Today’s face of the day is Mohamed Essa who appeared in the Hamilton District Council on Monday, where he was jailed for three years and two months by Judge Merelina Burnett. Judge Burnett mentioned that Mohamed immigrated to New Zealand from Djibouti, a country that does not respect women’s rights.
Mohamed’s defence lawyer asked for his good character to be taken into consideration. Apparently having seven children means he is a good person as well as being part of the local Islamic community.The Judge did a great job but even she could not address the elephant in the room. It is not the country that does not respect women’s rights, it is the ideology of Islam that does not respect women’s rights.
The Relative Status of Women and Men. By custom and law men have more rights and higher status than women. Traditional Afar and Issa culture as well as Islam tend to support a pattern of gender roles that give men predominance in public life, business, and politics.