Letter from IWI Director
- Is Feminism a Dirty Word?
The dictionary definition of a feminist is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men. Fewer women are associating themselves as feminists because the term has developed a “man hater” stigma. Now more than ever, it is necessary for men to be supportive of women and to become feminists because if there are more men, it would be harder to tag feminists as man haters.
When feminism first became popular, it was mostly women working for women’s rights. Now there are more men joining the movement and we are not just fighting for women’s rights — we are arguing for gender equality.
Many presidents, celebrities and other world leaders have spoken up about women’s equality and it's a wonderful thing to see so many people are concerned about how women globally are treated. Equality among diverse populations is something much of the world has been working toward for many years and it is surprising and sad that we are still working on fighting the battle.
The misconception is that being a feminist is being a “man-hater." Being a feminist is being someone who believes that every person should share equal rights. It is wonderful to see those in the public eye speak out for women’s equality and doing what seems to be the most difficult thing to do — getting men to become feminists.
However, this will be an uphill battle. In order for men to become feminists, women must not be afraid to speak out about being a feminist. Being a feminist is not a derogatory term. It does not mean that you hate men. Being a feminist is not something that any woman should be afraid of being called. It is something they should be proud of being — something people of every gender should be proud of becoming.
People are coming together from all over the world — and have been for many years — to fight for women’s equality. There will be no stopping until we are all equal. Women are not asking to be treated better than men or to have any privileges — they are simply asking to have equal treatment.
Such a basic request made by the gender which comprises more than half of our world, must be met swiftly. There is no longer any room for archaic excuses of the old world order. Women live in the same world as men and perform more and more of the same tasks.
Think of a world where women everywhere can have equal rights to men. We have the capability to change the world with our voices and our support for an issue, but all of that means nothing if we do not have the voice to fight for what we want. The changes must begin at home. If we are unable to set the example in our own nations, we will never have a glimmer of hope for bettering the lives of women beyond our borders. No feminism is not a dirty word.....inequality is.
Founder and Executive Director
IWI Survivor's Blog Highlights
There have been many vital issues addressed by the writers and photographers of IWI Survivor's Blog. The highlights are:
- New Year Resolution #27: 5 Good Reasons To Stop Watching Porn - by Lauren Treiber. Ms. Treiber explores why 2015 should be the year of no porn, in the latest addition to IWI Survivor's Blog: New Year Resolution #27: 5 Good Reasons To Stop Watching Porn. For the full article click here.
- Challenges For Women In Leadership - by Isabella Siebt. Take an insight into the presence and status of women in paid employment in Isabella Siebt's IWI Survivor's Blog: Challenges For Women In Leadership. Despite advocacy in international development organisations to alleviate poverty for the world’s women, the sector has still not come of age with respect to women’s leadership. For full article click here.
- Women Arrested For Daring To Drive - by Andrew Lord. A great new piece on IWI Survivor's Blog: Women Arrested For Daring To Drive, by Andrew Lord. In today’s world there are many unjust restrictions on the movement of women, but in only one country is it still forbidden for women to drive a car - Saudi Arabia. Read his full article by clicking here.
- IWI's Blog is supporting the recognition of January as Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month — if we each do our part, everyone can experience freedom. For more information click here.
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