Monday, October 18, 2010

Women's News October 18, 2010

It's been a while, but I am trying to keep up with women's news in the Middle East too.  Most of it is bad.

The Federal Supreme Court in the UAE says that a man can discipline (beat) his wife and children, as long as he doesn't leave any marks on them.  Yay?  I've seen in movies that beating someone with a sack of oranges doesn't leave any marks.  I wonder what else husbands can come up with so that no marks are left on their wives?

As part of a course in Yemen, women were surveyed about their working rights.  Most of them did not know their rights, and most of them reported discrimination.  But they were usually unable to fight against the discrimination, for fear of losing their jobs.  This really is not surprising.  Yemen is a fairly conservative country, and even in the United States women still run into these problems.  For a long time, in the United States, women who work were seen as being the 2nd income, therefore they did not need to make as much money as men, because they had a husband who worked.

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