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UN urges freedoms for Arab women
BBC ^ | Thursday, 7 December 2006, 11:30 GMT | BBC Staff

Posted on 12/07/2006 9:36:28 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

UN urges freedoms for Arab women

A group of girls watch the 2006 Asian games in Qatar

More than half top-scoring pupils are girls, despite disadvantages

Discrimination against women is holding back economic and social development across the Arab World, a report by the UN's development agency says.

Arab women must be given greater access to education, employment, health care and public life, the report says.

The Arab Human Development Report is an annual overview compiled by Arab academics and experts in the field.

Islam is not to blame for the problem, the report says, but rather political inflexibility, male domination and war.

Disadvantaged

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the Unite Nations Development Programme's report, entitled Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World, reveals deep-seated discrimination against women across the region.

Maternal mortality rates remain unacceptably high and women suffer more overall ill-health than men.

Palestinian woman walks near Israeli wall in West Bank

The rise of women is in fact a prerequisite for an Arab renaissance

Arab Human Development Report 2005

Maternal mortality rates average 270 per 100,000 live births, but this rises to 1,000 in the Arab League's poorest countries.

In all but four Arab countries, fewer than 80% of girls go to secondary school.

Half of all women are illiterate compared to one-third of men.

But there are exceptions. In Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, more girls go to school than boys.

And across the region, girls appear to make up more than half the top-scoring pupils, despite the disadvantages they face.

"Arab countries stand to reap extraordinary benefits from giving men and women equal opportunities to acquire and utilise knowledge," the report says.

Masculine culture

In public life, though, women's involvement is very limited: they make up an average of only about 10% of members of parliament, for example - the lowest proportion in the world.

The Arab experts and academics writing this, the fourth, annual AHDR suggest that some Islamic law should be re-examined to reflect modern Arab societies.

The authors also challenge the belief, often heard in the West, that Islam is the main reason for discrimination.

Instead they say a deep-seated masculine culture, conservative and inflexible political forces, conflict and, in some cases, foreign occupation are to blame.

"The rise of women is in fact a prerequisite for an Arab renaissance," the report concludes.

"At a time when the Arab world needs to build and tap the capabilities of all its peoples, fully half its human potential is often stifled or neglected."

The solution should lie in short-term affirmative action to expand women's participation and longer term, sustained collective action that would benefit of the whole region.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam

1 posted on 12/07/2006 9:36:29 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Discrimination against women is holding back economic and social development across the Arab World, a report by the UN's development agency says.
This required a study?
2 posted on 12/07/2006 9:37:10 AM PST by Wormwood (Proud Goldwater Republican ( i.e. persona non grata)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Islam is not to blame for the problem BBC Dhimmitude
3 posted on 12/07/2006 9:38:01 AM PST by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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UN urges freedoms for Arab women?

This has got to be the funniest thing I have heard today.

Does this mean UN workers are going to rape women along with little girls? Is that their idea of freedoms or equality?


4 posted on 12/07/2006 9:41:31 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"UN urges freedoms for Arab women"

Well... what the heck do you think GWB is doing! You UN-asshats!


5 posted on 12/07/2006 9:41:48 AM PST by avacado
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"Islam is not to blame for the problem, the report says, but rather political inflexibility, male domination and war."

That would be like being in a room with an elephant and a big pile of elephant sh*t and saying, "The elephant is not to blame for the pile of sh*t."

If war is the problem, then how come women in the United States, which is at war, are doing fine?


6 posted on 12/07/2006 9:43:29 AM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"The rise of women is in fact a prerequisite for an Arab renaissance," the report concludes.

Unfortunately for Arab women, Arab men seem to have no interest in such a 'renaissance'---often resisting such efforts with barbaric violence.

7 posted on 12/07/2006 9:45:22 AM PST by Wormwood (Proud Goldwater Republican ( i.e. persona non grata)
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To: JillValentine

Sharia Law --- coming soon to a country near you !!!


8 posted on 12/07/2006 9:45:27 AM PST by MrRights
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It's a real shame that the U.N gets paid for this crap! They "Urge"? Gee, yeah I'm sure their urgings mean a whole lot to people that laugh in their faces! Glad we're wasting money paying these cretons http://sacredscoop.com


9 posted on 12/07/2006 9:46:11 AM PST by CottShop
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh goody!

Maybe this will get an EXPLOSIVE reply from the islamo-whackos


10 posted on 12/07/2006 9:50:37 AM PST by Fighting Irish (My opinions have been forged by where I've walked - not by who I hear on the radio)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

UN urges poor people to improve their finances.


11 posted on 12/07/2006 9:55:01 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The UN has never been interested in 'freedom' for anyone.

The only reason this report was issued is because the UN itself is feminine to its core.


12 posted on 12/07/2006 9:55:53 AM PST by navyguy (We don't need more youth. What we need is a fountain of SMART.)
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To: CottShop

"Glad were wasting money paying these cretons."
I happen to like cretons!

In Québécois cuisine, Cretons (always plural) are a meat spread. It is made of ground pork, onions and spices. Due to its fatty texture and taste, it resembles French rillettes. Cretons are usually served on toast, as part of a traditional Québécois breakfast.
8)


13 posted on 12/07/2006 9:57:47 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, I'm glad that issue is finally settled.


14 posted on 12/07/2006 9:58:03 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: JillValentine

"political inflexibility, male domination and war." = ISLAM


15 posted on 12/07/2006 10:03:15 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"Islam is not to blame for the problem, the report says, but rather political inflexibility, male domination and war."

Lets hope this is the dumbest thing we read today. As if Islam is not DIRECTLY responsible for political inflexibility, male domination and war. Good grief.

If Arab men allow a majority of their woman any real freedom and those woman became literate, most Arab men would quickly be exposed for what they are: inflexible, control freaks who would rather wage war and blame anyone or anything for their considerable short comings, aka: followers of Islam.


16 posted on 12/07/2006 10:05:39 AM PST by mad puppy ( The Southern border is THE issue)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well I'm glad the U.N. is on the case. Things should start happening now ...


17 posted on 12/07/2006 10:08:23 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Gee, a little late to the party, aren't they?


18 posted on 12/07/2006 10:13:25 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well I've always found the UN to be wrong. So I say lock the gals up.


19 posted on 12/07/2006 10:16:03 AM PST by Jaysun (Let's not ruin this moment with words.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

lol nothing like a full on post to point out a spelling mistake lol- got me :)


20 posted on 12/07/2006 10:16:59 AM PST by CottShop
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Islam is not to blame for the problem, the report says, but rather political inflexibility, male domination and war.

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GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!! I just can't believe the spineless idiots trying to run this world.


21 posted on 12/07/2006 10:41:23 AM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: CottShop

"It's a real shame that the U.N gets paid for this crap!" No, The real shame is that WE pay for this crap!


22 posted on 12/07/2006 10:42:18 AM PST by Holicheese (Beerfest could be the greatest movie ever made!)
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To: Holicheese

Well, actually- we're forced to pay because some dough-heads in congress think we should be, and would like nothign better than to have the U.N dictating our laws here in America


23 posted on 12/07/2006 10:48:31 AM PST by CottShop
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Amazing that this came out of the UN.


24 posted on 12/07/2006 11:15:36 AM PST by PeterFinn (B’fhearr Gaeilge briste na Béarla cliste.)
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To: avacado
"UN urges freedoms for Arab women"

Strong message to follow...

25 posted on 12/07/2006 11:32:52 AM PST by bruin66 (Time: Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.)
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To: navyguy

Why is "feminine" used as a pejorative?


26 posted on 12/07/2006 12:53:01 PM PST by blueminnesota
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To: blueminnesota

In this case its a synonym for weakness... just as the term 'bully', which nearly always refers to males, is used as a pejorative term.

I also use the word 'feminine' as a compliment in the right context. Its not always bad.


27 posted on 12/07/2006 3:10:52 PM PST by navyguy (We don't need more youth. What we need is a fountain of SMART.)
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To: navyguy

Well.....OK :)

It's just that, as a female, I like to think of being feminine as a good thing. And not necessarily being weak. But I understand what you meant.


28 posted on 12/07/2006 7:53:43 PM PST by blueminnesota
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