Saturday, March 27, 2010
what do we know: circumstances affecting Muslim Girls and Women
This part of my blog will talk about the issues Muslim Girls and Women face in many Islamic Cultures. I will list bullet points defining each.
*Child Brides: Minors married off to older men.
*Forced Marriages: This can be sometimes called "arranged marriage." It is sometimes difficult to see the difference between these two. It usually depends on how much pressure was put on the girl to get married. Resistance to this sort of marriage very often lead to severe beatings and the punishment can go as fas as to lead to an "honor" killing.
*Concept of Guardianship: This is the idea that a woman must always have a male guardian from whom she needs permission for all her activities to leave the house to seeking permission to sign contracts, accept jobs, etc.
*House Arrest: Girls and women who are seen to be too liberal or westernized are forbidden to go out of the house without a male escort: resistance to this often leads to punishment and, in the worst cases, to an "honor" killing.
*Female Genital Mutilation: This practice is often inflicted upon girls between the ages of 4 and 14. This practices is not in anyway related to Islamic scripture or law. It is ensure virginity until the girl's wedding day. Such circumcision became illegal in the United States in 1996.
*Honor Beatings: Beating of a girl or woman for refusing to comply with family code of honor and engaging behavior deemed by family to be shameful.
*Honor Killings: Beating ending in murder. Honor are often carried out with knowledge and help of family members and relatives.