African Feminism Discussion paper July 2022
Introduction | Global: Brief history of feminism | Continental: African Feminisms | African feminism spectrum | Charter of African Feminist Principles for African Feminists | Regional: Southern Africa | Local: South Africa | Feminist organisations in South Africa | Role of young women | Young women led feminist groups in Africa | Challenging harmful cutlural practices | The role of men | Why we still need feminism | The future of African Feminism | Questions for discussion
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With the growth of feminist organizations across the continent led by young women, feminism seems to be taking a central presence in digital spaces. Given that many young people today spend majority of their time online, social media and other online platforms provide a useful tool for African feminists to reach multiple audiences. The wide appeal that digital feminism provides will be instrumental in mobilizing for action across many gender-sensitive topics as has evidenced by movements such as #FeesMustFall #MyDressMyChoice and #MenAreTrash. Future African feminism might see a further proliferation of such movements founded on hashtags and translated into massive offline action. The question becomes how to consolidate these online and offline actions into policies that can be adopted by lawmakers and turned into laws and provisions that empower women.
However, with the spread of online feminism, it is also important to remember that there are millions of women across the continent who lack access to ICT services and thus online feminism exclusively might be an area of deepening inequalities. Messages and campaigns against GBV sent through tweets and Facebook posts may not reach women and men without internet access. There is need therefore to conceptualize other innovative ways of getting to such marginalized groups.