The status of Women in the Maldives has traditionally been fairly high, as attested to in part by the existence of four Sultanas.
Islam is the focus of the Maldivian life in every respect, all being Sunni Muslims. Prayers are conducted five times a day in all mosques on every inhabited island.
Despite being a meaningful and big source of revenue for the Maldives the tourism sector provides lesser empolyment opportunities to the Maldivian people. The biggest chunk of employment opportunities remains with the fishing industry.
The situation of human rights has been very bad in the Maldives. Especially during the regim of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom the atrocities against human rights had been on peak. The media was not free to talk or comment about any government policy.
The constitution of the Maldives makes the country a presidential republic. According to the Maldivian constitution the president is the head of the state whereas the executive power is practiced by the government.
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