UK Feminista is a non-profit organisation that campaigns to end equalities between men and women. They were founded in 2010 and rapidly became one of the leading voices nationally of feminism and have prompted social change. Additionally, the organisation provides training and resources to activists and groups to aid their campaign and events and offer passionate voices for feminism.
There have been many advances between men and women, particularly since the 20th century. Giving women the right to vote, the introduction of new divorce laws which made it easier for women to have a divorce. However, the organisation still believes that women are unequal in a political, economic and social equality sense.
The UK Feminista group decided to take a stand and created a Youtube video to raise awareness about the qualms they have on the inequality between men and women.
The group also have a Twitter page with a good followingof 26.1 K followers showing that the page is popular and that they’re tweets are seen by thousands.
The website is very organised and has many tabs named ‘school and colleges’, toolkit, regional training, local groups and resources. The fact that the campaign applies to schools and colleges suggests that the group want to recruit teenagers/young adults suggesting that they want a long term future for the campaign.
Why is it important?
I believe that UK Feminista is important as they give women a voice and use many digital communication tools such as Twitter, Facebook and email. Additionally, the group provide resources and training for activists to conduct their own campaigns. I think this is very important as activists need a platform and to voice their opinions. I wish other organisations did this too. They provide a 3 day training course to build the confidence and improve the skills needed to make social change within communities. The course is free and there is a bursary provided.
UK Feminista show statistics of women across the world:
- In every society on earth, women and girls have less access to resources, opportunities and political power than men.
- Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, earn 10% of the income and own 1% of the property.
- Just 16 of the world’s 188 directly elected leaders are women, and less than 19% of the world’s MPs are women.
The fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work and only earn 10% of the income is astonishing. Something needs to change and UK Feminista is trying to do that. The fact that there are only 16 leaders that are women shows how much change is required. Additionally, less than 19% of the world’s MPs are women, the statistics shown shows the importance of UK Feministas campaign as they try and create social change.