A few years ago the word ‘feminist’ seemed to make quite a few people feel uncomfortable.
It carried a kind of stigma – a bad rap – and was often perceived as unmentionable and polarising.
Two years ago I received a photograph from a fellow feminist advocate who had just walked past a London newsagent’s stand and noticed that every single women’s magazine had the previously unmentionable ‘f word’ displayed on its front cover.
Evidence – if we needed it – that awareness was rising and progress was moving towards the zeitgeist again.
The feminist movement is and has always been a broad church with different interpretations – opinions and ideas.
But today thanks to #MeToo – Times Up and the women’s march movements – feminism has re-emerged from the closet and is gaining profile and popularity.
From my perspective however there is still work to do.
Feminism needs to be understood and appreciated – not only in the west – but where women’s needs are greatest – in places and countries where women and girls are not even near the lowest rung of the human rights ladder.
I’m impatient to see the glass ceiling being smashed in my lifetime.
That’s why I founded an organisation called The Circle.
And that’s why I want to create a wave of online advocacy to help people understand and start using the term ‘global feminism’.
I want everyone to appreciate the concept of Feminism in terms of the bigger picture of global inequality.