Women in Tibet
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This paper documents past gender roles for women in Tibet and the current ones in the face of increased persecution by the Chinese government. The paper describes how under Chinese rule, women in Tibet are more vulnerable victims to Chinese pressure to conform and they suffer discrimination in the fields of health and education, as well as arbitrary arrests, detention and torture without fair trials. The paper notes that one of the hopes for the women of Tibet is that the increasing media and outside influence of Buddhists and help organizations will pressure the Chinese government to act at least in accordance with its own laws.
From the Paper:"There is a saying in China that women hold up half the sky (Demarchelier). Then there is the Chinese legend that the Tibetan people "originated from the union of a monkey and a female demon" (Britannica). Such is the dichotomy that is in the burned in the psyche of Tibetan women: They have the potential for great heights if they can just escape the origins of their own birth. Women in China and its surrounding regions do not have an easy life in general but active governmental intrusion and persecution do not complicate the gender restrictions imposed on them as with the women in Tibet. "Although views on the status and roles of Tibetan women vary enormously, there is agreement that Tibetan women suffer twofold under Chinese rule: firstly as all Tibetans whose rights to freedom of speech and of religious and political beliefs are infringed upon, and secondly in ways that are specific to women, such as gender specific torture in police custody. Despite harsh penalties for protest, peaceful or otherwise, Tibetan women remain unwilling to let the Chinese authorities treat Tibet as part of the Chinese 'motherland'" (Facts)."
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Women in Tibet (2003, September 24) Retrieved April 01, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/women-in-tibet-34533/
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