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The repression of women

İstanbul : Turkey | Jun 07, 2012 at 2:59 PM PDT
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Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali addresses the participants at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012 in Istanbul

At the end of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia 2012 event yesterday in Istanbul, one of the discussion topics was "Tapping into the potential of women in the economy."

The panelists recognized that the countries in this region do not allow for women to voluntarily be in the workforce due to traditional repression. They were discussing how to tap into this potential so that these countries could possibly double their economies. (In the US, it's only a 77% because of gender pay discrimination.)

They were able to point out the correlation of a nation being predominantly Muslim and the women in that country being repressed.

Here is a list of nations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia that are Muslim: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan just to name a few.

These women are repressed because Islam teaches that women should remain subordinate to the male. Mohammed himself married child brides and enslaved them for their entire lives (Sahih al-Bukhari Book 58, section 236). If they do not want their economies to collapse in the future, then they must give women more rights as the Arab Spring continues to sweep through the region.

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Adrian Holman is based in Joliet, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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