Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog 4, “Bangladesh: 'discriminatory family laws fuel female poverty”

The name of this article I read was called “Bangladesh: 'discriminatory family laws fuel female poverty'.” This article talked about the discriminatory laws that are in place when it come to marriages, divorce and separations. Women that live in Bangladesh are more at risk for experiencing abusive marriages, and when the marriages subside, they are more prone to experience poverty. They said that plenty of women that are divorced or separated then take on the role “head of their household.” These women and their children are experiencing food insecurity and poverty. A woman's rights leader said that discriminatory laws need to be change. They need to fix family courts, and have state assistance for poor women. One law that hurts women going through a divorces is that she does not have equal rights to marital property. They also said that 55% of women are married by the age of 10 years old.
The main reason for women that are the head of their house are in poverty is because of marital instability. Another thing is their religion. Gender inequality is embedded in religious beliefs. Their personal law has not been reformed because of this reason. It is now known that Bangladesh is in violation of human rights laws. The United Nations is stepping in and saying that they have to change their discriminatory divorce laws, and have to give women equal rights to marital property.
I think that this article is very sad. I say that it is sad because of what these women have to go through. They have to stay in abusive marriages. If they do get a divorce, they are looked down on. The women then have to provide for themselves and their children. These women are in poverty and have no way of getting assistance because of the discriminatory laws. One thing that I think is very good is the UN experts stepping in to say that this is a violation of human rights. Maybe now, some laws will be changed to help these families get out of this problem.

Danielle Holmes

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