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Monday, March 13, 2006

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ukthinker

Mermaid Girl, very good observation on the percieved rights of women in the Middle East versus other regions of the world such as South America. One could argue womens rights in the Middle East are higher on the activists agenda due to the regions strategic economic importance (oil reserves and the political importance of the region) as well as the enormous media coverage sorrounding the region.

Furthermore, one could argue religion in some parts of the world, in some instances, serves as an agent of social control for certain groups of the population like women - which is driving people to consider other beliefs. However the issue of women equality relates to more substantial factors such as representation in decision-making structures, equal access to education and access to reproductive healthcare.

A study carried by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which covered all 30 industrialised countries in the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), plus 28 emerging market countries, shows Latin America has its share of poor performers, with Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico all in the worst 10.

49: Venezuela
50: Greece
51: Brazil
52: Mexico
53: India
54: South Korea
55: Jordan
56: Pakistan
57: Turkey
58: Egypt

The complete results of the study can be found on the following URL listed below:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/16_05_05_gender_gap.pdf

Mermaid Girl

What I find funny is how activists in the US and parts of Europe complain about how women's rights are virtually non-existant in the Middle East, however the same archaic laws (banning abortion even in extreme circumstances, etc) are present in many countries in South America. However the most ironic thing of all is in, for an instance Mexico, the number of Catholics is descreasing.

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