WHAT IS FEMINISM?
There have been many misconceptions when the topic of feminism arises. The most common one being the belief that feminism is an extremist movement in the female pursuit of power and matriarchy. This belief has caused men and women alike to disregard the idea of feminism. Even more sadly, this false thought may have resulted in more women being discouraged from participating in the feminism movement. FEMINISM IS NOT ABOUT ONE GENDER BEING ABOVE THE OTHER GENDER. IT IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY TO FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS.
We have moved on far from the old ages where people exclude women from meetings as well as banning entry to participate in political matters. Yet gender inequality still occurs in many places be it in education, health, identity, work, violence or even today’s very own political world. This threat is very much real in our daily lives and it happens ever so frequently that we do not realise them be it catcalling a passing lady, making dirty innuendos or even to more serious cases such as disregarding female voices in the political court.
With #HeForShe, we are contributing to the promotion of gender equality. Feminism is not an act to show female superiority but it is a movement to gain the rights that women deserve and the willingness to carry even burdens of responsibilities.
And to all men, do not let the term feminism discourage you from participating if you believe in gender equality. FEMINISM IS NOT DETRIMENTAL TO MEN. Consequently, it might even benefit them. We are all fighting for gender equality and if we succeed, we would all experience freedom from general stereotypes. “If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive,” quotes Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. This, is true feminism.
There are many ways in which we can participate in the #HeForShe movement as individuals (http://www.heforshe.org/-/media/heforshe/files/actionkits/launch_action_kits/heforshe_action_kit_individuals.pdf?la=en). Remember that a small act, when done repeatedly, will have a magnificent impact.
Together, we fight for equality.