Kyrgyzstan Ups Fight Against Child Marriage

In the article, “Kyrgyzstan Ups Fight Against Child Marriage,” the children from Kyrgyzstan is still getting force to get married. Although forcing children to get married became illegal in Kyrgyzstan, the forced marriage is still going on. Around 12 percent of girls marry before age 18 and about one percent are married before age 15. Most of the girls are getting married due to religious ceremonies. Also, Abduction for forced marriage is still going on which is also known as the bride kidnapping. This puts both women and girls in danger. Nearly 12,000 women and girls are getting kidnapped annually. These marriages make both women and girls vulnerable of being isolated and being domestically violent. Therefore, the government should make sure the changes help protect domestic violence survivors by supporting essential services, like shelters, that allow women to escape abuse.

I personally think that the women and girls forced marriage should stop immediately. The government should quickly have a solution for this problem because the number of women and girls getting kidnapped is ridiculous. The girls and women should also get rights on whether they choose to marry or not. The choice of the marriage should not depend on religion or society but according to one’s will. 

For more information: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/21/kyrgyzstan-ups-fight-against-child-marriage

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S. Korea’s “black protest” movement gaining momentum for abortion rights

In this article, the women in South Korea are not treated equally as men when it comes to abortion. People were having press conference about the invalidation of the government’s legislative judgment and the decriminalization of abortion. The forum stated that the government is considering the problem of abortion upon the responsibility of the state and the society, not the women’s choices. The forum declared: “Women aren’t wombs. They are people before they are mothers,” and also that the women should “continue to fight for the health, safety, and lives of women who have been pushed outside the law’s framework.” They are claiming  for the equality of women’s sexual equality and sex education and to make sure that the women have access to the sexual technology and facilities. There are roughly about 170,000 pregnancy termination in South Korea and therefore the goal of discrimination of abortion is to guarantee the right for everyone and for everyone to be treated equally.

From reading this article, I was stunned about how women in Korea is treated differently from the men. As women myself, I was angry by the fact that the women are treated differently although we are all same human beings as men. I think the discrimination of abortion should be the choices of the women because people have freedom of rights to do certain things that they wish to do and therefore the law of discriminating abortion shouldn’t be strengthened.

For more information: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/766232.html