Mark Greene notes the horrific story of the Afghan child bride who has become the face of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and wonders how much progress we’ve really made in women’s rights.
For those who say that women now have social and political equality, I would like to offer the following story from the Associated Press. It begs the question. Which women are we talking about?
The AP reported, “KABUL, Afghanistan — The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday.
The plight of 15-year-old Sahar Gul captivated the nation and set off a storm of international condemnation when it came to light in late December. Officials said her husband’s family kept her in a basement for six months after her arranged marriage, ripping out her fingernails, breaking her fingers and torturing her with hot irons in an attempt to force her into prostitution.”
To see the story on the Huffington Post go here. WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS.
1) How does the treatment of women worldwide inform our American conversation about women’s rights?
2) How does the multi-billion dollar prostitution black market affect women both here and abroad?
3) Is the battle for women’s rights successfully completed or only just beginning?
4) Does the discussion of women’s rights in some way detract from the battle for men’s rights?