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Global Feminism

‘Like millions of women and men, I feel hugely inspired by the development of the #MeToo, Time’s Up and Women’s March movements. I am proud to call myself a feminist and stand in solidarity with everyone who understands the vital need for change in attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls. The feminist movement is a broad church with different interpretations, opinions and ideas. Feminism needs to be relevant, appreciated and respected especially where the needs are greatest —in countries where women and girls are not even near the lowest rung of the ladder in terms of being able to realise the most fundamental of human rights.

I identify myself as a “Global Feminist” to describe where I’m coming from. I believe in equality of rights, with empowerment and justice made available for every woman and girl in every corner of the world.’
– Annie Lennox, Founder of The Circle

 

The Global Feminism campaign was started by Annie Lennox to ensure a better understanding of global inequality, to create a new wave of inclusive feminism. Global Feminists believe in the ‘equality of rights, with empowerment and justice made available to every woman and girl in every corner of the world’.

 

To find out more, view our Global Feminism presentation here

Why women and girls?

Around the world, women are worse positioned in social, economic and political hierarchies. Women everywhere are more likely to experience sexual and domestic violence and less likely to influence decisions that affect their lives. Gender instersects with race, ethnicity, class, income, sexual orientation and disability, meaning that not all women experience gender inequality in the same way and to the same degree.

Poverty has a female face. Women are more likely than men to be poor. While both men and women suffer in poverty, gender discrimination means that women have far fewer resources to cope. They are likely to be the last to eat, the ones least likely to access healthcare, and routinely trapped in time-consuming, unpaid domestic tasks. They have more limited options to work or build businesses. Adequate education may lie out of reach. Some end up forced into sexual exploitation as part of a basic struggle to survive. In addition to this, women’s organisations and services are woefully underfunded.


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