Bruised: Women Struggle in Middle East


Bruised: Women struggle in Middle East

For very long, women have been suffering in Middle East, not only for their rights to come and go, but also having to deal with constant domestic violence. We aim to explain their suffering culture and give an update on this case in Middle East: If it is better or worse, the rise of women against it and statistical analysis.

Women in Middle East have dealt with a lot of hardships during thousands of years, in which they are treated as lesser individuals in comparison with men. Still in a lot of countries they must dress covering their whole body, cannot be seen alone outside of their homes and rape is not considered a crime in some countries. This culture goes on because of the strict law mixed with Islamic preaching, and while there are mostly Muslims, the law is enforced and even they are scared to call the police.

In relation to improvements, a good number of countries improved women’s rights in their region, although women violence is still widespread, even with some enhancements in law and social pressure. Saudi Arabia for example is one of the most conservative countries and curiously at the same time one with the most rape cases in Middle East.

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Combined Scale of the Prevalence and Sanction of Rape and Sexual Assault of Women

Not only rape scale is really high in Saudi Arabia, ineffective in judicial system about rape cases also a really important point. Saudi Arabia’s legal code is Shari’s law. Sharia law is extreme version of Islamic rules. Because of this law, women are not given the same rights as men and in the courts are much worse. For example, women are unable to speak for themselves in court and also man’s testimony is worth two women’s testimonies.

The following story shows how harsh can it be if the woman goes court about sexual assault, harassment or rape: A young girl in Saudi Arabia who was being molested by her father went to the court to file a complaint. The judges did not believe her and told her, her father needed to come in to file the complaint. This shows even women can make a complaint about sexual harassment properly and when she does it the court will not believe her.

Based on our research we believe that the main cause of the high rape scale in Middle East and North Africa is the lack of conviction of rapists due reporting rape cases and judicial system. If there were much better laws where covers women rights or making men and women equal then there won’t be sexual harassment or rape cases this much. So we believe whole judicial system in Middle East and North Africa ( almost every Muslim country) needs change.

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