KATHMANDU, May 22: Feminism has been defined in a lot of different ways. While some might think it is women flexing their muscles and trying to be like men, others believe it is women demanding their right for equality in every aspect. In a society like ours where men still rule the roost in almost every field, what do people really understand about feminism?
According to Ramesh Timsina, “Feminism is a movement initiated by women to ensure their social, political, legal and cultural rights in a patriarchal society. Particularly, they raise their voice for liberation and identity along with an equity-based society.”
Similarly, Praveen Bhusal says, “It’s the movement committed to securing and defending rights and opportunities for women who are equal to those of men with the belief that it needs to be done!”
A man and woman are pillars of society, with each needing rights and treatment equal to that of the other. So it is only to be expected that women would be asking for rights that are due them.
Sonam Lama, 18, a student of Trinity College, says, “I think feminism is a social movement for every woman’s right to social, political and economic equality, just as it is for a man.”
Some, like Vijay Budathoki, opine, “Feminism means a group of women demanding 50% quota in every sector.” Something like a means to an end.
While everyone believes that feminism is about women demanding equality for themselves in the society, what is actually being done?
Nirajan Pudasaini states, “Women’s empowerment is a term introduced to provide equal opportunity for women. It’s a phrase introduced to help “incapable” and “incompetent” women to be capable and competent. If women become competent, feminism is not needed.”
Is it true? Is feminism really only a tool to uplift “incompetent” women to all the potentials of their lives? Whether it is a good thing or bad probably depends on the woman.