A group argues for feminism and claims that the fight is against patriarchy, not men


A group argues for feminism and claims that the fight is against patriarchy, not men

In contrast to popular perceptions of feminism in Africa, a Pan-African group of 17 feminists called Nala Feminist Collective (Nalafem) said on Friday that feminism is not an ideology aimed at upholding the rights of male counterparts but rather a movement aimed at promoting those of women everywhere.

The group asserted that women's inclusion in governance is essential to Africa's development and urged African nations to adopt the principles of feminism and women's rights education.

The first African Union ambassador on youth and the founder of Nalafem, Aya Chebbi, made this statement during a press conference marking the publication of the book "I Am Nala," which collects seven personal narratives from Nala council members.

These members include Rosebell Kagumire, Rose Wachuka Macharia, a feminist author who defends human rights, and Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, executive director of the Stand to End Rape Initiative, and Rosebell Kagumire, chief of staff to the Hon. Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and president of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Oluwaseun Osowobi, STER's executive director, said in a sideline interview with journalists that feminism aims to "tear down all of the assumptions that we have about who a woman should be and is not what it should be.

We're dismantling all of those oppressive systems, like the one that mandates that girls get married before the age of 11 or 12 in order to protect their virginity or that they shouldn't have access to education because boys are smarter than females, she continued.

The inclusion of feminism in the school curriculum is a positive step, Oluwaseun said, but Nigeria and other African nations should put more of focus on the movement by educating women and young girls about their rights.

She asserted that social media initiatives and grassroots community outreach will be very effective in educating people about the importance of accepting gender equality.

In the meantime, Rosebell Kagumire, a leading journalist from Uganda and pan-African feminist, thinks the fight for women's rights and involvement in governance shouldn't be subtle.

She continued by saying that women must speak up against injustice, marginalisation, and degradation in general and abuse in particular.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Tallen, asserted that the Federal Government (FG) must step up efforts to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) in the nation in addition to advocating for women's equality.

She emphasised that President Muhammadu Buhari's and the ministry's policies have been put in place to address GBV issues and ensure that the female child is treated fairly in the nation.

"The ministry is currently addressing policy gaps, bolstering institutional capacity, encouraging gender equitable attitudes, delivering top-notch assistance to survivors, and ensuring social justice for victims of abuse and their families," she said.

"This has led to increased awareness of Nigeria's pledges to gender equality and an ongoing problem with gender-based violence in the nation. created a supportive policy and resource environment for the abolition of gender-based violence against women and girls in all of its forms, and adapted and scaled up evidence-driven prevention programming for the abolition of gender-based violence, as well as scaling up comprehensive assessable and high-quality services for survivors.

 The operation of an intermenstrual gender-based violence valuable community provide super nice and all forms of violence against women and children in the country, as well as directives to the Inspector General police to deal with all public traitors in furtherance of the Declaration of zero tolerance to rape and gender-based violence, are some of the specific milestones.

For her part, activist Aisha Yesufu said that girls should be shielded from all social vices and encouraged to persevere despite prevailing stereotypes.

However, she emphasised that equity and equality are all those girls really require.

"When I play for equality, I don't want to compromise who I am as a woman; it would be unjust to me. When I call for equality, I'm also requesting fairness in treatment. Do you want to see me as a human being with our five senses and a brain when I want equality? I am not an object to be played with. I'm not saying I want to beat up a male when I want equality. I'm just saying that I shouldn't be a victim of beatings that go unpunished," she stated.

Seven stories from Nala council members make up the collection "I Am Nala." Each chapter promotes one or more African Young Women's Beijing + 25 Manifesto demands as well as one or more Sustainable Development Goals.

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