The participatory mapping exercise was a very useful and insightful to further understand the complexities of feminism and gender issues in the world. The mapping proved to show the true and overwhelming extent of gender issues within every corner of society.
The first map created was breaking down feminism into stakeholders such as social media, government, family and other categories where within each category we found various influencers and contributors to the contemporary feminism. For example seen in the first image under social media are Instagram and Twitter that definitely define and promote contemporary Feminism through celebrities. Another example seen in this image is the idea under family where different cultural values can conflict with modern day feminism such as in south east Asian countries most women are still thought of as to serve the men, therefore showing how contemporary feminism is still lacking in such countries and predominantly exists in the Western world.
The second image was our final map that uses a timeline structure, as through the extensive discussion with our group and tutors we found a significant amount issues that were too complex to map and continued to overlap. Therefore a timeline was felt best to map out our end goal where as seen in the second image the problem is gender inequality with the conflict between traditional and contemporary feminism creating misconceptions and misunderstandings about the definition of feminism. Therefore the true definition, which we all wrote out our own definition for, is what is needed to be communication to society with the end goal eventually not having to even discuss the issue as it no longer exists which we discussed would only come through education, accurate portrayal in the media and for both women and men to speak up when implicit gender inequality exists in society such as seen in social media through comments on Facebook and Instagram towards women.
By Koshila Perera