Energy Deprivation and the Intra-gender Approach to Global Feminism (Part 1).
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International Women’s Day began as an initiative to honour working class women. Over a century later, and working class women the world over still face systematic marginalization. Although women perform 66% of the world’s labour, they receive only 11% of the world’s income and own just 1% of the world’s land. However the sheer magnitude of marginalization, it is a marginalization that is more prevalent in some regions of the world than in others. Far too frequently, the feminist struggles of working class women in developing regions of the world go unacknowledged. Working class women in Sub-Saharan Africa for instance, continue day after day with their marginalised realities neither recognised nor honoured. How? Firstly, women in post-conflict West Africa continue to suffer violence at alarming levels and with shocking frequency. Conflicts posed by political instability and ideological disputes are prevalent in developing regions, with Sub-Saharan Africa having its fair share. As a result, Sub-Saharan Africa’s women struggle with a myriad of critical needs ranging from achieving total independence as adults, to overcoming harrowing security struggles. To recall the words of English writer and political activist George Monbiot, “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire“. The question is not whether these women are deserving of their full rights as humans, but whether the forces that work against women’s empowerment are willing to let them enjoy their full rights as humans. Women from Sub-Saharan Africa have been relegated to the back of global women’s socio-eco-political bus.
The piece below was adapted from an article by African author Ify Otuya. It depicts a peculiar blend of pop culture and feminism. It argues for basic feminist objectives, but through the rhythm, tempo, language and flair of pop culture. It includes valuable statistics about women’s disenfranchised realities across the globe, questioning, rejecting and proffering solutions to these institutional injustices. It is a piece that could very well be seen as an interesting foreplay of feminist theory meets pop consumerism. That being said, it fiercely challenges conventional method of dissecting feminism, thereby pushing the boundaries of feminist discourse. Adapted and re-published with permission. ©2014. Secular African Society. All Rights Reserved.
A Woman’s Place is in the Democratic and Popular Revolution ~ By Ify Otuya.
‘We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the triumph of the revolution. Women hold up the other half of the sky’
Female feminists who speak passionately of women’s disenfranchised realities, risk being perceived as braburning man-haters. Even though in reality, many of them love men; like, really really love men… good men.
Women’s Empowerment Theme Song – Who Run the World?
It’s that hallowed time of the year again – International Women’s Day!
The date March 8 is a legitimate excuse to emphasise yet again, just how much gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. The day is an opportunity to rally across the globe with events and ideas for generating relevant policies that stress the vital role of women as potent agents of development! The UN’s allocated Continue reading
The United Kingdom is today known and equally lauded for defending and upholding values of women’s rights. The U.K however wasn’t always this way. England, which is the eco-demographic hub of the U.K (housing 100 of Europe’s 500 largest corporations, accounting for 84% of the combined total of the U.K’s population, and upon whose legal system, developed over centuries, is the basis of Common Law the world over) at one point promoted laws that persecuted women simply for being women!
Women were burt alive for killing their husbands (even when done in self-defence), practicing “witchcraft”, defying orthodox status quo by seeking academic pursuits and independence, demanding the rights to sue and to own property. Uncannily, men who did the same or similar were vindicated by order of the very same cumulation of ancestral and fundamentalist religious tradition!