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For English, I have to right an essay on any topic we wish. I have chosen to do "The Treatment of Women in the Middle East". I need information like how they are punished for what reason, and how for example in Saudi Arabia, their government, men and their religion are against them. Any information ASAP will be appreciated. Thanking you in advance.



Dear Jacqueline,

The Middle East is such a vast region, it's impossible to generalize about their treatment of women. In general, however, women in the middle east have often been cut-off from participating in every day activities - like driving, going to school, divorcing, custody, participating in politics (for example, women in Kuwait can't vote), etc...

If you visit the site of Equality Now they have a listing of laws that need to be changed in various countries, including many in the Middle East. What remains to be changed gives you a good indication of what the current situation is. But it's also important to remember that there are likely to be many things that women in the Middle East have access to, that women in the US couldn't dream of having access to.

There is a tendency on the part of the US to point out what is wrong in other countries, without a close examination of what is wrong here. It's easier to see the disparities when it isn't in your community because you are likely to be numb to your community and not know what might be limiting you.

I hope that helps. Good luck with your essay.

- Amy


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