But when it comes to Arab countries, these laws are backward. Barely any Arab country survived this backwardness even during the post-revolutionary era; there are still relapses such as the Iraqi cabinet’s recent decision.
The suggested Iraqi draft law strips women who belong to the Jaafari Shiite sect of their basic marriage, divorce and inheritance rights and worst of all it legislates the marriage of nine-year-old girls.
One cannot but be shocked by the delinquency of those who approved the draft law which has now been referred to parliament for approval. Of course, Iraq is not the only country producing such backward phenomena.
The Arab Spring, which is passing through a long autumn, has shown us how we stumbled in our path towards becoming free citizens with equal rights.
We of course won’t forget the Muslim Brotherhood’s “efforts” during Mohammad Mursi’s reign to legislate the same thing.
We won’t forget how marrying off female children is like plague in Yemen and how this has also become a phenomenon spreading among the Syrian displaced society and extending to Lebanon’s society as well.
A few days ago, Randa Berri, the wife of Lebanon’s parliament speaker, said it’s difficult to criminalize marital rape because no one knows what happens behind closed doors.
Marrying off female youngsters - or let’s be accurate, raping them under a legal cover and violating a woman’s body under the excuse that the assaulter is her husband and all the details categorized as “men’s rights” in addition to all acts linked to domestic violence in all its forms, mostly happen behind closed doors.
Most of the times, legislators deal with these issues on the basis that women are “deficient in faith and intelligence.”
Women’s property of their minds and bodies are thus confiscated upon that rule. I woke up yesterday to congratulatory letters for the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Google too celebrated the same event and media outlets and social networking websites buzzed with reports and images on the occasion.
I am not against reviving the occasion and celebrating it through the media as highlighting the core of the problem is important.
However, as we exchange greetings, someone out there is working towards expanding injustice and keeping us in closed rooms.
by Diana Moukalled