At Yen.com.gh, we have been discussing what the new feminist movement or the Pepper Dem Ministries is and why it is struggling to make an impact.
Although there are a few women, it is mostly a collection of women. They are from privileged or fortunate backgrounds or are found among privileged groupings.
They are educated, social media savvy and usually want more than just “sending the girl-child to school”.
But the Pepper Dem Ministries is failing to raise awareness for their cause and YEN.com.gh knows why.
1. Ghana is a very conservative society
As much as we like to credit ourselves on being a peaceful and progressive country, the Ghanaian way of life is largely conservative. We are suspicious of cultural change and so we are slow to it.
We continue to believe that a woman’s place is behind a man. It is therefore no surprise that political and cultural challenges have been put in the way of feminists looking for equality.
2. The movement has too many 'rich kids'
You cannot blame people for coming from wealthy and/or connected homes. It is even difficult telling people what to do with their wealth and connections.
But we have to note that the reason most Ghanaians do not want to listen to the New Feminist movement is because they feel no connection to them.
A simple interaction with most of the feminists will reveal that they are from a different economic class than most Ghanaians.
3. Social media is not the streets
By some numbers, there are over 3 million Ghanaians on Twitter and Facebook. Much of the protests and advocacy done by the feminists are done on social media.
But the streets, corners and markets of Ghana bigger than social media. Feminists have to put their bodies on the line in the streets constantly to make change happen.
4. They do not have enough men
Last but not least, the new feminist movement is suffering because they do not have a lot of men. If feminists are right and the world is designed against women, they need more men to help.
They need men simply just as the underprivileged need opportunities from the privileged. So far, what we see are needless confrontations and angry conflicts.
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