The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes; organized activity on
behalf of women's rights and interests. A diverse set of ideas grounded in the belief that
patriarchal societies have oppressed women and united by the goal of claiming full citizenship
for all women.
Significance of feminism: brings new public focus to violence faced by women at home and
abroad, creates new norms – a common language – to clarify duties of states and mobilise
populations empowers women: from recipients of benefits to rights, bearers expands other areas
of human rights, making them more responsive to violence against w