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Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia: A Proposal to the UN Madison Forker 10th Grade 5/21/10
Global Issue <ul><li>Family Laws </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marrying Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polygamy </li></ul></ul><ul...
Saudi Arabia <ul><li>“ All people want to be free.”  </li></ul><ul><li>- Saudi Arabian Woman </li></ul>
Family Laws <ul><li>No Legal Marrying Age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women often have no say in marital arrangements </li></ul>...
Abuse <ul><li>Domestic violence common </li></ul><ul><li>No laws to protect women </li></ul><ul><li>Unreported Violence  <...
Civil Liberties <ul><li>Very few rights </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday life affected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></...
What’s Already Been Done <ul><li>Unfortunately, not much </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No ability to make change </li></ul></ul><u...
Why Should we Help? <ul><li>Universal Declaration of Human Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article 16:  (2) Marriage shall be...
How to Solve The Problem: <ul><li>Target Young Saudi Arabian Boys </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future abus...
What to Do <ul><li>School Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-Hour Seminars/Assemblies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consisten...
In Conclusion… <ul><li>This action is just a drop in the bucket </li></ul><ul><li>If successful, could cause major reform ...
References (General): <ul><li>http: //genderindex . org/country/saudi-arabia </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. worldpress .org...
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Saudi Arabian Gender Equality

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For my Modern World History class, we did a project focusing on the challenges that today's global community faces. We were told to each pick a challenge, and an area in which to focus. Then we had to attack the problem head on, proposing a hypothetical solution to the issue (ideally one that was feasible). I chose to focus on Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia, proposing a school program that would create discussion amongst Saudi Arabian boys age 9-13 on Women's abuse and treatment within their country. While not an immediately doable fix, this is definitely food for thought.

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Saudi Arabian Gender Equality

  1. 1. Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia: A Proposal to the UN Madison Forker 10th Grade 5/21/10
  2. 2. Global Issue <ul><li>Family Laws </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marrying Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polygamy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abuse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civil Liberties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Saudi Arabia <ul><li>“ All people want to be free.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Saudi Arabian Woman </li></ul>
  4. 4. Family Laws <ul><li>No Legal Marrying Age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women often have no say in marital arrangements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Polygamy Allowed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Islam permits up to 4 wives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custody of Children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belong to father </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Abuse <ul><li>Domestic violence common </li></ul><ul><li>No laws to protect women </li></ul><ul><li>Unreported Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Honor Crimes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Shaming” Family </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Civil Liberties <ul><li>Very few rights </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday life affected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chaperoned </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hotels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not allowed to drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Living Arrangements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be covered head-to-toe </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What’s Already Been Done <ul><li>Unfortunately, not much </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No ability to make change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stuck </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Women standing up for themselves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing to go uncovered  harassed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of resources </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Why Should we Help? <ul><li>Universal Declaration of Human Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article 16: (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Article 17: (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Article 27: (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is Saudi Arabia in all of this? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Setting an example </li></ul>
  9. 9. How to Solve The Problem: <ul><li>Target Young Saudi Arabian Boys </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future abusers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More vulnerable to new ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not as set in their opinions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will have power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to actually make a change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Forced” attendance through school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence First </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easiest change, biggest </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What to Do <ul><li>School Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-Hour Seminars/Assemblies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent Schedules throughout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded by the UN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show of consequence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual understanding of a need for change </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. In Conclusion… <ul><li>This action is just a drop in the bucket </li></ul><ul><li>If successful, could cause major reform </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes towards the overall welfare of women around the world </li></ul><ul><li>“ One person can make a difference and every person should try.” - John F. Kennedy </li></ul>
  12. 12. References (General): <ul><li>http: //genderindex . org/country/saudi-arabia </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. worldpress .org/Europe/1730 . cfm </li></ul><ul><li>http: //trendsupdates .com/women-in-saudi-arabia-the-fight-for-the-right-to-purchase-lingerie/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.un. org/en/documents/udhr/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. cbsnews .com/stories/2005/03/23/60minutes/main682565_page2. shtml ? tag=contentMain ; co ntentBody </li></ul><ul><li>http: //thinkexist .com/quotation/one_person_can_make_a_difference_and_every_person/151729.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.un. org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/drip .html </li></ul>

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