How can Muslim women overcome the barriers to contraception?
This article describes how challenging it is for Muslim women to get proper sex education that everyone should receive. Since they are not able to get this type of education they are at a higher risk for stds and having their own diy abortions which can be extremely dangerous. Muslim women can help overcome these barriers by talking about it more and make it less taboo. If these women can become educated about sex they could live happier and healthier lives. But because of their religion they are being withheld from information that could positively effect their lives
I think there is a stigma Muslim women face in regards to sexual and reproductive health often leading them to having little to no knowledge about it. Muslim women can definitely overcome the barriers involving contraception. Many religious women are less likely to use contraception leading to substantial decisions in regards to it. Following the religious beliefs that wife is a "place of sowing seed" often contrasts with the idea of contraception as they are supposed to be procreating and increasing the number of believers. By educating the young Muslim woman about sex and contraceptives would be a stepping stone into the right direction in keeping them healthy and safer.
I believe that muslim women can start the process to overcome the barriers of contraception by first speaking about the issues with each other and coming together to demand that there is an increase of reproductive health and sexual health education being taught young. It is expected of many muslim women especially in developing countries to have a large family at a young age. With this education, there would be less unwanted pregnancies and DIY abortions that can be deadly.
Knowing about your own body and how to protect against and see the signs of STI's, infections, diseases and cancers is very powerful and important. Doctors are majorly male and these women are being told by their husbands whether or not they are allowed to even have the reproductive health access.
I understand that with the Islamic religion that birth control and abortions may be taboo but to break that stigma there must be first radical discussion.
In todays time, Muslim women have more rights and freedoms than they did in the past. Muslim women always used to be seen as house wives who cook, clean and every other role a typical subservient wife does. Additionally, they were supposed to produce as many kids as they can as big Muslim families keep the bloodlines alive. However, times have changed and Muslim women should not have the right to learn about sex education and make their own decisions. Muslim women should have every right for contraceptives and using them. They are people and everyone should chose to live their lives the way they want to. Muslim women should to be forced to live by rules and stigmas. These stereotypes can really harm these women as improper sex education can lead to unwanted pregnancies, or sexually transmitted diseases. We must educate people through pamphlets and fliers at all doctors offices as well as medical professionals themselves relaying this information. We should have more websites explaining these medical facts with clear details and free classes and lectures that women can attend online or in person to better educate themselves. Muslim women are not living to check a box but to make their own proper decisions based on their education and own opinions, as everyone should. Sex education is important for everyone as if will advance our society in many ways.
The article sheds light on how difficult it is for Muslim women to obtain access to proper sex education and resources. There is a stigma in their culture and religion, that gaining this type of education would push them to participate in sexual activities that are deemed shameful. Muslim women are faced with lots of pressure to satisfy their societies norms when it comes to staying modest and sexually inactive if they're not married. This is harmful to the women because it puts them in dangerous situations. Not being educated on contraceptives, STD's and safe abortions puts women in dangerous situations. Whether it be through forums, pamphlets, or seminars speaking about this topic, it is very important that they know what to do in order to protect themselves. Learning about sex education can also cause for less stigma about participating in sexual activities.
I don't think that there's a way to overcome the barriers of contraception in Islamic nations. They have very strict practices and laws set in place. The only sexual health resource center is prohibited for women who are unwed. And the women who are unwed are not really even sure what the resource center is for. The Islamic women have been given misinformation about sexual health and culture. Due to religious beliefs, many women believe that birth control should never be a factor in contraceptives, among married women of course; however, they do believe that condoms are considered "okay" when it comes to spacing out the birth of children. Even though there are unsafe abortions that take place, claiming the lives of many women, if found out it would be grounds for punishment. It is easier to spread sexual education to Islamic women living in more sexually liberated countries-- as sex is everywhere and some sexual education is even played during commercials.
As mentioned in the article, religion and culture play a large role in one's education outside of schooling. In Islamic communities, many social behaviours are considered to be unacceptable. The idea that talking about sexual reproductive health within the Muslim society leading to pre-marital sex is a late deteriorating factor limiting people having a conversation about SRH since virginity is seen as such a virtue. I think women within the Muslim community can find a way to somehow overcome these barriers through classes and educational resources that may be provided outside of the communities to within. I believe Muslim women can still be very modest and true to their beliefs and religion, but it is important that they are provided with this essential information to at least know their options and understand how they can protect themselves.
In Islamic societies, issues related to sexual and reproductive health are rarely discussed and considered sensitive subjects. For Muslim women, they are expected to be modest and be housewives. Their major role in society is to be a wife, a mother and to care for their husband. I feel like there is such a big stigma behind using contraceptives because it goes against religion and just the lack of knowledge. By allowing Muslim women to take classes and to have pamphlets on this information, they can be educated on how to use contraception. This can also take away the negative stigma behind using contraceptives.
Muslim women are often expected to be obedient wives and mothers staying within the family environment while men are seen as the protectors and caretakers within the family. These gender roles along with societal pressure brought about by religious beliefs accounts for barriers such as lack of basic reproductive knowledge, insufficient knowledge about contraception, misconceptions, and negative attitudes. Identifying and eliminating the barriers that are preventing Muslim women from utilizing contraception are essential. Furthermore, by providing Muslim women proper information in regards to contraceptives in order to combat negative misconceptions the use of contraceptives will be absolutely necessary.
For centuries Muslims women have been taught that their job is to be a wife, subservient to their husband, and keep the bloodline going by having as much children as possible. In today's world, with more rights and freedoms given to Muslim women that narrative is no longer in place While holding their religion in the forefront of their lives, Muslim women can choose to live life the way they want. With that mindset, I feel that more Muslim women should let go of the stigma of contraceptives' by thinking of the overall outlook of their lives, and community as a whole. If more women come up front about the lives they want to live for themselves and take control of their bodies also , and not what tradition has them to believe, more women would use contraceptives.