where women are worst off:
The fashion in Yemen says a lot about the rights of women: Even if no full veil is officially required, hardly a woman dares to go out into the street without it. Except for a small slit for the eyes, her whole body is covered, her sight is only allowed to the husband. 62% of Yemeni women are illiterate. Genital mutilation is on the agenda here. In no other country in the world are women as badly off as here.
The situation for women in Pakistan is twofold. Those who grow up in liberal, affluent families in the city enjoy an education, some of them can later even go to university and pursue careers. But the majority of Pakistan's population lives in rural areas, impoverished and deeply anchored in tradition and religion. Here the life of a girl counts much less than that of a boy. Honor killings, with which family members seek to restore what they believe to be a tainted family honor, are part of everyday life.
For women in the central African country of Chad there are hardly any rights enshrined in law. Even ten-year-old girls are forcibly married. In addition, women there live in constant fear: Amnesty International reports regular violence and rape - mostly by soldiers of the army.
Women's rights and Syria have never really been a perfect match. But since the outbreak of the civil war, the situation has become a lot more terrible. Women are arbitrarily arrested, tortured and raped. Girls who have fled across the border with their families are forced to marry foreigners there.
Public life in Mali is mainly reserved for men. Women stay at home, take care of the house and the children. Instead of sending girls to school, they are prepared at an early age for their tasks as housewives. Circumcision and forced marriages are also not uncommon in Mali.
According to Iranian law, women are worth less than men there. Women must wear veils and are not allowed to leave the house without their husbands' permission. They are also obliged to be available to their husband for sex at all times. For years, women in Iran have been fighting for a revised divorce law, equal educational opportunities and an end to compulsory headscarves - so far without success.
Female genital mutilation is one of the biggest problems in Ivory Coast. A good 40% of all girls are circumcised, in the north of the country it is even up to 85%. In 2012, a legal reform granted women more rights, and since then the spouses have been - at least formally - on an equal footing. But in everyday life it looks very different.
Even if women in Lebanon do not have to wear a headscarf and outwardly hardly differ from modern, western women: the rules are clear! Women do not have the same civil rights as men. For them, the family always comes first, which means that their career opportunities are much lower.
According to the traditional distribution of roles, girls in Jordan marry after school, become housewives and look after the children. However, Jordanian women cannot transfer their citizenship to their offspring. A mere 16.2% of Jordanian women are employed. Here, too, honor killings are completely normal; the perpetrators are usually only inadequately prosecuted.
In Morocco, abortions are illegal and punishable by imprisonment. Even after being raped, the woman has to carry the child to term. A pregnancy may only be terminated in individual cases if the mother's life is at stake. Violence shapes the lives of many Moroccans. More than a third are regularly victims of violence - mostly the husbands are the ones who strike.
Really bad conditions that prevail in some countries in the world. We are really more than lucky to have grown up in such a safe and fair environment.
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