Freedom of religion and equality woman
Women’s rights have become one of the measures in which a society can be gauged in terms of the compliance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pro women’s rights groups have been in the fore front towards ensuring that women are accorded equal rights and opportunities with men. The appraisal of women’s rights has been attributed to greater levels of human development, health standards as well as democracy. Women’s rights have also come to be perceived as a crucial indicator of a country’s determination and commitment towards the adherence to responsibilities in the international arena with regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There has been a considerable degree of debate as to the comprehension of equality and the means with which to advance the awareness of women’s rights. This paper seeks to address issues concerned with women’s rights, equality and religion.
Freedom of religion
All over the world, women’s rights and freedom of religion have been conflicting primarily due to the role of women as stipulated by various religious beliefs. Internationally, a low degree of emphasis has been applied with regard to the freedom of religion and the various human rights as well as civil liberties and more so the function played by the freedom to practice a given form of religion with respect to social strife and the maintenance of political organizations has been relatively avoided. Women’s rights groups have been advocating for the harmonization of the right to religion and gender differences. This has presented a point of conflict between feminist standpoints and conflicting application of human rights as provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with respect to the universal application of women’s rights for all women relative to the prevalent cultural norms in the Western world.
The correlation between the international manifestation of women’s rights, feminist perceptions and oriental discourses is perceived as major points in which conflicts in the international application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is accepted in different countries and societies. In this context, an oriental discourse as a term means negative applications of human rights with relation to the Western world.
In the 17th Century, a rising curiosity concerning Islam and Eastern Europe became profoundly hostile as depicted in media, art, literature and various disciplines showing an intellectual authority over other non Western cultural norms. In this sense, Islam was portrayed as a rather backward religion being both strange and monolithic as compared to religions adopted by the Western culture. This historical standpoint and view with regard to the cultural and religious identity of the Middle East and Islam had the overall effect of methodically aligning the knowledge and understanding of Oriental peoples as being inferior when compared with mindset of peoples in the Western cultures.
These apparent colonial discourses were related to with a concerted degree of interest more so when pertaining to the treatment of women. Both the western and non western cultures portrayed a degree of pre-modern barbarism with the west viewing the higher level of dependence in women affairs as awkward while the oriental mindsets were perceived as oppressive with regard to women.
There has been a great deal of debate with respect to the temperament of the globalised approach in human rights movements with clear distinctions being drawn up to differentiate from the economic perspective of globalization as a neo-imperialistic principle and globalization as a technical system through which transport and communication all over the world is done with a greater level of ease. In the debate, there have been many incidences in which g