Essay about African Women During The Scandinavian Nations

1098 Words Dec 14th, 2014 null Page
As communities adapt to changing economies, political events, and systems of rule, it is not uncommon for one half of the population to lag behind. Women have traditionally been regarded as less valuable than males in the majority of cultures, and their fight for equal rights continues in even the most progressive nations. For example, only 19 percent of American Congresspersons are female , and women, especially women of color, make up to 30 percent less for the same work than their male counterparts with the same credentials. Only a few countries offer compensation for maternal leave, and childcare benefits are available almost exclusively in the Scandinavian nations. African women face many of the same challenges with the additional difficulty that less economic development and unstable systems of government have resulted in a more rigid social structure. Short periods of African independence contrast with those found in Europe, Asia, and South America, and have limited African lawmaker’s ability to effect While England has an “800 year history of human rights law and long political stability…as recently as 1950 only four countries in Africa had their own independent government.” Many parts of the African continent are equally industrialized as their Western counterparts, but it remains true that 60-70% of African live in rural areas. In these areas, traditional social roles tend to be reinforced and the absolute scarcity of resources prevents women from taking on…

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