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A women's rights activist holds a sign during a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Activists are calling for equality for women in the work place and stronger laws against discrimination and human trafficking for child prostitution, along with strengthening abortion rights. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

These are just some of the absurd ways women's rights are being restricted worldwide


These are just some of the absurd ways women's rights are being restricted worldwide

WATCH | The U.S. is far from the only country facing gender injustices.  

On Saturday, women marched to promote equality and freedom. Here are just a few laws on the books around the world currently holding women back. 

Female protestors, including a woman wearing a headband in the colors of the Syrian revolutionary flag, chant slogans during a demonstration demanding the trial of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)


Women can't leave the house without their husbands' permission, "unless for a legitimate excuse," according to Equality Now

Saudi Arabia

Women in Saudi Arabia face some of the harshest legal restrictions in the world. Chief among them a ban on driving. While there is no law formerly prohibiting women from driving, religious rulings prohibit it.

Women are finding a challenge to the status quo. In 2011, a social media campaign encouraging women to post photos and videos of themselves driving had little success. 

El Salvador 

The Latin American country is one of five with a total ban on abortion (Nicaragua, Chile, Honduras, and the Domincan Republic are the other four). There are no exceptions, even if a woman is raped or her life is at risk.

Various media reports have documented women who suffered miscarriages or stillbirths being jailed for murder. 

Hindu women dressed in colorful festive sarees rest after participating in a procession as part of Ganga Dussehra festival at a temple in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Hindus across the country celebrate Ganga Dussehra by worshiping the River Ganges, which is considered the most sacred and holiest river. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)


Marital rape is not criminal in India. While rape is illegal, exceptions are made for husbands if the wife is over the age over 15. 


Inheritance law in Tunisia favors men, who inherit twice as much as women. According to Human Rights Watch, brothers and male family members, such as cousins, are entitled to a greater share of an inheritance. 

Additionally, mothers who remarry cannot have their children live with them.  

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