Do Women Face Social Injustice and Oppression in Today’s World?

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Morgan Laporte-Hilliard
Professor Sabir
English 1A
15 March 2011
Do women face Social injustice and oppression in today’s World?

Many women around the world are treated as second class citizens or worse in their own countries. In poor and modern countries alike sex and slave trafficking are still prevalent. Many women die in child birth from complications American women don’t even worry about. Many women are murdered by their own families because they were raped. In some places women are forced to marry their rapists. In Africa little girls are subjected to genital mutilation, in the Middle East girls are murdered if they are suspected of sex before marriage. These are many of the reasons the authors Nickolas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn wrote the book Half the Sky. The purpose for writing this book was to shed light on the social injustices done to women and galvanize support in order to help them. Women are capable of great things. With enough support women are able to overcome their obstacles and go on to better their communities. Here are the stories of three women who have experienced first hand some of these issues and managed to do something about them. Meena Hasina was a little girl of eight or nine from a poor Indian family who lived on the border of India and Nepal. She was kidnapped by sex traffickers and sold to a low caste tribe called the Nutt clan. Meena was kept with other prepubescent girls who were then prostituted when they were old enough to attract costumers. These girls were beaten viciously and constantly raped. Meena became pregnant twice. She delivered a boy the first time and a girl the second time. Both babies were taken from her by the brothel owner. Meena’s motivation for escaping was her daughter Naina. She did not want her to be forced into prostitution like she was. So eventually Meena escaped and got married. Meena was very worried about her Daughter Naina. She told Kristoff, “I gave birth to her,...
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