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next time someone tells you Muslim countries oppress women, let them know Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights
All right, I’ve been seeing similar posts like these where they talk about the oppression in Muslim countries and most can be very misleading.
Before I dive into this, I’d like to say that I have nothing against Islam as a whole nor am I attacking this person, and I am in no way trying to represent women in Muslim countries. (I’m from Qatar by the way, so if my English is a tad wonky, I’m sorry!)
Okay, here goes, it’s true that some Muslim countries are getting better the last few years, women have easier access to education, transport and the work environment has improved a lot, especially in the Arabian peninsula! Qatar and United Arab Emirates is considered the most developed and liberal when it comes to women’s rights and education, hell here in Qatar Shiekha Mozah (I added a link to her wikipedia page) has been actively involved in the Qatari Government and she’s also the chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and various others which improved the education drastically, and introduced many more options to women here in Qatar, allowing them to find jobs much easier in the future. She has done so much for women in the Arabian peninsula as a whole, and showing the world that women here aren’t always defenseless as many believe. However..
It doesn’t mean, just because of that, the oppression against women is non extent, if anything, it got worse in the more “liberal” Muslim countries because it’s subtle now. Women here still face great danger in and out of their homes, from verbal abuse to physical and sexual, many of the abusers are very closely related to the victim, a lot are even their husbands, because almost all the marriages that occur here are arranged marriages, the woman will most likely not know a thing about her future husband and is usually forced into getting married to him exposing her to a lot of potential abuse and stress, what’s worse is that marriages between closely related cousins also occurs, if anything, it’s encouraged. Keep in mind that all the abuse that I mentioned now is what mostly happens “indoors” making the outdoors and even more dangerous place here.
Women also do not receive the same payment as men, it’s usually halved because men are seen as the “family caretakers” and have “more responsibility” so it’s only “fair” if men get the better deal. Seems legit. Also when it comes to inheritance (this only applies to Muslim families), women in most cases do not get the same amount as men in inheritance, for example, a father that bears three children, 2 women and 1 man, dies one day he’ll inherit 1/4 of his property to each of his 2 daughters but his son will inherit 1/2. I hope I’m not confusing anyone!
Each Muslim country may differ though, some have it worse, some don’t. In Saudi Arabia however, women are not allowed to drive, participate sports events such as the Olympics, Saudi women constitute only 17% workforce, their children legally belongs to their father and much more. Most of these laws have been passed due to Sharia law (added a wikipedia page) If you’d like to know more about women’s right in Saudi Arabia, here’s their wikipedia page as well.
I have only covered the general information here, now I would like to talk about my personal experience as a female, queer and a muslim apostate (someone who left islam) that lives under Islamic laws.
I was born into a muslim sunni family, my family don’t know that I’m queer and that I left islam, they would be devastated and would have no choice but to either
1. Report me to the authorities because being an apostate AND queer is a major capital offense punished by execution. Yes, in most Muslim countries, apostasy is punished by death , same goes for being queer. (added wikipedia pages)
2. Or try to cover it up and force me to get married instantly, in order to discipline me and convince me to “stop being queer’ and revert back to islam. (yes, that stuff happens.)
I have been exposed to so much abuse in my life, and I still do, it’s scary to live in a society which doesn’t view you equal to men AND a menace just because I’m an atheist and queer, by the law, I have to cover up my face and body, and if the law doesn’t force me, my family will by punishing me if i show any bit of SKIN. I have no choice in that matter, I can’t speak up or I’ll jeopardize my safety and face terrifying consequences and be seen as an outcast even by my family.
My sisters are forcefully getting married next month, it’s always very painful to walk into their room and watch them cry their eyes out, in fear of what’s to come, they hope that AT THE VERY LEAST these men they’re getting married to will not abuse them, I don’t know how I’ll stomach the wedding. What scares me even more is, I’m next in line, next year or later my dad will tell me that I’m due to get married to one of my cousins who I probably don’t even know and that I have no saying in it.
Two of my older sisters forcefully got married few years back, one cannot procreate anymore due to constant abuse and rape and is hiding in her shell, she is seen as useless now in my family because here, women’s main purpose is to have kids, my other sister has too many kids and her body is wearing out, she is struggling with clinical depression everyday and her mental state is ever unstable.
Women in Muslim countries still face a tremendous amount of oppression, your luck is most likely rotten if you happen to be queer, Trans* or an apostate.
I know OP’s intention are not to make it seem that women don’t face oppression here, but tumblr has glorified many foreign cultures and religions, that they don’t see the struggles women go through anymore, it’s a huge step forward for us to be involved in the government I agree, but that doesn’t eliminate the oppression women go through here, I don’t think religion is inherently bad, BUT on an institutional level, religion can cause so much trouble even to those who are in the religion itself. The society here is constructed so that males have the upper hand in most cases, some are subtle about it like in Qatar or UAE, some are very vocal about it like in Saudi Arabia. I just want people to know that they should research these matters and not think just because of ONE GOOD THING happening, it doesn’t eliminate all the years of on going oppression women face in Muslim countries.
I’m sorry for any typos or wonky english, also the wall of text, I usually stay quiet and scroll past such posts but I felt like I should speak up, also if any of the things I said are wrong, please tell me (and correct me, don’t just send nasty asks) also if you have read all of this and reblogged it, thank you so much! It means a lot to me. That’s all.