When there is such blatant disrespect for the human rights of women in certain societies, sexual and domestic violence is more accepted by those who live in these societies. This is why one out of every three women claim to experience physical and sexual violence, and why most of these acts of violence are actually committed by their intimate partner. When women experience such atrocities they are less likely to feel confidence in their abilities or feel any kind of empowerment. Many girls like Amina, who are given away as children as a bride, to much older men, experience domestic violence and rape. This just adds to the uphill road that women all over the world face towards equal rights.
Domestic violence is extremely high for the female population all around the world, especially because their human rights aren't respected legally and by society in general.
WE'Re DEFINITELY Not PERFECT HERE EITHER
Although our first world problems, when it comes to women's rights, aren't nearly as substantial as many other countries', we still have a long way to go.
Although women in this country and many other first world countries have the ability to vote, serve public office, marry whomever they want to, drive a car, go to school and wear whatever they want, because our laws protect both sexes equally, there are still a lot of societal norms that we have widely accepted here in the west that are also inherently sexist. We can fix this by educating the next generation on what is unacceptable when it comes to the treatment of women. No one is born with sexism, it develops from what we see around us everyday, we must do our best to make sure that these ugly attitudes don't continue on corrupting generation after generation.
Many have said that without women gaining the opportunities to reach their highest potentials, many developing countries will have a harder time developing. There are so many women in the world, they make up half of the population. If only half of the population has the proper amount of rights and opportunities afforded to them, then we, as a global community, can only be half as effective.
Women's empowerment is for the good of ALL of us!
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