The Fight for Equal Rights Is Not Over

May 18, 2010 | NeW Staff

Yesterday the beginning of progress was made. In Saudi Arabia, a woman was approached by a “religious police officer” because she was walking with an unmarried man. Click here for the full story.

The young lady of 20 years old punched the officer as a way to oppose the theocratic law that states unmarried people of the opposite sex cannot be in public together, no matter how innocent the setting.

The woman could face lashings and prison as punishment, but a Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist, Wajiha Al-Huwaidar says:

“To see resistance from a woman means a lot… People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”

Although I do not condone the fact that the woman used violence, often progress in history begins with violence due to the building tensions and opposition to certain practices – this practice being the oppression of women under the guise of the Muslim religion and law.

In America, women take talking with the opposite sex for granted. We are integrated with men and furthermore taught to believe that we can achieve just as much as men can, but at the same time, some Middle Eastern countries under theocratic rule do not even let women drive. There is a serious disconnect.

Thus, this is the first step to achieving societal equality. I hope that this turning point in regards to women’s rights will eventually lead to young girls in the Middle East believing they can achieve just as much as men.

It all starts with standing up to the unjust law and beginning to break out of isolation to fight for equality like women in America fought for over 100 years ago.

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