Muslim women are abused in many different ways. They are physically, mentally, verbally and emotionally abused in ways that I could never imagine. Many times these abuses lead to death by their husbands, family, or even themselves. The research that I did about Muslim women helped me to understand a little of what they are going through. It is really sad to think that these women are scared to speak out against the violence because of fear for loosing their children, poverty or dishonoring their families. No women should ever have to live like that in any country or religion. I really respect the Muslim women who are standing up for their rights and protesting against the violence that they receive in their own culture. I hope that my research touches you as much as it touched me.
Muslim women are over-regulated by the Islamic religion. They are told everything from what to wear, what to do and when to do it. They have little freedom to make their own choices. This article explains that this over-regulation of women causes them to act in suicidal ways. The women can only go so far until they mentally, physically and emotionally have enough of it.
All I can say here is YOU GO GIRL!!! I think this is how most of the Muslim women feel but many are too afraid to stand up because of what might happen to them.
This article from the Archives of Women’s Mental Health explains that one in three women are beaten by their husbands in the countries of Egypt, Palestine, Israel, and Tunisia. Their husbands say that the beatings are a justified response to the wife’s poor behavior. Health care professionals and police often do not say anything about these offenses because of the religious justifications and preserving the honor of the family.
This is a very powerful picture of Muslim women protesting against the abuse that they feel they cannot overcome. They want to be able to enjoy their marriages without being fearful of their spouses and fearful for themselves and their children.
I like this picture because I think I would feel like this if I were a Muslim woman. Trapped. Many Muslim women feel that they do not matter at all and they do not have a right to an opinion about anything.
This article from the Washington Post helped me to understand why Muslim women have a hard time getting away from bad marriages. They feel a duty to obey their husbands because they think that it is the will of God and they want to be faithful to their religion.
The Islamic religion is definitely not the only practice that tells women to cover up who they truly are. Our culture wants women to cover their faces with make-up and the Islamic religion wants women to cover their faces with scarfs. I don’t think that women should feel like they have to cover themselves up no matter what religion or culture they are from.