I guess last month’s Olympics make me still have medals on my mind…as well as reflecting again how Saudi Arabia chose not to have any women on its team. Therefore these combined topics got me to thinking, when it comes to the world’s nations and treatment of women, who would get the Gold Medal for giving the most rights, recognition and best treatment of women? Or perhaps to make it easier for commenting, how about instead we informally rank nations in the opposite manner. Who would get the Gold Medal on the basis for least women rights and worst treatment of women?
Let’s begin with facts. Of course I will cite facts of Saudi Arabia since that is where I am. Women cannot drive. Women cannot vote. Women must have a mahrem (male guardian) to represent them. The culture (and muttawa) expect women to cover. Women cannot participate in the Olympics. Hmmm….sounds like Saudi Arabia may have an excellent chance then for the Gold Medal on least rights and worst treatment of women.
When I compare against conservative Afghanistan, women can vote, Afghan women were on the Olympic team,..hmmm…not sure on the driving or mahrem. Yes; the Afghan culture (and Taliban) expect women to cover. So maybe Afghanistan would get silver or bronze?
So Kuwait? Women can drive. Not sure on the voting. Women must have a mahrem. Kuwaiti women are expected to cover but you do see some who do not. Women can participate in the Olympics.
How about some other comparisons and views here? And in closing, another question here… while I cite Saudi Arabia as examples of lack of rights women do not have, which ones are really important in the overall scheme of things and for the ultimate betterment of women?