Mr. Nelson Mandela – died 95 years WISE –
Mr. Nelson Mandela – died 95 years WISE –
Mr. Nelson Mandela – died 95 years WISE –
Mr. Nelson Mandela – died 95 years WISE –
Vote for what a person stands for
Vote for what a person believes in
Vote for a person who shares the same values as you
Vote for a person who shares the same similarities as you
Vote for a person who shares stances that you also take
DO NOT re elect someone for SILLY reasons
DO NOT re elect someone who still promises things from before
DO NOT re elect someone who does not share ALL legislation he or she is passing
The human rights of women throughout the Middle East and North Africa are systematically denied by each of the countries in the region, despite the diversity of their political systems. Many governments routinely suppress civil society by restricting freedom of the press, expression, and assembly. These restrictions adversely affect both men and women; however, women are subject to a host of additional gender-specific human rights violations. For example, family, penal, and citizenship laws throughout the region relegate women to a subordinate status compared to their male counterparts. This legal discrimination undermines women’s full personhood and equal participation in society and puts women at an increased risk for violence.
Family matters in countries as diverse as Iran, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia are governed by religion-based personal status codes. Many of these laws treat women essentially as legal minors under the eternal guardianship of their male family members. Family decision-making is thought to be the exclusive domain of men, who enjoy by default the legal status of “head of household.” These notions are supported by family courts in the region that often reinforce the primacy of male decision-making power.
Here are ten of the most extreme examples of gender inequality you can find currently practiced, often state-sanctioned, in the world today.
In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to drive, or even ride bikes, and men aren’t allowed to drive women they’re not closely related to. The kingdom is currently dealing with the dilemma of how to get 367,000 girls to school on buses that can only be driven by men. The logical question at this point is this: If no men are allowed to come in contact with schoolgirls, and women aren’t allowed to drive, who will be driving the school buses? The Ministry of Education is currently recruiting “Al-Ameen” or trustworthy men for this initiative. It may be hard for some to take this term seriously considering the way Saudi Arabia’s religious police infamously broke the trust of 15 girls’ parents in 2002 when a girls’ school was on fire. The police forbade them from leaving the building, and in some cases beat them to keep them from leaving, because the girls’ heads weren’t properly veiled. The girls all died in the fire. One has to wonder how the Ministry of Education plans to handle school-bus breakdowns near similarly inclined men.
In 2001 a militant group called Lashkar-e-Jabar demanded that Muslim women in Kashmir wear burqas, head to toe garments that cover their clothes, or risk being attacked. Men threw acid in the faces of two women for not covering up in public. The group also demanded that Hindu and Sikh women dress so as to identify themselves: they said that Hindu women should wear a bindi (the traditional colored dot) on their foreheads, and Sikh women should cover their heads with saffron-colored cloth.
In many countries, while husbands can divorce their spouses easily (often instantaneously through oral repudiation), wives’ access to divorce is often extremely limited, and they frequently confront near insurmountable legal and financial obstacles. In Lebanon, battered women cannot file for divorce on the basis of abuse without the testimony of an eyewitness. A medical certificate from a doctor documenting physical abuse is simply not good enough. Although women in Egypt can now legally initiate a divorce without cause, they must agree not only to renounce all rights to the couple’s finances, but must also repay their dowries. Essentially, they have to buy their freedom. In Israel, a man must grant his wife a get, a Jewish divorce writ that can only be given by a man to his wife – never the other way around.
In many areas of Afghanistan, girls are often taken out of school when they hit puberty. Cultural factors related to the ‘correctness’ of sending girls to school, reluctance to send girls and boys to the same school after third grade, as well as the perceived and real security threats related to girls walking to school and attending classes all contribute to slowing down the enrollment of girls in schools. Likewise, the enormous lack of female teachers, who are fundamental in a country where girls cannot be taught by a man after a certain age, is having a negative impact on girls’ education. While progress has been made since the fall of the Taliban, women are still struggling to see their rights fulfilled. Literacy rates among young Afghan women are disturbingly low: only 18 per cent of women between 15 and 24 can read. While the total number of children enrolled in primary schools is increasing tremendously, the percentage of female students is not.
Husbands in Egypt and Bahrain can file an official complaint at the airport to forbid their wives from leaving the country for any reason. In Syria, a husband can prevent his wife from leaving the country. In Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Morocco, Oman and Yemen, married women must have their husband’s written permission to travel abroad, and they may be prevented from doing so for any reason. In Saudi Arabia, women must obtain written permission from their closest male relative to leave the country or travel on public transportation between different parts of the kingdom.
Women’s unequal legal rights increase their vulnerability to violence. In many countries in the region, no specific laws or provisions exist to penalize domestic violence, even though domestic violence is a widespread problem. Domestic violence is generally considered to be a private matter outside the state’s jurisdiction. Battered women are told to go home if they attempt to file a complaint with the police. Few shelters exist to protect women who fear for their lives. Spousal rape has not been criminalized; husbands have an absolute right to their wives’ bodies at all times. Penal codes in several countries in the region also contain provisions that authorize the police and judges to drop charges against a rapist if he agrees to marry his victim. All I can think about is SUDAN!!!
In Bahrain, where family law is not codified, judges have complete power to deny women custody of their children for the most arbitrary reasons. Bahraini women who have been courageous enough to expose and challenge these violations in 2003 were sued for slander by eleven family court judges.
Most countries in the region-with the exception of Iran, Tunisia, Israel, and to a limited extent Egypt-have permitted only fathers to pass citizenship on to their children. Women married to non-nationals are denied this fundamental right.
Many countries criminalize adult, consensual sex outside of marriage. In Morocco, women are much more likely to be charged with having violated penal code prohibitions on sexual relations outside of marriage than men. Unmarried pregnant women are particularly at risk of prosecution. The Moroccan penal code also considers the rape of a virgin as an aggravating circumstance of assault. The message is clear: the degree of punishment of the perpetrator is determined by the sexual experience of the victim.
China’s one child policy has heightened the disdain for female infants; abortion, neglect, abandonment, and infanticide have been known to occur to female infants. The result of such family planning has been the disparate ratio of 114 males for every 100 females among babies from birth through children four years of age. Normally, 105 males are naturally born for every 100 females.
Similarly, the number of girls born and surviving in India is significantly less compared with the number of boys, due to the disproportionate numbers of female fetuses being aborted and baby girls deliberately neglected and left to die. The normal ratio of births should be 950 girls for every 1000 boys, however in some regions the number is as low as 300.
You cant be the best when their will ALWAYS be someone who has more…can do more… etc!
To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself.
However, it is possible for you to be the best at being yourself because no one can beat you at being you!
I believe that I was lucky / blessed to have suffered. Some people don’t realize that in suffering there is great potential, because if you are deprived for any reason.. politically, financially, socially or otherwise.. and if you set your mind in the right direction, you will find that the only way to survive is for you to excel, by being better so you can be treated better.
Always to try to keep in mind that ……. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there and that is BEING THE BEST…
Bible Usage can be habit forming!
Regular reading of the bible can cause THE FOLLOWING…..
loss of anxiety and fear
decreases appetite for Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Anger, Envy, Lust etc…etc.
SYMPTOMS WILL INCLUDE:
Increased sensation of Love, Joy, Compassion and CONTENTMENT
PLEASE! If these symptoms persist and or others come about that was not listed just simply PRAISE THE LORD!
Monkey See, Monkey Do…. Simon Says … etc. I wonder what has transpired to the willingness for people to desire to strive for greatness? The slump of the African American Communty (ies) is just soo heart wrenching at times, that it brings about a pain for my people that I sometimes NO LONGER want to feel.
This is all I want to know……
Do you think that Martin Luther King Jr. has asked the Lord if he could leave Heaven
being escorted by one of the angles.. at least just for a minute… I mean seriously!
Gabriel or Michael so that he could ask the African American Communities if he DIED FOR NOTHING..
Good question dont ya think? He just wasnt for black rights… but for civil rights.. HUMAN
rights.. but of course being an African American himself..he wanted the best for his people..
Nonetheless…..because as a people.. yes A PEOPLE.. we have not totally taken the open doors that he ignited for HIS people as well as others.. Hmm.. maybe some of our communities ( these young kids as well..
no respect.. in any form or fashion ) need to have the luxury of getting sprayed by forceful water gushing hoses and being chased and bitten by dogs to fully understand what he was trying to accomplish…. It is a suggestion that is all. Understand my frustration yet? It is not rocket science to obtain information about the Civil Rights Movement and then figure out what is done >>next.
Problem is that the ACTION – WORD called >>> Unity has almost been depleted from the vocabulary of African Americans to the point that the actions that are put on display shows you that every single day. Morning, Noon and Night, we as a people NEVER let the media down by showing what “we are indeed capable of”……
What about what Malcom X did for the African American Comminty (ies) as well? The religion that he chose to follow was Islam and I feel because of that, the black community (ies) seem to hold that against him when it comes to the part that he “played and participated in” via the black community.
The same kids that are getting shot and killed, bullied, verbally abused etc. kids do not think about the long term affects that their actions have. They take a life and think that it is cool and will make them popular. They rob and steal and brag about it like they just scored a “A” on their Alegebra Test in school. They bully kids like they are the Osama Bin Laden, but where is Osama now??? >>>> buried 6 feet under, burned up to never be seen but more so “dealt with again”…..
Is it me? Or does it seem as more women appreciate the marches and the strikes etc? I mean where IN THE WORLD are all of our male role models for these black young boys and teenagers? They are dying so fast it is like an epidemic and feels as if there is a disease that has been let loose in the atmoshpere and it has now reached its “airborn state” that it is indeed infectious…. I am just venting of course but also through my venting, the truth is surely being spewed from my lips.
The fathers that leave, run and abandon their children are also growing in record numbers and if there were stiffer penalties for this, men would either be more careful of who they have sex with and have children with. Or it will surely cause them to think twice about not having protected sex. Make it into legislation about a few other things and that will erradicate several issues.
What about Medger Edgars? Did he die in vain for the generations of the 1990’s to present? Huh?
I wonder very often if the anointed, tenacious and tactful Civil Rights Leaders from our past was able to see how the world would be in the next 20 to 40 years, ” WOULD THEY STILL” have gone through everything that they for OUR PEOPLE? I feel that they would have still spoken up but not risked their lives for people who would only appreciate it for “the now”…….
I am beyond embarrassed, hurtful is a more concrete feeling that I constantly feel seeing the people of my color, my skin, my ethnic group, my sisters, my brothers, my family, my children CHOOSE to be a statistic without any current regets…
That right there for me is enough to make a blind man not even want to see! My heart is just grieved and prayer, faith as well as action will make the change but it indeed truly takes a village to not only raise a child but it takes a few villages now to raise 1 kid that has gone astray in this day in age. Nonetheless, it is now 2011, and for every “village it takes”… there are at least 10 kids from that very same village that are acting in disarray so a great deal of help is neede. Help Lord, Please…
It is not fair to allow people to feel that A DEATH was in vein… God knows all of the answers of course but I am venting from the aspect of being an African American Woman, a mother to a black son, raised by a black father from the south who experienced racisim his whole life and has been chased and threathend by several white men……he made his voice heard when it was time….. i was nurtured by a beautiful black women who also was raised in the south via the era of racism and was there to witness the Atlanta as well as the Alabama Church burnings….
My father pushed, and pushed until I understood the importance of education by making me read books on presients, political events, federal budgets, understand the stock market, and a whole slew of other things that has made me into the woman that I am today. He self taught himself all of that and he only had a middle school education due to the South being so bad when he was growing up as a boy he had to leave because he couldnt take it anymore and that is what brought him up North.
So as his daughter and the things that he had to go through along with a great deal of other African American families it hurts me to my very soul to see THE STATE OF black males today. Sadly to say, a great deal of the African American little girls, tweens, teens and a few women make me EQUALLY sad…. People when does it stop? If you need counseling, lets get it, if you need this…. if you need that…. let us as a people get it please!
I am soo over hearing, watching, experiencing the death and downfall of that black males in American Society… People are hurting and may dont know how to get out of their mass hysteria and I do “”” GET THAT “”” …………….. however, can you at least meet us half way?
Even if you dont like what you see when you look outside your window… brown grass or green grass… a picket fence or barbed wire… find that place in God because only He can take you higher….
Regardless if you grew up in the projects, on the porch or in the palace……E–V-E-R-Y-O-N-E has a dream!
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