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The Improvement of Laws Which Protect Women in Afghanistan
I refer to the article by the Associated Press in Kabul, entitled “Afghan women still suffer abuse despite law to protect them”. In Afghanistan, the government has implemented a law that prohibits the assault of women, buying and selling women to settle disputes, and more than a dozen acts of violence and abuse against women. However, despite some success in prosecuting rape cases and domestic violence, the Afghan women are still victims of frequent abuse. In July 2012, a group of men and women protested against the harsh execution of a woman who was accused of adultery. I feel that the protesters’ act has opened up debate on whether the Afghan government should improve its laws which protect women in the country.
There are various viewpoints on this situation. The Afghan government could improve its women protection laws as women abuse affects the country economically. If more women were to be abused, it
is possible that their injuries would hamper them to effectively complete their jobs. An employee’s ability to progress on the job could be made difficult due to being degraded at home, and she may be demoted or dispensed. This way, the country could suffer economically as less women would be able to bring in more profit for the country.
However, one could also say that if less women were to work, more job opportunities for men would be opened. In addition, as men are regarded superiorly to women in majority of the Afghan society, it is highly possible that they will be promoted to higher ranks and thus contribute more greatly to the country’s economy, as they would be able to interact with more people from across the globe; hence boosting the country’s economy. Therefore, the government could reinforce its laws, or leave the...