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Amnesty International urges Jordan to stop imprisoning women for defying men, ignores root cause of the problem

Amnesty International urges Jordan to stop imprisoning women for defying men, ignores root cause of the problem

Country: 
Jordan
News Date: 
25/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

“Under the male ‘guardianship’ system, which Amnesty said is at the centre of a web of discriminatory provisions, men are empowered to control ‘women’s lives and limit their personal freedoms’, while women could be subjected to degrading practices such as ‘virginity tests’, aimed at determining whether they’ve had sex outside marriage.”

All right. But where does this male guardianship system come from? From Islamic law: “[A] woman may not leave the city without her husband or a member of her unmarriageable kin accompanying her, unless the journey is obligatory, like the hajj. It is unlawful for her to travel otherwise, and unlawful for her husband to allow her to.” (Reliance of the Traveller m10.3)

That looks like controlling women’s lives and limiting their personal freedoms, but Amnesty International will never be so “Islamophobic” to notice, and so will never address why Jordan does these things, and why it won’t stop doing them.

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