There shouldn’t be a location on this planet that women are unable to visit or call home. But The New York Post has identified some countries where ladies should not be spending their travel dollars.
There’s no greater joy than travel.
While every corner of the world is worth exploring, there are circumstances that make some countries less worthy of your attention and money. The New York Post has reasoned that women around the globe continue to encounter rampant discrimination, harassment and inequality, and that this should weigh in on our travel decisions.
Here are five places where women’s rights are being exploited and sexism reaches into the highest echelons of government — reason enough to take your travel dollars elsewhere.
“You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different,” says Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at — of all places — a women’s conference. In the speech, delivered on Nov. 24 to the Turkish Women and Democracy Association, Erdogan indicated that a woman is incapable of doing every job that a man can do because “it is against her delicate nature” — specifically citing pregnant women and nursing mothers.
As if being a policewoman weren’t tough enough, in Indonesia, a report says the government forces female recruits to undergo “virginity tests,” which involves a doctor examining applicants to see if their hymens are intact. The reason? Policewomen in Indonesia are required to be virgins, to ensure that they are morally fit for duty.
Not so long ago, it was unthinkable that an American would venture to Nicaragua or Belize for a vacation; today those countries are home to luxury resorts and upscale yoga retreats. Neighboring El Salvador, while perhaps not tops on one’s list for a girls’ getaway, has certainly benefited from the emerging interest in Central American tourism.
But the country also has some of the world’s strictest anti-abortion laws — abortion is illegal for any reason, including rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. A side effect is that women who suffer miscarriages or stillbirths have been accused of trying to end their pregnancies — and have been sentenced to prison for aggravated homicide, a charge that carries up to 30 years.
So maybe you aren’t jetting off to Riyadh anytime soon. A good thing, since women in the conservative Muslim nation have few, if any rights.
Last week, numerous restaurants posted signs banning single women from entering. Why? Because they smoke, “flirt” and speak on their cellphones — behavior that one restaurant owner called “mentally unstable.” It’s just one of a long list of things women are prohibited from doing by law in Saudi Arabia. Those include: voting, driving, and visiting a doctor without a male chaperone.
Out of the 50 US states, Utah is one of the worst when it comes to gender inequality.Basing its tabulation on three major categories — economy, leadership and health — Utah is the worst state for women.
Here are just a few reasons: A typical man in Utah earned more than $50,000 in 2013, while most women made 70 percent of that figure — one of the largest gender-pay gaps in the nation. Less than 31 percent of management positions were held by women in Utah (the second lowest rate in the US).
Only six women occupy the 75 seats in the state’s House of Representatives, and Utah has just five female state senators — a huge underrepresentation of women in government.
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