Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has expressed disappointment and equal concern for the current plight of women in the country today.
A statement by the commission to mark the International Women’s Day further stressed that development in a nation cannot be sustained without the participation of women as such development would fail to include the wants of all the citizens in the country.
United Nation’s International Day theme for the year 2012 is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.”
“… the sad thing is various nations of the world still does not perceive the importance of women in the decision making process. The other issue of note from the theme is the alarming level of discrimination of rural women still observed in the world and it’s really sad that the situation in the Maldives is no different,” statement said.
HRCM also highlighted though efforts have been stepped up off late to empower women in the Maldives, it still has not had the desired effect especially in the less populated islands of the nation.
“In such islands a lot of work is done with the involvement of women but as their efforts are perceived as an obligation it does not receive the appreciation and recognition it deserves. However, the efforts of such women is an invaluable contribution to the society as a whole,” HRCM statement said.
The statement also noted the academic achievements of young women in the nation today, but expressed concern that such equality is not extended when they enter the employment field.
Commission said that as the Maldives celebrates this year’s women’s day, the major challenge faced by Maldivian women is abuse and cruelty and stressed that further efforts by the State and individuals were needed to stamp out such transgressions.