A majority of my posts on this blog highlight setbacks and injustices women face, so I decided to post about five triumphs women’s rights have seen over the past year or so. Also, this is close to my last post, so I want to end things on a good note.
1. Zimbabwean women are not free to go out at night
Prior to May 27 of this year, women in Zimbabwe were not free to be out at night because they would most likely face arrest, since any women out late at night were presumed to be sex workers by officials and men in general. These arrests have been banned on the basis that they target too many innocent women.
2. Nigeria banned female genital mutilation
Also known as female circumcision, genital mutilation on females is an inhumane practice that is common all over the world. In May, Nigeria set an example by outlawing it when former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan signed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act on May 25, mostly thanks to work from activists from the organization known as Choice4Life.
3. Malawi banned child marriage
Child marriage is frequently practices in countries where women are discriminated against. Malawi was no exception to thing, given the fact that half of girls under the age of 18 were married off as children. Thankfully, this has now been outlawed. Before, child brides were emphasized because people thought being married young was beneficial for fertility, but the government has come to see the ignorance in that.
4. Over 100 women serving in the U.S. Congress for the first time in history
2014’s November midterm elections got the number of women serving in Congress to over 100 for the first time in American history. While not significant in a specific way, this shows how society is progressing and reinforces the fact that female representation is vital to a fair democracy that is truly representative of all citizens.
5. Brazil strengthened laws protecting women
The country of Brazil has alarmingly high rates of violence against women. After an onslaught of passionate protests throughout the country, the government has finally started to introduced that laws, that while difficult to enforce, are bringing the country closer to a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to violence against women.
Of course all of these achievements listed above do not solve all of the problems women face, but they are undoubtedly steps that will give way to improvement in the future.