8 March 2018

Africa: What Would Change If Women Had More Power - Feminism in the Future


There are enormous practical benefits to having women in spaces of power where their voices are heard in policy and planning and, academic and civil society, media and the arts and every other field.

It was exciting to read that Merriam-Webster had declared "feminism" the 2017 word of the year. They reported that the word had been searched throughout the year, corresponding with moments of activism, art, and the Hollywood reports that led to the #MeToo campaign. There certainly is growth in the feminist face of public discourse. But where the power sits it is often quite difficult to see what has changed.

Ben Pennings recently wrote a piece in New Matilda that analysed the gendered politics of mass killings in America. Where "90 percent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male".

Time reported last year that only three of the 194 mass shooters in America since 1966 have been women. People immediately ask questions after a mass shooting about race, ethnicity, mental state - but they never ask about gender.

It occurred to me that even though I have been discussing the power of the NRA and the lobbying culture in...


Rafael Marques: Hero Award 'Mirrors Hope of Angolans for Change'

Angolan anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques was presented with the 2018 IPI World Press Freedom Hero award at a… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.