International Women’s Day 2015

Happy International Women’s Day friends! Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The one day I allow myself to write about a couple of my other passions on here – human rights, and women’s rights. This year, I want to talk about the f-word. The world that gets us all riled up.

Feminism.

What even is feminism? The word seems to have such a stigma attached to it nowadays, all too often it’s become associated with man hating… Thinking that women are the ‘better sex’… Wanting women to be more powerful than men… This is all absolute rubbish.

Feminism is quite simply advocating for women’s rights, and we need this because no country in this world has achieved gender equality. Nope, not the USA, the UK, or whatever ideological society you’re thinking of. Name me a country where a woman can walk down the street and not be cat-called. Where women are always paid the same as their male counterparts. Where nobody is told to ‘man-up’ or ‘grow some balls’ in a call to get them to toughen up, because men are the tough ones right? Every single country in this world is a patriarchy.

We need feminism because we need women and men to be equal.

We need feminism because women’s rights are human rights.

We need feminism because female rape victims are still blamed rather than their perpetrators.

We need feminism because one in four women are expected to experience violence in their lifetimes.

We need feminism because women are objectified in the media on a daily basis.

We need feminism because no is not enough.

We need feminism because no woman should ever be scared to leave her house.

We need feminism because a woman should be able to be whoever she wants to be, whether that is an engineer, a waitress or a wife.

We need feminism because FGM still exists.

We need feminism because a wife is still expected to take her husband’s name when they marry.

We need feminism because the sexual abuse of women is used as a weapon of war.

We need feminism because men still achieve a higher standard of education than women.

We need feminism because a woman should be able to wear whatever she wants to wear, she isn’t asking for anything.

We need feminism because 700,000 to 4 million girls are sold into prostitution each year, and no the majority do not have a choice.

We need feminism because women and girls aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are from war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents.

We need feminism because nobody will talk about these problems.

We need feminism because nobody should feel forced to conform to gender norms. Being feminine and male should not be an issue.

We need feminism because we need to be whoever who want to be.

We need feminism because a woman should not need to walk with a man to make her feel safe.

We need feminism because we need choice.

We need feminism because of this.

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