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Women's Rights After The Arab Spring

The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as "The Arab Spring," promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women's rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized. In this month's show, Women's Rights after the Arab Spring, we travel to Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and the Gulf States to assess how and where women's rights have progressed.

Only the consumption of candles have increased for candle marches. Now, no city or town is safe enough for the girls to go out at any point of time. Men should change their way of thinking and behaviour toward women.
Ajit Bajaj in Gujarat, India, responds to the question, what has changed in the year since the rape and murder of a student in Delhi. He also says that "perhaps now more and more women come out to lodge a report or to talk about the sexual harassment. Earlier, they were not coming out because of social fears."
Afghan Men Speak Up About Domestic Violence

...According to a report issued by the AIHRC this month, the number of reported incidents of domestic violence in which men were the victims is on the rise. Whether the number of cases is actually growing, or the figures reflect a better system and environment for reporting abuse, or some other factor is responsible for the findings is unclear.

But it is obvious that even those who step forward do so with great caution.

We can change the security infrastructure, we can increase the number of police personnel, but the real question is: How do we change the mindset of the people, so that they can see women as their equal partners and not something similar to objects of their desire?
Aniket Singh in Ghaziabad, India, on safety for women in India. He writes, "We should start with our family. Equal treatment of and respect to both the genders at home can go a long way in eradicating the problem. Proactive measures are the need of the hour!"
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