Femmolution is a female movement coined from the two words ‘femme’ which is French for woman and evolution. It is a call for the evolution of the woman. Femmolution is all feminist; gender in Africa is an uncomfortable conversation to be had and for centuries, the woman has been oppressed and pushed down. Both men and women avoid the gender topic because we are brought up to believe that both genders have their specific roles to play and the woman’s role is always is at home or inferior to men in the workplace.
As females, to be taken seriously, we should tone down our femininity and a true female must be girly, love makeup, dresses and high heels. Why can’t we be both? Why can’t we love politics, sciences and run businesses and still love our high heels and adorn our curves?As one of our role models Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi so aptly put it, “We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful; otherwise you will threaten the man.If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.”
Femmolution works with different female artists from different countries in Africa, who, through music, poetry and visual art. It talks about what it’s like to be a woman in today’s society. Femmolution is all about self-expression and self-love.