Women\'s Rights

Women Rights

Womenís rights establish legal, political, and social rights for women in a
society that traditionally confers more status and freedom to men. Throughout
history, men have had more legal rights and career opportunities than women all
over the world. However, womenís rights guarantee that women will not face any
kind of acumen on the basis of their sex ( Comptonís ).

Male dominance was unsurpassable from the time of the earliest written

historical records. In most traditional societies, women were generally at a

disadvantage. Until the second half of the 20th century, women in

most societies were denied some of the legal and political rights

accorded to men. Although women in much of the world have gained

significant legal rights, many people believe that women still do not

have complete political, economic, and social equality with men


Throughout history, inherent cultural beliefs gave women very

few options on their roles in society. Many, mostly men, felt that

women were not intellectual enough, so their natural roles were

limited to being homemakers and childbearers (Comptonís). This also

limited womenís education and personal lives. Women generally

accepted their inferior status as their only option( Encarta).

The Industrial Revolution and The Age of Enlightenment, both

caused economic and social changes(Encarta). It provided a favorable

atmosphere for the breakthrough of feminism in the late eighteenth

and nineteenth centuries. During Enlightenment, its leaders, argued

that all individuals were born equal. Unfortunately, the Enlightenment

ideas had very little impact on the legal and political status of women.

As the years of discrimination continued to pass, people all over

the world voiced their opinions. In 1848, the first womenís rights

convention was led by abolitionist Lucretia Mott and feminist Elizabeth

Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls, New York (American). After this

movement, others followed, resulting in many offers and new options

for women, such as their right to vote which was finally granted in

1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified(Encarta).

After this success, women learned they could not give up. After

1920, many other rights were developed. For example, in 1964,

the Civil Rights Act was extended to include women, and in 1972, the

Supreme Court of the United States declared that abortion was legal.

Today in westernized nations, women have a high role in society.

They can be employed in any kind of work, the decision of marriage,

divorce, pregnancy. Legally women are exactly equal to men, but are

still thought to be disrespected and face a great deal of

discrimination. However, in many developing countries, women are

said to be abused, taken advantage of and uneducated. Westernized

countries fight against this, but the defending countries feel itís their

way of life and culture and should not be told how to live their lives

and run their countries (ďStatus of Women at a GlanceĒ).

This conflict has been going on since the beginning of time and

still continues today spite the fact of improvements. Hopefully, one

day, it will all be resolved.

In Iraq, we feel our women citizens have a special position in our

country. We treat them in an exceptional way that expresses our

culture and individuality. The way westernized nations treat their

women sets a bad example on those that do not follow their problem-

causing ways.

Regarding this problem, we highly suggest that the UN abolish

the current UDHR. We feel this document segregates the countries

that do not follow the stated beliefs, but follows itís own cultural

traditions. Therefore, we suggest that the UN should adopt a new one.

Only this one would have to respect every cultureís practices

regarding women. A main successful improvement, would be to urge

all nations to view Iraq, and other countries that feel the same as we

do, with cultural relativity in mind.

In conclusion, what we ask of isnít much more than just giving

us the ability to run our country the way we feel is right and to have

consideration for our choices.

Category: Social Issues