Letter to the Editor: Doing Better for Oppressed Women | Letters
“We sweep the floor so that the man can pass” – this is a quote from author Tahmima Anam and it is a description of how women are not respected or seen as equal to men.
What is absolutely pathetic is that it is true. Feminism and the women’s rights movement have strengthened their presence in today’s world, as far as the United States is concerned. But in places like third world countries and war zones, our fellow citizens are suffering. No struggle, but suffering.
In war-torn Afghanistan, there is the belief in Sharia, followed by the Taliban. Women are considered property, they are no longer allowed to go out without a male escort. The results? To be stoned, raped, then murdered.
Nine-year-old girls are now “offered” to terrorist fighters as wives. Little girls, the same age as your daughter, sister or cousin, are now married children. They are mistreated, used and beaten.
Most people will read or hear this information on the news, then turn off the TV or turn off the article they’re reading, because it’s “such a shame.” We can do better than that.
We need to shout from the rooftops that women and girls deserve better, we need to treat them better and give them a voice. Girls are no longer allowed to receive an education in most war-torn areas because men think “they don’t know how to talk to women and girls”.