These flippant responces like, 'oh you blame everyone but islam.baaaaawwww' need to be addressed. There is a lot of ignorance like this out there and it'd be better to address them head on than be passive and let them build on that misconception of theirs through our silence.
islam as a system(not subcultures, dictators and other community leaders) which i have been very clear to differentiate, as a system has introduced rights for both sexes and enshrined those right to be legally binding for all times. in that we were not only the worlds first major contributors towards womens liberation and empowerment, but remain as only major ideology that has and continues to address every aspect of womens and provide a solution to create balanced a society.
The west on the otherhand, though they may boast now, has not only trailed behind us in terms of introducing basic rights which they now take for granted, but have also failed to draw a balance and safeguard those very rights in any constructive way whatsoever. so we dont need to be taking any lessons from the west since there is very little good to take from them. we were already one step ahead and have a comprehensive legal and social framework in islam, drawing a balance between these rights and societal needs.
The west has yet to do the same, so far as i can see they still remain behind us, and thus far have only papered over the cracks while more appear elsewhere. And until they actually solve their issues rather simply pretend they have, i feel its perfectly reasonable and legitimate to tell them to either put up or shut up. they're not in any position to be giving us any lessons in this department.
we as muslims have a lot of hurdles in our paths, and we are right to direct our anger and frustrations out at the leaders who came into power in the muslim world since the destruction of the khilafah, we also face discrimination as minorities in the west and on top of that our sisters also suffer the same general discrimination women go through in the west. so its not like we're ignorant of the alternative lifestyle the west offers either.
both our communities (muslim and non-muslim) have very severe issues we need to address, the problems are real and hurting society at large, i was born and raised in the west so i wont say people in general are bad and out to hurt women, but the problems we see and read about are deep lying and the stats of discrimination in the UK and west in general though shocking, are just a mere symptom of deeper underlying problems which no one can pinpoint.
So for me islam remains as the only comprehensive solution to the issue of womens rights, today.