Today’s issue will be focused on feminism and the ways we address other women who are not feminist.
First, what is feminism and what does it entails?
According to Wikipedia,
Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define,establish,and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.
In most African homes the girl child is only allowed to aspire to marriage,every other thing is secondary. She is not suppose to be too career oriented and she is expected to make decisions keeping in mind that one day she will end up in a man’s kitchen. To me feminism is an ideology that advocates for the emancipation of the girl child.
Civilization has thought us that its not only men that can perform in a boardroom,women can also perform well. There is even a popular saying that “what a man can do a woman can do better”.
On the other side,there are other group of women who don’t buy the idea of feminism. They still feel a woman is a weaker vessel and as such should hide under the shadow of a man. To them a woman is suppose to be seem not heard.
What Is Your Role As A Feminist?
As a feminist your role to other women is suppose to be that of an educator. Some women believe feminism is a 21st century evil that leads to divorce or even delay in marriage. Your role is to enlighten them that a real man respects and honors a woman who knows her place in the society and fights for it. Feminism is not evil rather a man who abuses a woman mentally and physically is the real evil. According to the bible a woman is suppose to be an helper but what we see today are men who subject a woman to a slave and expect her to be mute about it.
They treat her in a disrespectful way and she is expected to keep quiet and endure. A woman should never settle for less. In some homes the male children have more say than the wife.
Although there are extremist who take feminism to another dimension. As a human being we have been given a discerning spirit to know right from wrong,you know an extremist when you hear one and it is left for you to know how to answer them.
We are also suppose to help them. An abused woman needs all the help you can give her. She needs somebody to give her a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Your first advise to her should be to leave any negative environment that causes her pain before thinking of settling any issues. After all its only the living that can settle issues.
Taking a legal step will only depend on the people and issues involved. Most times family meeting is all you need.
Lastly,We cannot remove the place of prayer from the issue at hand. I tell people,pray without season,there is absolutely nothing prayer cannot do. When God arrest an abusive man he will have no choice other than to change. Prayer can move mountain.
Till I come your way next,bye for now.
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Ifeoma Remmy Anaekwe.
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