If there is any word that has caused a lot of stir over the last couple of years is the word feminism. The word has become so confusing and mucked with a lot of mud. As I researched for this piece I found out that feminism is very diverse and it is very deep to understand.
So what is feminism?
We have to start with the basics in order to understand this topic well. Feminism can be described as ideologies and movements which are aimed at equal rights for women. However it can also be defined in many other ways. According to Kathy Kaprino a Forbes writer describes feminism as a round of many things. Some that stood out are advocacy for women rights and a belief that women and men should have the same equal rights.
What are the stages of feminism?
Feminism has however taken many dimensions and has grown in the African and western contexts. In the western context feminism is taken into 4 waves. The first wave occurred in the 19th and 20th century. Its main issues included articulating for some rights for women including the right to vote and public participation. The second wave of feminism occurred between the 60’s and 80’s. It tried to address cultural inequalities, gender norms and roles of women. The third wave of feminism was a continuation of the second wave and addressed almost the same issues as the second waves of feminism did.
In the African context, feminism is a bit different. In an article done by Mina Salami she discusses the different stages of African feminism. Here is how she describes them:
Does feminism matter?
Feminism is commonly misunderstood and it is important to get to facts right. That is why we will continue points related to feminism and why we think it is important for you to think about it. That is why we will try and explain this in a series of articles (though not following each other).