10 Weird Things Women Have Been Banned From Doing Around The World

by Judy mboroki9 years ago
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There are many laws set up in different countries that prohibit women from doing certain things in society. We may find some of them weird since in our countries women enjoy full rights just like their fellow men. Some of these laws have been imposed by extremist governments while some date back years ago but have never been changed or eliminated and make very little sense in the world today. Take a look at some of the weird laws that exist around the world.

1 Women need permission from their husbands to wear false teeth

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In Vermont, women should obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (Source)

2 In Florida, widowed or single women are not allowed to parachute jump on Sundays

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A woman who does so faces a fine or jail time. It’s also bad for a woman to fall asleep under a hair dryer in Florida, you and the salon owner will be fined. (Source)

3 Saudi women are not allowed to drive

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According to a report by Academics from one of the highest religious councils in Saudi Arabia, allowing women to drive would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce”. If the ban was lifted, there would be “no more virgins” within a 10 year span in the Islamic Kingdom. (Source)

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4 Women should have a male Guardian

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All females in Saudi should have a male guardian. They are forbidden from conducting any official business, travelling or undergoing some procedures without permission from a male guardian. (Source)

5 Iranian women banned from watching the world cup

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The women are barred from cheering the football or volley ball teams due to immorality concerns. (Source)


6 A woman is considered half a witness in Yemen

A woman is considered half a witness in Yemen
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According to a 2005 freedom House report, a woman is not “recognized as a full person before the court.” In general, a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it’s backed by a man’s testimony or concerns a place or situation where a man would not be. And women can’t testify at all in cases of adultery, libel, theft or sodomy.” (Source)

7 Women have no voting rights

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Women have no voting rights in Vatican City. This is also the case in Saudi Arabia although a royal decree that was issued in 2011, will allow women to vote in 2015. (Source 1, 2, 3)

8 Women in Afghanistan were prohibited by the Taliban from…

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…working outside their homes, studying in school and wearing shoes that made noise while they walked. The windows to their house were also to be painted if a woman was inside the building. (Source)

9 In Whitesville Delaware, a woman cannot propose marriage to a man

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If caught or reported, they could be charged for disorderly conduct. (Source)

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10 Women were banned from going shopping in a village known as Asara in 2012

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A village panchayat in Asara banned women who were below 40 years from going to the market place in 2012. They also prohibited girls from using mobile phones on the streets. (Source)

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