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It is so interesting how people distance themselves from feminism yet they are feminists. Today, I read an article in one of the daily  Uganda newspapers and the writer was explaining the fact that there is no distinct line between girls and mathematics; and the false  belief that mathematics and beautiful girls are like  oil and water- they do not mix. She further explained that she learnt from an early age that being a female wasn’t a disadvantage.  “I really get upset when opportunities are denied to one by a virtue of their gender, I hate stereotypes … I hate living in a box” she declared. And then she put a disclaimer, I don’t count myself a feminist, in fact I don’t quite understand what feminism is really about.

  In simple terms, Feminism is an ideology that believes in the social, political, and economic equality of women and men full stop. It challenges  and questions the power imbalance between men and women, discrimination, injustice and marginalization of women and girls in all spheres of life.

So why it is that many people feel uncomfortable with the word Feminism?

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