“A girl has the power to go forward in her life and she is not only a mother. She is not only a sister. She is not only a wife, but a girl should have an identity,” Activist Malala Yousafzai quoted this regarding the treatment of women. Women’s rights has been something the world has been battling for years on end. Unfortunately, today there are still certain places in which women are still not granted the same rights. Lack of women’s rights in the Middle East, caused by Islamic Sharia laws, largely impacts the local community as well as the world as a whole and therefore should be fought for by local as well as world agencies in hopes to prevent any further women’s rights violations. In many places, women are not respected or heard. Women are often treated as dirt and pushed aside. Whether it be the differences in pay or consent to marriage, women are not allowed to speak up. Many regions have started to progress towards having more women’s rights, the Middle Eastern region being one of them. However, the progress has been exceptionally slow in the Middle East. Women cannot say no to a man, are forced to get married at a young age and are not allowed to ask for a divorce (“Women in Afghanistan”). These are a few among the many problems that women face as a hindrance to their rights. During their time of prominence, the Taliban enforced their own version of Islamic Sharia Laws which cause ban women from getting an educated, working or from being involved in politics. According to the Population Reference Bureau, 42% of the women in the middle east are illiterate as opposed to only 22% of the men (Farzaneh). In a country like Afghanistan, the World Bank reported that in 2017 only 17.3% of the labor force were women (“Labor Force, Female”). Thus, women are clearly underappreciated in the Middle Eastern region. There are many cases in which women are in trouble for speaking up and being educated. A prime example of such being Nobel Prize Awardee Malala Yousafzai. Malala was born to Ziauddin and Toor Yousafzai, an educator and house wife, respectively. Even though having a girl child was not necessarily a cause for celebration, Ziauddin made sure to treat Malala equally and give her every possible opportunity. By January of 2007, the Taliban had started to take control of Swat Valley, where the Yousafzai’s lived, and began to ban things and create harsh punishments. Malala had become Gul Makai and began to blog about her day to day life under the Taliban. Shortly, Malala and her father became recognized and were featured in a short documentary to speak about women’s education. Already, Malala had been bending rules by speaking against the Taliban and speaking up for women. Yet, Malala went on to publicly campaign for women’s education and rights, leading up to her being the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. She continued to lead life normally and was attending school once again. Unfortunately, her fame around the world had caused the Taliban to make her a large target. On a day that seemed like all the others to Malala, a masked gunman had entered her school bus. He had taken three shots at her, in the head, neck and shoulder. Malala survived and eventually became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her continuing efforts towards women’s rights and education (Fund). Malala’s story became widespread and she was applauded for her courage to be a woman and speak up under such a controlling government like the Taliban.Women’s rights has been coming to the limelight recently. Many incidents of women being sexually harassed and violated have been occuring around the world and prominently in the United States of America. Very recently a campaign called “#metoo” raised. Women all over the world were using this hashtag to share their stories about sexual abuse. The idea of this campaign was to create a comfortable enough vibe for woman to be able to openly share her story in the hopes that others are inspired to do so as well. The original intent, according to creator Tarana Burke, was to “empower women through empathy.” (Alone). More recently, at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, the entire Hollywood industry chose to wear black to represent the fact that “Time’s Up” and that an action must be taken against all of those women who are violated every single day (“Home”). In that sense, the social problem of women’s rights is very prominent and has made an impact on many parts of the world.Despite the fact that women are not speak out loud, there are always exceptions. A prominent organization in Afghanistan is Women for Afghan Women. This organization strives to not only promote human rights, but specifically women’s rights. The group aims to provide counseling, mediation and legal aid for all women who have endured any form of human rights violations. Many women have come to Afghanistan from all over the region for aid. An anonymous woman shared her experience with the Women for Afghan Women organization. The woman’s son-in-law, an Afghan army soldier, had attacked her and killed both her son and her daughter. The attacker was never arrested for the crimes he had committed. The woman had later on come to Women for Afghan Woman to seek justice for herself and her deceased children. With the help of Lawyers, provided by WAW, the woman had found justice. Her son-in-law was charged, prosecuted and sentenced to prison. The woman had claimed that she had finally reached a sense of peace and closure. Like this woman’s story, many other relief stories have been made with WAW (Women for Afghan Women). In addition to Women for Afghan Women, The Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace advocates for women’s participation in politics. The LWPP successfully advocates for activities in the fields of “women’s political leadership and participation.” Recently, one of LWPP’s founding women, Hanan AbdelQader AlFakhakhry, announced that she would be running as Libya’s first female candidate for Prime Minister. AlFakhakhry stated, “First, I wanted to pave the way for Libyan women to go beyond abstract wishes and aspirations, and seize the moment and prove their worthiness to hold the highest positions of leadership.” Thus, both Women for Afghan Women and Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace both strive to promote women’s rights within the Middle Eastern region (“LWPP Interview). In addition, there are many groups outside of the Middle East Region whose aim is to help gain women’s rights in countries like Afghanistan and the region around it. The organization Women Living Under Muslim Laws, based in London, focuses on promoting a woman’s equality under the law and making sure her ability to take up multiple identities and professions (“About WLUML”). In conclusion, it is important that the fight for women’s rights in regions like the middle east continue. The only efficient way for such to happen is through word of mouth. However, in modern day society, with technology being a large part of most people’s life, social media may be an important platform to raise awareness. The battle for women’s rights should not even exist. Every human has their rights, whether they be males or females, and in every corner of the world.