Do women have equal rights in your country?
January 28, 2007 3:07am CST
I am taking a women's studies course and I am learning a lot of things. I am interseted in learning about women all over the world and hearing their struggles. WHat rights do women have in your countries? I have heard some disturbing things and would like to hear first hand from people. Any stories of struggles?
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28 Jan 07
I know in India women do not have equal right. There is lot of difference in the behaviour of society towards men and women. But right now I am staying in Israel, and here men and women are treated equally, infact women have some extra rights than men and sometimes women are misusing these extra rights. But overall we can say that in Israel men and women are equal.
30 Jan 07
some women file false cases of harassement on men, because they know first prefence will be given to ladies, mostly the statement of women is given more importance and what men has to say is not even heard properly by them. Here when a child goes to school, mother's name is asked, fathers name has no importnace in this country. Women can have children without getting married, it is acceptable here. Have a nice day.
30 Jan 07
I come from Australia and there are very strong equal opportunity laws in place here. I think Australian women were given the right to vote in the early 1900's and they were allowed to drink in public bars in the 1940's or 1950's. I don't think anyone here would tolerate any sort of discrimination.
16 Feb 07
In Australia under the law women have equal rights in all aspects of their daily lives. We have legislation on Affirmative Action which means that so many women have to be employed if there are more than a certain number of employees. It also takes in race and culture as well, but is primarily about women getting jobs. I personally do not agree with this, because it does mean that an employer could be forced to employ a woman just because of here gender. There is no consideration given as to whether or not she is capable of performing the work and as a female I find that offensive. The other thing is that when the law was introduced it only said that women had to be given jobs in all levels of employment, but it was primarily for women getting jobs at management level. I do know of one instance where a woman was employed for a certain job, and the employer fulfilled the requirements of the law. They have her a nice office, settled her down with a whole pile of books on the company and its operations to read. A fortnight later they send her off to visit all their plants throughout Australia, instructing her to spend at least a week in each place, talking to the employees etc. Then after 6 months she returned to the office for a couple of weeks and they told her to write a report on what she had found. So she did this, and then they sent her off again to see if anything had changed since her previous visit. After about 15 months she wrote a final report on her visits etc, then continued doing all sorts of things. Well another 6 months had passed and she asked to see the CEO about for a talk. In a nutshell she had the meeting with all the senior Managers and asked what they were going to do about her report. She was informed that the law said they had to employ her but not that they had to do what she said. She left the Company and it took them months to replace her of course. Moral of the story, if you are going to legislate to force employers to employ someone, then make sure that you cover all bases. To force an employer to hire someone based solely on their gender will not work. :) No, it was not me but I do know the person it was. She had a fantastic job with all the perks of an excellent salary, company car, best motels, travel around the country and they even arranged for her to be at certain places when special events were happening. But it was all for nothing, because of the wording of the legislation.
4 Feb 07
In my country, i think there is no discrimination between women and men, since in the 1965, when the government make a constitution about women rights. Before that, there are many discrimination between men and women, such as women can't become a leader of organization and many women act is limited. Now, women can do whatever they can do. My ex president is a woman too, so it showed that there is no discrimination between man and woman in my country.
• United States
4 Feb 07
To me females or Women are starting to have fairly the same rights as men. Because it's nothing a women cant do that a male or Man cant. Like Hillary Clinton is running for president. That's the highest power any women can do. If that's possible anything is. Know back in the day Women had no right. There main duties were raising kids and making sure food was ready when the husband got home. But Know women can do anything. Just like you. LOL
30 Jan 07
I live in Canada and women here have equal rights. Thank goodness! I cannot imagine living in a place where we are considered less valued then men. I realize this is part of their custom and for some the thought probably never crosses their minds, still I'm thankful to live in a country where people realize our worth.
28 Jan 07
Overall I think we have equal rights in this Canada. The only area I can think of is more non equal rights for men. The goverment does affermite hiring. So they like to hire women in certain sectors to try to bring the ratio up. But I think if a man is more gualified than the women, he deserves the job. One of the reasons I will never make it to managment.
28 Jan 07
In the Philippines, women and men are treated equal. Unlike in other cultures where women are sometimes treated as a second class citizen, in here there is no distinction. I guess we owe it largely to our culture being largely influenced by the Americans when they came here.