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‘De-radicalizing’ Feminism on International Women’s Day 1

8 Mar 2024

I say so because the socio-cultural landscape that led to the rise of the feminist movement was marred with several deeply deep-seated issues affecting women's lives that were not going to change by simply massaging the egos of the patriarchy. [...] What, though, is feminism? The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.” When you dig deeper into the history and meaning of feminism, you come across what is referred to as the “waves of feminism.” There are four of them, I be. [...] The third wave, starting in the 1990s, broadened the agenda to include issues of race, sexuality, and gender identity, facilitated by the internet. [...] Anyway, suffice it to say that by the time Ghana transitioned to democratic governance in the 1990s, globally, a lot of gains had been made in the feminism movement; hence, women had the right to vote, amongst other things. [...] I feel this nullifies the struggles of women who led the fight for the liberation of women along the several waves of feminism, although the fight is not necessarily complete.
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