Women's Rights In The Middle East Essay

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Introduction
Women’s rights in the middle east is gaining more momentum now than it has in the past years. Reformation is the key to moving forward, but democracy still must change in order to enact and continue future progress for women. There are still heavy limitations on what women can and cannot do, which hinders progress, but sources say there is progress on the way. Women’s rights, and whether the United States can interfere, is the cornerstone of progress abroad. Governments are still following age-old rules and using religion as means to push back and deny rights to women in the Middle East. Sources say there is progression underway in certain regions, from more women in government to local laws allowing women more participation in
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In some regions, such as Saudi Arabia, women are not included in nondiscrimination policies. Kelly Sanja, in her journal “Recent Gains and New Opportunities for Women’s Rights in the Gulf Arab States” makes the point that “regardless of constitutional guarantees, women throughout the region face legal forms of discrimination that are systematic and pervade every aspect of life.” These legal forms of discrimination that pervade every aspect of life should be one of the main topics at the political table; it needs change. Marriage partners is the main concern: in some Gulf regions, the choice of a marriage partner, and whether the women has a say in the matter, is not protected by law. To explain further, women need permission of a guardian before a marriage is finalized. This severely limits the free choice of a women and decreases chances of a bright future. The attitudes of male authority figures and traditional learnings are a threat to gender equality. “Unless effective complaint mechanisms are in place and the appropriate court personal are trained to apply justice in a gender-blind manner…laws will not achieve the desired effect.” The proceedings of the Middle Eastern justice systems are not “gender-blind,” as Sanja calls it, and therefore cannot allow for gender equality when dealing with issues involving women. If laws do begin to take effect, it …show more content…
Repressive regimes are more likely to increase violence and discrimination against women due to the pressure of military intervention. Often, those countries interfering, do so for their own political and economic interests. Dursun Peksen, author of the piece “Foreign military intervention and women’s rights” says, “Since the political regime in the target state is protected by self-interested intervener states, they are less likely to be compelled by the pressure from the domestic opposition…to strictly enforce women’s rights.” He is saying that the prioritization of strategic interest leads to a lesser chance of women’s right being enforced. Isobel Coleman, in her piece published in the Foreign Affairs journal, says “This marriage of convenience threatens Washington’s policy of advancing women’s rights. The “marriage of convenience” she references is the protection of repressive regimes because of the priority of strategic interests as mentioned above. Women’s rights will not have a chance to push forward if they are not prioritized by the United States government. International pressure to improve the rights of women also plays a big role in how the government deals with these issues in foreign countries. The authors of the article “Middle East Democracy” published by the Washington Post, also say that “The United States has a lengthy laundry list of other priorities in the region…” If

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