Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Importance of Women

Position of Women under Different Religons:

Isn’t it Surprising that after all our Civilization, how we still exploit women under the name of relgion, for instance sati, honor killing, genital mutilation, forced marriages & other forms of Abuse. I’m putting position of women as stated by different religions:

Hindus:

Sati: When a women’s husband dies, she also has to sacrifice her life and also be burnt along with her husband in the funeral pyre.

Christians:

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands." (Ephesians 5:22-24).

Jews:

The Old Testament puts the monetary value of a woman’s life at one-half to two-thirds that of a man’s (Leviticus 27).

God suggests in his tenth commandment that the woman next door is your neighbor’s material possession which, along with his house, slaves and oxen, must not be coveted (Exodus 20:17);

Muslims:

The Koran elaborates: it requires the testimony of two women to offset that of one man (2:282)

The Koran recommends that disobedient wives be whipped (4:34).

According to major religions, women have been placed on earth to service men, to bear their children, to the keep their homes in order, and above all to not betray them by becoming the object of another man’s sexual enjoyment. Women tend to be exploited because of cultural, historical and religous reasons.

In many societies, women are exploited, not educated and are basically used as a human reproductive, vacuum cleaner –washing machine which tends to affect the health of women as they not only have to also work in the field, but also go fetch water, firewood and look after the kids. If basic hygienic principles are not known by the ladies, it also tends to affect the hygiene of not only the children but also of the whole family as improper sanitation and nutrition can lead to diarrhea, malaria and other disease.

Another very important issue is the inequal sex ratio – in many part of India, it’s felt that unless they have a male heir, their line stops or they’re not going to be taken care of, also the high dowry price that has to be given for daughters is another major concern of many parents, hence, the preference of male children and the abortion of many female babies.

Suppressing women can result in societal imbalance as there may be not enough females which may result in increase in prostitution which in turn could result in an increase in AIDS virus, thus making many members of the society unproductive, with high medicine cost. Uneducated women can also lead to unplanned child birth, population explosion, more poverty, bad health condition which could further decrease the standard of living of people.

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