There are many women’s rights we need to fight for in this world. Women are disproportionately affected by many harmful issues in life, which is why, while all human rights must be fought for, there are some that must be focused on in terms of women so the issues can be effectively tackled. Thus, I have compiled a list of several women’s rights we need to fight for.
1. Getting Rid of Female Genital Mutilation
Of all the women’s rights we need to fight for, the eradication of female genital mutilation tops the list. Over 125 million women and girls that are alive today have experienced female genital mutilation. This painful experience leaves girls dead, bereft of dignity, akin to a more troublesome childbirth, as well as many other calamities. This practice has been around for thousands of years, usually to keep women from experiencing sexual pleasure and to allow men to have a greater sexual experience. This practice is cruel must be fought against to protect the well-being of women all over the world.
2. Eradicating Breast Ironing Practices
The practice of breast ironing involves painfully beating young girls’ breasts with hot objects to suppress breast growth. This is a common practice in several countries in an attempt to suppress girls’ sexuality.
3. Girls, Not Brides
Every year, 15 million girls are married off before the age of 18, and a large portion of these girls are married off to men that are many, many times their age. Many of these girls also describe their first sexual encounter as forced and die from childbirth as their immature bodies cannot bear the burden of pregnancy and labor. This is a tragedy that needs to be addressed and fought against.
4. Rape Prevention
Rape is a terrible crime. Sadly, the facts are: 99 percent of women who are raped are raped by men, and 85 percent of men who are raped are also raped by men. Obviously, not all men rape, but in order to effectively combat this horrid crime, we must focus on those who are most likely to offend.
5. Domestic Violence Awareness
Twenty-five percent of women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. This is a huge women’s issue that needs to be addressed all over the world, as it happens across all cultures.
6. Laws regarding Revenge Porn
Revenge porn has become an epidemic in our society as a way for people to get back at ex-lovers by posting naked pictures they have of them on the internet. As of now, there are no laws against revenge porn, so prosecution for those who upload these pictures is nearly out of the question.
7. Stopping Acid Attacks
Acid attacks overwhelmingly occur to women, mainly in patriarchal societies where a woman denies the advances of a man. Those who survive acid attacks suffer immense pain, both physically and emotionally, and are often looked at as the dregs of society after they are attacked. This violence needs to be addressed and stopped.
There are many women's rights that we need to fight for. What other rights do you think we need to address to help promote the equality of women in our society? How do you think we need to go about targeting these issues?