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Mothers in Jordan are entitled to full rights

Aug 30,2018 - Last updated at Aug 30,2018

According to a recent study compiled by the Department of Statistics (DoS) on "fertility, mortality, family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition" in Jordan, 49 per cent of Jordanian mothers do not want "another" child. 

This comes as no surprise given the fact that modern Jordanian women want a life outside the four walls of their homes. 

Modern Jordanian mothers are better educated, more enlightened, more ambitious and seek, above all, to be productive to their society and country as equal to men. Gone are the days when Jordanian wives are satisfied with being just housewives, giving birth to children and rearing them day and night, and meanwhile denied their natural role in their country as major contributors to the national economy and the progress of their people. 

There was a time when traditional families confined the role of wives to their homes. Now that the liberation of women is in full swing and their emancipation from worn out traditions and traditional confines is unstoppable, women can no longer remain enslaved to the confines of their traditional role. Modern women seek their recognition as persons on par with men and will stop at nothing till they achieve their full rights as equal human beings. Higher education and higher cost of living are opening new opportunities to modern wives to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their husbands. That is the way wives become equal to men with equal rights, spousal or otherwise. 

The only surprise in the DoS study is the finding that only 49 per  cent of wives do not want more children. One would have thought that the greater majority of wives are now seeking more recognition as important contributors to their country's progress and development. Obviously they cannot do that if society imposes on them only a role for child bearing and rearing. Women in Jordan now are enjoying full political and economic rights and they are now out to claim them. 

To be sure women are still denied their full civil rights, on top of which is the right to pass on their citizenship to their children. Yet, this transgression on the civil rights of women cannot be expected to stay for too long. Jordan is under constant and persistent international pressure especially by international human rights bodies to lift this grave violation. Sooner or later, Jordan will have to abide by international norms and complete the circle of rights accorded to women.

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SORRY TO SAY TO THE PERSON "L" THAT THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT ABOUT THE CHOICE OF BEING A WOMAN LOCKED UP IN THE KITCHEN BUT DOING SO VOLUNTARILY IN GOOD FAITH SECONDARY TO THE FAMILY DYNAMICS. THE ISSUE OF THE " COST OF LIFE ", I HAVE TO REMIND THE PERSON "L" THAT JORDANIAN WOMEN MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN MEN ARE THE ONLY BREAD WINNERS IN JORDAN BECAUSE THEIR FOREIGN HUSBANDS AND CHILDREN NEITHER ALLOWED TO WORK OR ENTITLED TO ANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM AND CAN ONLY STAY IN JORDAN ON VISAS. IF THEY CHOOSE TO LIVE IN JORDAN WHICH BY THE WAY IS THEIR RIGHTS TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO LIVE LIKE JORDANIAN MEN WHO ARE MARRIED UP TO FOUR WOMEN FROM ASIA, AMERICA TO EUROPE AND FAR EAST. A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF MY POINT HERE WILL SHOW THAT JORDAN IS PUNISHING THESE WOMEN AFFECTED BY THIS SYNDROME OF TESTESTOROME MENTALITY. MY FRIENDS, THIS ISSUE IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN THE SO-CALLED THE COST OF LIVING INDEX. THIS ISSUE IS TEARING US ALL APART BECAUSE WHEN EVER I READ ABOUT THIS, I GET UPSET THAT THE SAME JORDAN THAT I HAVE ALWAYS ADVOCATED FOR, HELPED IN VERY MANY DIFFERENT WAYS FROM THEIR CHILDREN TO THE POLICIES THAT AFFECTS THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ME AND MY SON. SAD TO SAY THAT IT IS TOO LATE FOR ME TO ENGAGE IN A PUBLIC RELATION BLACK LIST AGAINST A COUNTRY THAT IS A PART OF MY FAMILY AND WILL BE SO TILL THE END OF THE WORLD. BELIVE ME, AT SOME POINT, JORDAN WILL WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BOT THE WHITE AND PINK ROSES. THE DOUBLE DEALING IN JORDAN ON WOMEN ISSUES REMINDS ME OF ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL DO EVERY THING THEY CAN TO KEEP IN THE OFFICE.

IF THERE IS ANY DIRTY LAUNDRY IN THE CLOSETS OF JORDAN, IT IS THIS ISSUE WHICH IS INHUMAN AND THE PRACTICE OF THE DARK AGES. THOSE OF US THAT LOVES THE KINGDOM ARE SICK OF EVEN READING ABOUT ABOUT THIS TOPIC BECAUSE IT IS AN INSULT OF THE FIRST ORDER. IN FACT, I CAN COMPARE THIS ISSUE WITH THE DEFUNCT RULE OR LAW THAT WOMEN CAN NOT DRIVE IN SAUDI ARABIA. IF THE WALLS AGAINST DRIVING IS DOWN AND OUT, WHEN WILL JORDAN COME CLEAN ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF WOMEN. JORDAN SHOULD STOP HARASSING THEIR CITIZENS TO PAY MORE TAXES WHEN IN FACT GENDER EQUALITY CAN EASILY CLOSE THIS GAPS IN TAXATION.

I dont think is just because women dont want to have kids and want to work. Theres a huge percentage of them who want to be at home but the incresing of prices wont allow that and the cost of life in amman is not letting a place for a woman to have only the title o housewife.

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