Our Favourite Feminist Quotes of 2018 for Africans
The year 2018 was good for feminist activism. More and more women have become vocal about women’s rights issues. Young girls all over the world are taking up spaces like never before: Nigerian’s 7 year old Moyinoluwa Oluwaseun is a professional photographer who shoots after school; Emma Gonzalez fights against gun violence in the USA, all around the world girls are shedding patriarchy and showing their powers.
Feminists have been powerfully vocal on issues that empower and emancipate us all. We’re excited to be a part of what the next year holds for the rise of women and gender equality.
These 5 powerful statements are our Favourite Feminist Quotes of 2018 for Africans. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
#1. If you thought I spoke a lot about women already, know that I am just getting started.
-Ms Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia
Ms Zewde was elected President of Ethiopia by both Houses of the Ethiopian parliament, making her the country’s first Female President and currently Africa’s only female Head of State. Her promise to work on issues to improve women’s welfare and status formed part of her acceptance speech.
African women’s issues certainly need and deserve more attention than the governments currently give them. We need more women occupying top governmental bodies and President of Africa’s second most populous country is a good place to start.
The Nigerian Law School 2018 Class produced 161 First Class Students and 113 are female. When @SansHubris tweeted this and added “The future is female”, Ibukun Awosika was quick to respond:
#2. I truly hope the future is both.
We don’t want to make the same mistake by just flipping the gender.
We truly need both male and female working together to createa world that works for all of us.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, First Bank Nigeria Ltd.
We love. The phrase ‘the future is female’ was coined and projected to show that women are reclaiming their powers and rights all over the world; to teach girls more everyday about the powers that they wield; and to absolutely refute limitations and gender stereotypes. But it’s great not to leave boys behind either. We need to cover up the gender gap through equitable measures while working with men and women to achieve the life we want. The future is Gender Equality.
#3. I live the life of a feminist in my home, and in my religious, social and political spaces.
– Dr Musimbi Kanyoro, President/CEO, Global Fund for Women.
Dr Musimbi Kanyoro is an international leader, feminist educator, activist and theologian who currently works in the USA on population and reproductive health issues. She is the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, a feminist foundation.
In a continent where people want to push feminism out of domestic, religious and cultural spaces, it is so important to be reminded that feminism is all-encompassing and should be advocated for within all circles and spaces. Gender equality should- and must- exist in African homes, socio-cultural, religious and political fronts. Thank you, Dr Kanyoro.
#4. Girls want an Education. Not a husband.
-Human Rights Watch, International Day of the Girl 2018
In a world where young girls are prevented from schooling and forcefully married, it’s pivotal to restate that what girls want, need and desperately deserve is an education. Not a husband before 18. Not kids before 18. Not husband or children in place of education and empowerment.
#5. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice. I tried my best to speak the truth and shed light on the stories of people who are often brushed aside.
-Michelle Obama, former FLOTUS
Her memoir is such a powerful and riveting book, becoming (pun intended) America’s bestselling book of 2018 within just 2 weeks of its release, having sold 2 million copies. Ms Obama’s words always remain with us and this message is necessary for feminism in Africa.
We need to speak our truth. We must learn the power of using our individual and collective voices to speak for gender equality.
We’ve loved 2018. Thank you, next.