Now, again I must emphasize that these religions are not perfect and need to continue advancing in equality. A wonderful example of this is a study done of Sri Lanka (heavily Buddhist area), looking at the prevalence of intimate partner violence. It highlighted that men were still perpetrating this crime but also explained that sexual assault rates were minimal (5%), dowry was not required and child marriages were not common (Jayasuriya, 2011). Buddhism is not the sole cause of these outcomes but do highlight a similar correlation as with the “Gods” religiosity discussed previously. Also, with Hinduism being one of the largest religions worldwide, areas heavily influenced by this still have their fair share of oppression towards women. The most notable country being India (Singh, 2014). Areas like these still struggle with gender inequalities but some have made some progress. Further into Wiccan practices, it can be said that women have an extensive amount of power, with the downfall of discrediting the male deity into a subordinate role. Although this works against perfect equality, it helps female empowerment and inspiration.
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