By: Daniel Otero
What a shame and it’s still happening! Even when the 20th Century was the ‘Century of Women’, still females have to fight all over the world for the opportunity to better them- selves. What should be an automatic human right for women to go to school and better their lives has become a challenge for over 60 million females across the world; it is especially true for women across continental Asia and the African basin.
Women are still that, ‘objects’ to use for sex only in certain parts of the world and they are not allowed to make their own choices to get out of poverty. Their destiny is to marry a man, become ‘baby factories’ and possibly having to live under their family’s thumb for the rest of their lives. It becomes even more sinister when you have societies that still allow pedophilia and child brides.
Terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab (Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia are just to name a few of their areas of operation) do not want young girls to go to school and even will sequester, mutilate and murder those whom go against the wishes of this extremist group!
Women in countries like Nigeria, Somalia and Pakistan are subjected to honour killings if they don’t do what their family or the ‘law’ tells them. To name just a few examples, these are stoning deaths and mutilations to females (like cutting their nose off) will happen for those that resist their families or want to be educated.
If they are raped and want to have an abortion or tell authorities, they are blamed and condemned to 200 lashings! This is something that is a constant in Saudi Arabia. How barbaric is this, in this day and age?
Women being forced to marry and have babies at the expense of traditions and honour to the family! What kind of honour? It’s something more or it sounds like it came out of medieval literature! A woman should have the right to decide over her own body.
Can this ever get better? When in areas of the South and Western China still deal with women being kidnapped and taken into slavery and the continuance of force marriages is still an institution in these provinces.
This is not the case of a ruthless pimp selling off one of his prostitutes, no, these are traditions carried on by family members, governments across the world and poverty are the sentencing factors that affect most of these girls and young women.
Women with greater education have chances to not be enslaved or become condemned into a life of social control, unhappiness and poverty. Women are the force that drives our world, without women leaders we are risking a future of social poverty and further ignorance.
Females can do more with their lives when educated. Live longer without the consequences of abuse and happier when they can become socially-grander people. You can see it and it’s a scientific/statistical fact! They run away from the direction of control for other places where their rights count.
For these reasons, we should never take female education for granted. And it’s a proven fact, educated women make 25% more money for their families, they are happier, business entrepreneurship, leadership oriented and can live a quality of life greater than their ancestors.
I think it’s shameful when countries like India are still struggling with the issues of enslavement and rape. It comes more from the changing times and leaders doing more for their country to teach and educate the poor out of this traditional-social ignorance–can make women’s lives stable!
With that in mind, educating females and educated women can educate their children. It’s a win-win for all and an investment in the future quality of life of the country. When these people are educated, lesser problems of male-extremist societies of violence will arise. It can change and be led by women in a path to make our world a better place and one of peace.
After all, we need a society in equality for males and females alike. Makes sense for all of us, a happier and mentally/socially stable environment!