FEMINISM AS A WEAK POINT

Over the past decades, feminism has been viewed as a weak point. The title would attract so many questions towards the author as to why he chose to use it and put it that way. The world and across different nations have been and still pushing for gender equality. For instance in Kenya, we have a body called National Gender and Equality Commission whose mandate has been to contribute to the reduction of gender inequalities and the discrimination against all; women, men, persons with disabilities, the youth, children, the elderly,  minorities and marginalized communities. The commission has spearheaded the introduction of 2/3 gender rule in parliament but lacked political good will from the political players in advancing the agenda.

However, during the recent 2017 general elections we have witnessed exemplary improvements in terms of political seats for women. Out of 47 county governments, 3 county governments are currently managed by women as governors. This is an improvement compared to last election of 2013 where we had 0 women governors.

We have heard over recent years and in this 21st century where old, young, men, women and even children use feminism to insult the other. For instance, a Kiswahili insult one would use is “wacha umama” which would mean leave your motherly act, “peleka umama kule” meaning take your motherly act somewhere else or “uko na umama” which would mean you behave in a motherly act. There are very strong insults which would portray feminism and belittle that particular type of gender.

This begs the question of how does the society still views the feminism gender?

How and who does a motherly act look like? I don’t know, do you?

Have we truly moved as a nation in the fight against gender discrimination and inequalities or we are hiding beneath our shelves and burying our heads under the sand and act as if everything is okay. As a nation we need to truly be honest with ourselves and fight gender inequalities narratives that we speak everyday which we find them as norms.

Women themselves have contributed tremendously about gender inequalities narratives imposed on them when they themselves use those narratives/insults to mock other women, children and men. We also experienced some male politicians using feministic insults to drive their political agendas

Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and equally the community and nation needs to ensure we reach and achieve this goal by stopping the use of feministic insults to their counterparts.

Author

Evans Ouma

Stretchers Youth Organization

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