News Comment #27

This week, I decided to do my news comment on an article titled “These Somali Men Oppose Male Stereotypes to Fight for Female Empowerment” by Alice Rowsome on Vice. The article discussed the efforts of a Somali man named Khadar is challenging the societal norms of his country surrounding the women and girls. He focuses on issues like stopping female genital mutilation, violence towards females, and getting females to become involved in journalism which is a highly uncommon job for women in Somalia. Khadar stresses the importance of getting these women involved in the media as well as informing other men on these issues to try to make a change.

The lead for this news story is extremely effective as it explains how Khadar had to convince his sister not to perform female genital mutilation on her own daughter, and that really hooks a reader since this isn’t something one thinks about in Western society. It sounds horrifying, and is enough to make a person want to read about what this man is trying to do. This story is definitely news worthy because it had impact on about 98 percent of girls and women in these part of the world which is awful to even think about especially when it comes to FGM. It is an issue that should concern true feminists because girls like these are the ones who need feminism the most having to endure violence against them or being forced to undergo FGM for religious reasons despite the effects is not okay.

You can read the full article here https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/mbb438/these-somali-men-oppose-male-stereotypes-to-fight-for-female-empowerment



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