Thursday, 9 April 2015

An open letter by a Feminist to an African Feminist

By Ekta Handa

Dear Fellow Feminist,

I am writing this letter on behalf of all us feminists facing similar challenges as you do. I am writing this letter to let you know that you are not alone in this struggle, and that our efforts will bear fruit one day.

We live in a patriarchal world, men have ruled the world since time immemorial and females are looked down upon as subordinates to their male counterparts. Our fellows all around the world have been fighting for equal rights for women at home and at work. The struggle which started hundreds of years ago is still continuing.

I am writing this letter to tell you that society will try and pull you down, men will demean you, you will be given sermons on womanhood, motherhood and domesticity, and religious institutions will pass orders against you; you will be called names and there will be times when all you would want is to give in. Take my advice, don’t give in. think of the countless number of women who have given their lives to this cause, the many dreams you saw for yourself as a little girl and the people who think you won’t be able to achieve them because you are a woman; think of the pleasure you will get on seeing their defeated faces, but most of all think of the little girl who dreamed of touching the skies, and how you’ll be letting her down if you give up.

Dear Friend, there will be times even your own people will stand against you. Your parents, your lover/husband, your friends who would want you to sit at home, cook, rear children and run the household. Be strong! There are many of us facing the same challenges. 

You will be judged and expected to sacrifice at every point in your life, remember girl, don’t do anything that your conscience doesn’t allow. You are the master of your destiny, don’t let anyone rule you.

Fight the world that makes you feel inferior, fight your way through, there is light at the end of the tunnel; and fight for the endless struggles you, your mother, your grandmother and great grandmothers faced, fight for the future daughters.

In the end, I would just say, FIGHT, because there is no other way to survive.


A Feminist from across the ocean


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