Gender Inequality in Asia

By Lauren, Courtney, Emilie, Taylor, and Evan

Task 1
Written by Taylor

A woman named Fatima faced with inequality from her husband, mom, brothers, and sisters everyday. She was mostly abused by her husband. “I remember the slaps across the face, the next day he put me out on the street to just stand there and not talk to anybody, telling me that he would marry again, this time of his own choice, and if I speak up, he would blow my head off.” (Shahid) Through out her life she was controlled by her husband. Her husband was so bad that even her children learned to act badly. “Our children learned to abuse, to slap each other, and are even involved in small thefts.”(Shahid) Also there was nothing that she could do to prevent her abusing and drug addict husband from harming her. “ I knew what he was doing, but it was like I had no feeling....It was my survival for the kids and I had to bear everything for it. I was supposed to learn how to be a slave and a glutton for punishment. I had to apologize fir being alive, and had to thank him for each act of torture, and actually beg for more." (Shahid) From this you can tell that it was very hard for Fatima to live with out inequality. If women had the right to act for themselves and not be controlled by their husbands Fatima could have been a lot better off. But since she didn’t have equality she had to keep being abused everyday. It also shows that not only women were affected but thier children are also. Further more inequality is hard for anybody to deal with but Fatima and her kids had it bad and struggled to survive.
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Works Cited for Task 1:
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La Solidaridad. " Mukhtar Mai: Gang-Rape Survivor, Womens Rights Activist, Woman of the Year." Photograph. 12 Sept. Flickr.com.N.p. 3 Nov.

McKee, David. " Mother and Child." Photograph. 22 July 2008. Flickr.com. N.p. 3 Nov.

Shahid, Hina. "A Globalizing World of Gender Inequality." Tales of Asia. 1998- 2006. talesofasia.com. Web. 26 Oct. 2010.


Task 2
Written by Courtney

In Asia many women suffer from inequality, the Samotalis gender inequality in Asia tries to help women get better rights. "Gender inequality contributes to human development" Helen Clark had said because of a profit that could be made if women had working rights in Asia, and because of the fact that 89 billion dollars is being lost women's equality should be delayed no longer. "Asia has the highest male-female ratio at birth in the world, with sex-selective abortion and infanticide leaving approximately 96 million women missing in seven countries," that number alone should scare a large amount of people. The fact that women get abortions if it's a girl because they wanted to have a boy for the main reason that he will be more accepted in society is atrocious. "It said the 96 million women in Asia estimated to be "missing" had died because of discriminatory treatment in access to health and nutrition or through pure neglect - or they were never born in the first place. 'China and India each has about 42.6 million missing women," in china alone that's about 44.3% of all 96 million women who are "missing." It is devastating that so many women are killed for the pure fact that they are girls. Women have had posters and signs and have paraded through streets to get through the minds of the men in the society that things must change. It's unfair that women must suffer through this and don't even get a chance to show the world what they can do. Even the "49% average" of women in Asia who are working usually don't get the chance to show what they can do with their minds.


Task 2
Written by Evan

The effects of gender inequality today is a lot better then it was in the past but is still bad in Asia.Almost 100 million women have disappeared in Asia because of discrimanation and discrimination towards women has also led to an increase in abortions of "female fetuses"(The Medical News).The cause of gender inequality in Asia is because of "entrenched traditions favoring men and poor government efforts to counteract them"(The Medical News).A woman named Salma Khan has fought and is still fighting against gender inequality in Asia.Salma khan grew up without knowing the problems of gender inequality not like a lot of women who grew up with these troubles."I did not face the problems most of my contemporaries did."(bracnet).Salma khan joined an organisation which fights against discrimination towards women after winning the "Eisenhower Fellowship of USA".(bracnet)."Salma khan took the iniative in ratifying the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW"(bracnet).Salma Khan also became chairperson of "CEDAW" for one term."Salma Khan was elected chairperson of CEDAW for one term".(bracnet).Women all over Asia are disappearing and are being discriminated because they are female.Salma khan fights against this.I believe Salma Khan is a great role model to women all over Asia.She has set a great example for many women who want to help fight against gender inequality and discrimination towards women.I believe that if people like Salma Khan help fight against gender inequality it will gradually be stopped.
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women and men working together


Works Cited for Task 2


Task 3
Written by Emilie

I chose to compare Fatima to Fredrick Douglas in “The Narrative of the Life of a Slave” because they were both forced into a very difficult and abusive life style. Fatima and Fredrick are both mentally and physically abused throughout their entire lives. Fatima was abused by her husband, her mom, and her brothers and sisters. Fredrick was abused by his master. They are abused because they did something wrong that was not necessarily their fault. For example Fatima is abused because she is a woman in a marriage with a man twice her age who does not appreciate her and Fredrick is abused because he is and African American slave on a farm in the south. Fatima cannot help the fact that she is a woman and she was forced into her marriage, and Fredrick cannot help the fact that he is African American and was forced into slavery.


“Upon this he rushed at me with the fierceness of a tiger, tore off my clothes and lashed me till he had worn out his switches, cutting me so savagely as to leave the marks visible for a long time after.”

“I was broken in body, soul and spirit”

“He then gave me a savage kick in the side, and told me to get up.”


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Works Cited for Task 3:

Shahid, Hina. "A Globalizing World of Gender Inequality." Tales of Asia. 1998- 2006. talesofasia.com. Web. 26 Oct. 2010.


Task 4
Written by Lauren, Courtney, Taylor, Emilie, Evan

In order to alleviate gender inequality in Asia our group set up a plan. The first step would be to join, or partner up with the Amnesty International club at our high school. This club is made up of a group of students that meet on a regular basis to discuss human rights, and how to work towards overcoming the problems associated with human rights. Our second step would be to then inform the other members of the club on what we know about gender inequality in Asia because in order for them to help us inform others about the topic, they themselves need to be informed first. Once we have done that, our third step would be to get information out about the topic in a way everyone in the school could be reached. We would do so by making posters to hang in the halls that talk about the specific issues of gender inequality in Asia, and that included dates as well of days/times we would have Amnesty International meetings dedicated to raising awareness of the topic. Our fourth step would be to then brainstorm other ways to help get information out about the topic in addition to the posters, just in case not everyone got the chance to see them in the hallways. This could be something like having a segment of one of the daily morning announcements we have at school be dedicated to telling a specific story about one of the individuals suffering from gender inequality in Asia. This would reach everyone in the school, and having a story of a specific individual that is currently suffering would have more impact on the listeners, and could become more personal, which ultimately would lead to them wanting to know more and hopefully getting involved. Our fifth step would be to create a group on facebook including everything we know about the topic. We would then invite everyone we know to join the group. This would be effective because many students are on facebook, so it would be an easy way to reach out to many people at once. Our sixth step would be to create a blog where people could discuss anything they wanted about the topic of gender inequality in Asia. This way any person could read up on the topic, give their input, ask questions and more, in a place in which everybody can get to. Our last step was inspired by the website Take Part. By putting this plan into action we would make a difference.


Task 5

Crouching Woman, a piece of art created by Fernand Cormon, connects to the character Fatima, whose story was shared in the article “A Globalizing World of Gender Inequality” by Hina Shahid. The article shares how Fatima, a young woman from the village of Sindh, suffered greatly all throughout her life, whether it was due to physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, poverty, malnutrition, sleep deprivation, etc. Fatima, along with the other women in her village, are not appreciated for the hard work they do, and are very unfairly treated (Shahid, Hina). In the work of art by Fernand Cormon, a woman is shown kneeling down on her hands and knees. Her face is positioned to the side, giving the effect that she is looking at something off in the distance. Her mouth looking slightly opened with the corner of her lips at a bit of a downward angle, along with her eyebrows slanting downwards as well, make her look sad, and hurt (Cormon, Fernand). Just like the woman in the artwork, Fatima is sad and hurting, because of all the abuse she must endure on a daily basis. The hair of the woman in the artwork is rather messy, and she is barefoot and dressed in what looks like some kind of animal skin, portraying that she is not wealthy. This relates to Fatima as well because her village suffers from poverty. The fact that the woman in the painting is crouching down can also relate to Fatima. This is because the positioning of the woman’s body makes it seem that she is overwhelmed, and that she is maybe beaten down, not necessarily physically, but rather emotionally. Fatima is definitely broken down emotionally every day, and physically as well (Cormon, Fernand). These are some of the various ways that the woman in the piece of art and Fatima connect.

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Works cited for Task 5:

Cormon, Fernand. "Crouching Woman." Drawing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. N.p. Web. 27 October 2010.

Shahid, Hina. "A Globalizing World of Gender Inequality." Tales of Asia. 1998- 2006. talesofasia.com. Web. 26 Oct. 2010.