International Women’s Day is over, but there are millions of women in the world, who do not enjoy life to the fullest. Many women are considered inferior members of the human race, who are deprived of basic and constitutionally enshrined rights.
For example, in Yemen, if a woman is a witness in a court case, which is a very rare occurrence, her testimony will be counted as only 50-percent truthful. That is, the testimony of a woman is not considered as seriously as the testimony of a man. In addition, female residents of Yemen are not allowed to appear as witnesses on any type of cases. For example, women aren’t allowed to be witnesses for adultery, Pravda.Ru says.
In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive. Large-scale protests in the country have not yielded any results. In addition, both in Saudi Arabia and even in the Vatican, women are not admitted to vote, nor can they be nominated for political posts.
In Lebanon and Morocco, there are no laws to protect women from violence, in particular, from domestic violence, because sexual acts committed against them, even against their will, are not considered as violent acts.
In Morocco, rules are even tougher. A raped (in the European and Western sense of the word) woman is likely to be forced to marry the man, who committed such an act of violence against her. In one of such cases, when a sexually abused woman was forced to become the wife of her rapist, led to her suicide.
Gender discrimination is still in effect in Tunisia. In this country, a woman can inherit only half of her family fortune, while males can inherit twice as much, Pravda.Ru reports.
Life does not come easy to women in El Salvador. In this country, any kind of abortion is prohibited. Even natural miscarriages are punishable. In 2012, 18-year-old Glenda Xiomara Cruz, unaware of her pregnancy, due to the weakness of the body, lost the baby and was sentenced to ten years. The court did not believe the young woman and decided that she was supposed to keep the baby at all costs.
Pravda.Ru spoke to Colonel Marina Astakhova, the chief of the Legal Administration, chairwoman of the women’s council at the Central Directorate of the Ministry for Interior Affairs of the Russian Federation about the role of women at public service in Russia.
“I do not even know the area, where women can not work. I think that we have women working even at special departments. There are not many of them there, of course, but still. Maybe there is such a narrow field, where woman can not work, I am not sure. I think that women are multicore in nature. If a woman wear military uniform, she realizes that she will have to be on equal ground with men. No one relieves her of her other functions of a woman – the domestic goddess. Women have this dual responsibility in life – family and professional.
“In police structures, there are services that can not do without women. I spent a long time working at the “02” call center. Men can not handle such an avalanche of various calls and information, but women can, and they can do it well. There are many women among forensic experts and investigators; there are many women inspectors at the youth liaison service,” Marina Astakhova.
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