Being a female student who participated in three different sports in high school, I find it astounding that females are not allowed to participate in sports in the Middle East. Girls receive no physical education in state schools and many private schools rarely even offer it to them. So why are women banned from playing such a thrilling game? Why are they not allowed the same physical and psychological benefits as men?
Women are Denied Healthier Lifestyles
Obesity in the Middle East area has been increasing drastically. Women are now developing diseases related to obesity such as diabetes and heart disease. If women were allowed to play sports this would help keep the obesity rates a lot lower and women would have less of a risk for develop life-threatening diseases.
Practicing Sport is an Islamic Necessity
Allah actually engaged his followers to play sports, which is one of the best forms of exercise. The only requirement for a Muslim woman to practice sport is to cover all parts of her body that should not be exposed to others. Thus, women should be allowed to play.
Women sports are believed to lead to moral corruption. Many governments have shut down women’s gym and women health centers because of this. A woman is to preserve her dignity and honor by not playing sports or participating in any form exercise.
Saudi Arabia is one of three countries that have never sent a female to the Olympics. It is incredibly difficult for this country to recognize women’s rights. This issue has been very prominent and ongoing for years. They are just now “considering” ending the ban on sports in girls’ state schools. This idea is crazy to me. I believe that this ban should have ended a long time ago. Women should be able to express themselves and participating in sports would allow them to do that. It is hard to believe that this ban has gone on for so long. Women have been able to participate in sports in the United States for a while now and it’s interesting to see that some countries still haven’t gotten past gender discrimination. It is really off putting to know that women are not getting the same right as us and they deserve to have those rights. Why is this ban still an issue today? Will the Middle East be able to overcome it?