“The term “feminism” has been twisted, smeared, and degraded over the years," she wrote. "While my generation of Western women have received the benefits of feminism, many of us recoil from the word, as if it was something to be ashamed of. The irony leaves me incredulous, especially when there is still so much more to be done in terms of women’s rights on a global scale. In my view, the F word urgently needs to be reviewed, revamped, reconsidered and revalued.
“When I encounter women born into and living in chronic and endemic poverty, in (so called) developing countries, who have no access to education because people cannot afford to send their girls to school, and education for girls is not looked upon as a priority, I envisage myself in their situation, and wonder how I could cope with the unimaginable challenges they face on a daily basis.
“When I consider global gender disparity in terms of human rights, sexual and reproductive rights, legislative rights, I find it absolutely staggering that so little has changed for so many for so long.”
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