ROOM #02

“Feminism has long been associated to its most extreme version, and it is for this reason that people consider feminists as crazy women that hit men and do not shave themselves. Very negative stereotypes, right? It is an attack to feminism; this is why people no long want to associate to what other people have told me. Why do you call yourself feminist? Why don’t you call yourself a humanist or an equalist? But this is what feminism is. Feminism is justice for all. But there is a need to define the problem. And the problem is that women have been excluded. Therefore, we need to define it for what it really is, especially because it is wrong”.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Enugu, 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian writer. Devoted to gender issues, Chimamanda has frequently spoken about feminism. In one of her talks, for the 2012 TED-X (“We should all be feminist”), Chimamanda has underlined that all women should aspire to reach independence – both social and economic – stating that the term “feminism” is inherently intertwined to human rights and, in particular, to gender issues. All of us, including men, should in fact engage in a more equal way of living.

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