Gender inequality has been an ongoing problem and it affects almost every country that comes to mind. While this problem might be seen as obviously happening if we were to live in the past, we should also realize that it is still occurring today. It is not obvious but it is there.
Change can only occur if everyone does not think in the traditional manner- men go out to work, women stay at home, only men require high education while women do not, only men can hold on to the highest positions at work while women do not.
Even in my country and perhaps neighbouring countries, I often see this happening. Most but not all men suggest that women should receive lesser priorities and lesser rights than them. This is simply not right. We are all humans, we deserve the same rights.
Islam came with a message that was revolutionary at the time (610 AD). It uplifted the status of the poor and underprivileged in society. For women, this meant an end to female infanticide and claimed equality of the sexes in stature and worship. While these may not seem remarkable claims nowadays, they resulted in a transformation of consciousness and lives within the early Muslim community. There are dozens of strong, dignified and independent women in early Islamic history that have become household names and role models for generations of Muslim women. The women of Muhammad’s family have not faded into obscurity – the Prophet’s wife, Khadija RA, was not only the first convert to Islam but also a financially independent businesswoman.
The Quran is meant to instruct humanity on how to live. Allah SWT’s guidance through the Quran always is addressed to his believers, both men and women, equally. Both are required to follow the same laws. Both must live by the same standards. Why, then, do we see that Muslim women throughout the forty-nine Muslim majority states are still being oppressed? The oppression does not come from Islam, but from laws made, in many cases, by Muslim men. Why, for instance, are women not able to drive in Saudi Arabia, yet they can drive in the other forty-eight Muslim majority states? The freedom of will granted by Islam carries a great responsibility. Women must educate themselves on their rights. Once they understand their rights, they must come together in order to obtain and reclaim their God-given rights and actively pursue the development of a fair and just community of believers.
This does not only apply to Muslim women but all women in this world.