There are several stories that are driving this discussion. This video is one of them.
Thousands of you have watched this video of a Pakistani girl being flogged for a relationship she’s alleged to have had.
The punishment was administered in the Swat Valley which has recently come under Sharia law in a move to placate the Taliban.
2. There’s been fierce debate of a new law in Afghanistan which would give a husband the legal right to have sex with his wife every four days. The law’s now being reviewed, but it has been supported by people who have sympathy with the Taliban’s interpretation of Islam.
3. Two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers have altered a photo of Israel’s new cabinet and removed two female cabinet ministers. One replaced them with men, the other left the space blank. Printing pictures of woman is seen as a violation of female modesty.
Add to that the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion, and any number of examples from Saudi Arabia (women not being allowed to drive being one), and some of you argue that religion in its many forms places obstacle after obstacle in front of women being treated fairly.
Do you agree? Or is that to misunderstand how some religions view women and men as different but equal?