Neoliberal feminism is criticized for its disregard for structural inequalities and thus for failing women most susceptible to violence. But in a society like Nigeria’s, where lack of financial opportunity has fostered an entrepreneurial mindset, and where distrust of western feminism is culturally entrenched, neoliberal feminism may be women’s best option.
Yemisi Akinbobola is the co-founder of African Women in Media, and an award-winning journalist. She ran her news website, IQ4News, between 2010 and 2014, has written for many publications including the UN Africa Renewal magazine, and has several years’ experience in communication management for charities. She is the Course Director for MA Global Media Management and Strategic Lead for International Research Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University.