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Issues affecting women around the World

Updated on February 21, 2017
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Issues affecting women around the World

Women are constantly fed with the messages which suggest being slim and young is the key to both beauty and success. This is why it is so natural that feminists talk about body image so much. Often unrealistic expectations are placed on women and yet we talk about skinny shaming, fat shaming and everything else that lies in between. Women health reports show one in every 250 women suffer from eating disorders; still, the discussions about body image seem incontestably important.

Sadly, this is not the only challenge that women face, there are many other issues that rarely get any media coverage. Here is the list of issues women face and deserve equal focus.

Domestic violence

Data shows one in four women experience domestic violence over their lifetimes. As per the new research conducted, women who suffer from domestic violence on an average get stuck to this situation for over three years before seeking the help they need.

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Trafficking

Everyone knows men, women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across the borders every year. Millions of adults and children are bought and sold for forced and bonded labor and sexual exploitation of women and children (98% of total trafficking) has become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

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Sex-selective abortion

Sex-selective abortion is illegal, but it does not change the fact that female fetuses are aborted around the world on the grounds that a male child is considered preferable to a girl.

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Maternal Health

WHO (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/) estimates around 830 women die each day because of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths take place in developing countries.

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Catcalling

The idea, women should appreciate catcalling is totally weird because it means that it is done with respect. It suggests, if a guy sees a girl, and shouts at her about her body or looks; he is doing this because it will make her day! But this is not what is happening. This is disrespectful, women complain about it but it keeps happening. If it meant respectful, it would have stopped as soon women started talking how it made them feel uncomfortable.

Stalking and harassment

Stalking and harassment are one of the most common types of abuse that women face. And, this number is growing each year because of social media which has made stalking possible with a single button.

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Rape conviction rate

Millions of women are raped every year but the conviction rate for this crime is very low. Until something is done to eradicate the culture of victim blaming this rate is unlikely to change.

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Gender Pay Gap:

Lack of equality is a recurring issue when it comes to unequal access to schooling for girls in developing nations or unequal pay at work. We live in a world where 95% of countries are lead by the male heads, which makes it clear that we have a long way to go before women are given a fair shake.

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      SBHK 7 months ago from India

      Coffeequeeen yes, it is sad that women are still treated like this. Hope this changes soon and we have a better tomorrow.

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      SBHK 7 months ago from India

      Thank you for this insightful comment dashingscorpio, I pray things will change soon.

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      Louise Powles 7 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It's sad that in this day and age women are still treated like this. I hope someday soon the world will change for the better.

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      dashingscorpio 7 months ago

      It's unfortunate these problems still exist around the globe.

      Unfortunately however it will up to each nation's own society or population to eradicate these problems. First comes the evolution from within before the revolution. Having said that many nations are mired in religious beliefs which inherently discriminate against women and do not see them as equal to men.

      Even within the U.S. these issues continue and it's one of the most progressive equal opportunity loving nations in the world!

      Historically in the U.S. change only came after protests, marching in the streets, civil disobedience, and putting pressure on government officials.

      However it's also important to realize every case has its own merits or lack thereof. In the U.S. supposedly there is the presumption of innocence until (proven guilty) and there is due process as well.

      For example if a woman accuses a man of rape the burden of proof in the U.S. is always on the prosecution side of the table just as it is with all other crimes. The defense is entitled to (examine the credibility) of the accuser. Some people (feel) this process trashes the victim and yet there have been incidences of proven {false accusations}.

      Back in 2006 for example Crystal Gail Mangum a stripper, dancer and escort, falsely accused three members of Duke University's lacrosse team – of raping her. The guys were expelled from college and branded as rapists before the trial even began. The publicity was national. Her story fail apart when DNA tests came back along with her accusing a guy who was not even at the party and had proof of him standing in front of a bank ATM at the time.

      Just recently Rolling Stone Magazine caught heat for publishing a gang rape story which also led to Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at UVA getting suspended.

      Jackie—the false accuser at the center of Rolling Stone’s gang rape hoax—grew out of her efforts to catfish Ryan Duffin, a boy she had a crush on.

      While the vast majority of rapes are not likely to be "fake" stories like these are bound to keep the legal system from automatically assuming the victim is being honest and will continue presume the accused is innocent until proven otherwise in court. Although in all honesty just being a "person of interest" in the news is enough for most people to assume he or she "did it".

      As for equal pay the biggest challenge is going to be proving other factors did not exist at the time of hiring such as one person was hired during a booming economy and another was hired during a major recession; most likely the pay being offered will vary greatly. Other things such as past experience and the college one received their degree from along with their major can also be a factor.

      Last but not least is whether or not a candidate chose to push for a higher salary than that which was being offered. A lot of women are not comfortable with demanding more money for their services. Some even hate buying cars in the U.S. where one is expected negotiate for a better deal. They simply take whatever is being offered.

      The goal of the HR representative and the car salesman is to do their best save their employer money. It's up to the candidate and buyer to look out for their best interest. That's not likely to change.

      However there are signs of progress (General Motors, IBM, Xerox, Oracle Software, Pepsi Cola, General Dynamics, and Hewett Packard) are just a few Fortune 500 companies with (women) CEOs running them.

      Women are also getting more leadership role in governments around the globe as well. Slowly but surly things will change especially in countries who are not ruled by religious dogma.