10 worst countries for equal rights

Unified’s Emily Jackson shines a light on the issues women from around the world may face when it comes to their human rights

Feminism, as defined by Mary Hawkesworth, author of Globalization and Feminist Activism is ‘a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women’.

Being a feminist is more than just standing up for equal rights, it’s about empowering women around the world and reminding them that we all have a voice to be heard. I believe I do not have the right to call myself a feminist as I am not a part of any political movement. However, I tell myself that: I am someone who is not an object created for a man’s desire, I am a person with full human rights and I should be treated fairly every day.

It does not matter what clothes or makeup I choose to wear as the only person I aim to impress is myself. I am fortunate enough to say that I grew up in a world where women are considered to be equal, but there are still women who do not have the freedom that I have. Women all over the world are still trapped in a cage that cannot be unlocked. I strongly believe that everyone should have the right to pursue who they want to be without anyone stopping them.

The media has such an influence on our lives that most of us are unlikely able to survive without it. It highlights so many issues that women around the world may face. I ask myself, why do I get to vote? Why do I have the rights to work? Why is it that other women do not get these rights that I have? We live in an unbalanced world and it’s time for all of us to be aware about the injustices against women around the globe.

Here are the ten worst counties for women to live in:

1. Nepal

“Early marriage and childbirth exhaust the country’s malnourished women, and one in 24 will die in pregnancy or childbirth.”

2) Sudan

“Abduction or forced displacement have destroyed more than 1 million of women’s lives since 2003.”

3. Guatemala

“The impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence.”

4. Mali

“One of the world’s poorest countries, few women escape, many are forced into early marriages, and one in 10 dies in pregnancy or childbirth.”

5. Saudi Arabia

“Women in Saudi Arabia are treated as lifelong dependents, under the guardianship of a male relative”

6. Somalia

“In a society that has broken down, dangerously poor health care for pregnancy, and attack by armed gangs.”

7. Iraq

“The U.S.-led invasion to “liberate” Iraq from Saddam Hussein has imprisoned women in an inferno of sectarian violence that targets women and girls.”

8. Afghanistan

“The average Afghan girl will live to only 45 – one year less than an Afghan male.”

9. Democratic Republic of Congo

“In the eastern DRC, a war that claimed more than 3 million lives has ignited again, with women on the front line.”

10. Pakistan

“In the tribal border areas of Pakistan women are attacked as punishment for men’s crime.”

I do not aim to scare you or make you feel bad, I am trying to open your eyes to the world that we live in. Just because we do not see it with our own eyes it does not mean it is not happening. This is reality and the world needs to know.

Being a feminist has evolved since 1837, it has grown to become more that just equal rights and equal pay. It has become a way to open people’s eyes to show them the horrors and the pain that other women in third world countries go through every day. As women, it is our duty to spread the stories of people who suffer around the world due to lack of human rights.

I am not saying that is what being a feminist is about because there are many different aspects of being a feminist and you cannot identify feminism on how badly women are being treated. It is so much larger and complicated than that. I want to leave this thought in your mind which is; is the word unambiguous?

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