Women’s rights in the Middle East have always been a controversial issue. Although the rights of women have changed over the years, they have never really been equal to the rights of a man. This poses a threat on Iran because women have very limited options when it comes to labor, marriage and other aspects of their culture. I believe that equal treatment for women and men is a fundamental principal of international human rights standards.
Yet, in some places like Iran, discriminatory practices against women are not only prevalent, but in some cases, required by law. In this essay I will explain to you the every day life of an every day Islamic woman living in Iran. You will be astonished by what these women have endured through the centuries. The rights granted to women in the Quran (the Islamic Holy Book) and by the Islamic prophet Muhammad were an improvement to the rights prior to the birth of Islam. In fact, the Quran states that “God treats men and women as spiritual equals.” The Quran also states the dress code for the believers but does not support or advocate it. It was innovations and fabrications that introduced the Hijab (veil) to the Islamic religion.
The Hijab is a veil that is a traditional, not religious, head cover that dates back to the ancient civilizations. In Iran, the law is that all women MUST wear a Hijab in all public places, regardless of citizenship, religion or choice. Those in contravention of the dress code are subject to punishment, such as lashings. This type of dress code impairs women to do certain jobs or tasks that most males can do. For example, if a women decided to become a doctor, this would be impossible because she wouldn’t be able to operate on her patient if she was wearing the required dress. Although the Quran states that women are equal to men, there are also man made books, called the Hadith, which put women on the same level as animals.
While most of the world has come to a consensus realizing men and women are equal, Islamic Law has yet to change. Women is Islamic countries do have rights. Their rights aren’t nearly as reasonable as the rights that men have. Women in Islamic nations have the right to obtain an education, but only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Iranian women have the opportunity to get an education, but it is not ...
As stated in the Hadith, “Women are naturally, morally and religiously defective.” Although this may sound odd, the more traditional Muslims prefer the Hadith, over the Quran even though it is their religious book. Not only are women not allowed to choose how they dress, they also aren’t allowed to choose where they would like to work or go to school. They can’t work with men because they are segregated from men in every aspect of public life. They also are barred from taking employment in a large number of occupations simple because these jobs would compromise their chastity. A married woman is only allowed to be employed if she has the consent of her husband. Women are forbidden to choose their own academic or vocational field of study and there are 169 fields of study that are strictly for men only.
A recent law that was just made in 1990 forbids women to drive, which made it impossible for them to transport themselves independently. Iranian women have to depend quite frequently on men to survive. Women aren’t even allowed to travel unless they have permission of their husbands or fathers. Marriage also is a crucial element to an Iranian woman’s life.
The legal age of marriage is nine years old and most women are not allowed their husband of choice. Women are also not allowed equal rights to divorce. It is only under extreme conditions, such as insanity of their spouse, that they are allowed to file for divorce. Even in the event of the divorce, the father has legal custody of boys after the age of two and girls after the age of seven.
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It is also crucial to have a husband because if women are involved in any other voluntary sexual relations besides those with your spouse, she is automatically stoned to death. The abuse of women’s rights in Iran is not only an adverse result, but the anticipated result of a state policy, which gives women fewer rights than men. This allows women to face discrimination in all walks of life, and which allows men the authority to exercise their power without any fear of being held accountable for their actions. Although the Hadith states that women are “morally defective”, it must ignore the fact that the vast individuals jailed for murder, rape, child abuse, etc.
are men. The problem is that the laws have been derived from the words of men and not the words of God in which were intended. The laws totally contradict the Quran and the whole Islamic religion. As stated in the Quran, ” As for those who lead a righteous life, MALE OR FEMALE, while believing, they enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice.”.