International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 288

Review

Liberal feminism: Assessing its compatibility and applicability in Ethiopia context

Bimer Eyayu Enyew
  • Bimer Eyayu Enyew
  • Department of Gender and Development Studies, College of Social Science and Humanities, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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Alemeneh Getaneh Mihrete
  • Alemeneh Getaneh Mihrete
  • Department of Gender and Development Studies, College of Social Science and Humanities, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 30 July 2018
  •  Accepted: 23 August 2018
  •  Published: 30 September 2018

Abstract

As of the feminist theory varieties, liberal feminism is a type of gender reform feminism that emanates from the liberal thought. This paper critically reviews the appropriateness and applicability of liberal feminist theory and strategies in the context of Ethiopia in attempting to achieve gender equality and to reduce women oppression and subordination. The paper looks at the laws, polices and strategies of Ethiopia pertinent to women rights and gender equality via the notions and strategies of liberal feminism. It is known that feminist theory has a profound interest in the social context and structure of power to study the real experiences of women living within these structures. They suggest a method of theorizing, that moves even beyond the forms of individualism and concepts that are important within liberalism. Although gender inequality is prevailing in the private and public sphere, Ethiopia Government has to take further assignments with a down to earth approach to bring the desired outcome with plausible options.

 

Key words: Feminist theory, liberal feminism, equality, strategy, Ethiopia.