Human Right of Women a Grey Stand

Rita Eluwade, global education magazineRita Eluwade

Author of the book “Trafficked Women- a Problem of Vulnerability without Rehabilitation

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Human right laws still remain a grey stand when it comes to women. I will be focusing on two areas: human trafficking and human rights laws for women and girls.  Human rights of people should depicts freedom to make decision regarding all aspect of their lives. To most people in the world the ability to make a choice or make a decision about their lives is indeed very unattainable. Human trafficked victims have no rights as they are treated like slaves, if alive because some of them  don’t make out alive. In all these women are mostly affected because they are vulnerable and are faced with a lot of  cultural normalities which makes them subdued and relegated to the background. To a life that has no voice and meaning.

It is now a known fact that despite the great advancement made by the international women rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or are trafficked into forced labour and slavery. They are trafficked to places where they are made to do jobs which normally they won’t do. Being slaves, means they do not have rights to object to their treatment. Obtaining human rights brings about freedom and the ability to be who God made you to be, do what you want to do and most importantly people respecting that. This is far for most people across the world today especially women in most part of the world.

Women and girls face inequalities in respective of their geographically location. Haven said this, the right of women and girls are better in some countries of the world. In Europe most women worry because they are not as visible as their male counterparts in their offices or work place. Whilst in other parts of the world like Africa and Asia, women and girls are fighting for the opportunity to be educated or make choices concerning their lives. The recent case of Malala Yousafzai; of Pakistan, shows that women and girl children are still vulnerable due to deep rooted gender inequalities and cultural belief which place women and girls in a subordinate position. Gender inequalities harm all aspect of human rights. According to the human right laws, all are equal to the law, but when the law is different from the cultural norms of a people it becomes questionable by people who may chose to defile, and not recognise that human rights law.

The human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan is today questioned, can women ever be free to make decisions concerning their lives and their reproductive choices? In light of the recent happenings in Afghanistan the world needs to be concerned, about the law that eliminates violence against women and girls which was enacted in Afghanistan 2009. This law imposes criminal penalties for child and forced marriage, domestic violence, and numerous other abuse against women, although this law was not been enforced, it was very good to know that something was in place that respects the human rights of women in Afghanistan. Now that very law is under threat from those who still see women as less than human and stand on the cultural and religious platform which only shows cruelty on girls and women.

This article was published on 10th December: Human Rights Day, in Global Education Magazine.

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