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Writing Exercise for a History ClassWrite a memorandum on behalf of the women in saudi...

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safiyanusrut | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 13, 2009 at 9:20 AM via web

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Writing Exercise for a History Class

Write a memorandum on behalf of the women in saudi arabia to the secretary general of the united nations.

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted January 13, 2009 at 1:02 PM (Answer #3)

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First of all, what is it that they are writing about?  Their social status?  The situations they face as a result of their subordinate status compared to the men around them?  You might do well to include a specific concern, rather than welfare in general.  Think of it this way... if you received an F on a paper, and the teacher's only explanation was that it "wasn't good", would you even know where to start in terms of improving it?  Make sure you present a specific, clearly defined problem or greivance, so that the problem appears to be something with which the UN can work.  If your complaint is that life is just difficult, well, join the throngs of us who work for a living just to barely make ends meet

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 19, 2009 at 10:11 PM (Answer #4)

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The first thing you must do is to do some investigative work. Do the women of Saudi Arabia have an agenda? If so where is its concentration? It is important for you to clarify specific points from the general agenda. Also, your memorandum must state whether it's forum is the voice of the majority of Saudi women, and if so it should include a possible remedy. The United Nations is best served when those who seek help can also contemplate solutions. 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM (Answer #5)

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The women of Saudi Arabia have very few rights.  The situation has improved somewhat in recent years, but they are still for the most part second class citizens.  If I was a woman from Saudi Arabia addressing the Secretary General (and my life or liberty would likely be in danger because of it), I would point out the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and ask that both the UN and its member nations pressure Saudi Arabia to enact reforms so that the country is in compliance with that Declaration.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM (Answer #6)

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I would include details about how women are treated. They cannot be seen in public without a man. They have to keep their faces covered in public. They serve their husbands and brothers, rather than being equals. They can be punished, even killed, for the smallest offense.

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