FEMINIST as a service group:
FemiNIST started off as a service group based off the Title IX American law that stated "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Whilst running this service group based off the law, we realised that although we had the same beliefs, we wanted to generalise our mission as a service group and so we stuck on "FemiNIST" as our group name. Our main goal as student representatives of this service group is to strive for equality between both genders. We are aware that there is a common misconception in which people believe that Feminism favors the female gender, hence the prefix "femi" . But we want to break that Stigma. The reality of why "Feminism" is not called "Humanism" is because females have been obscured for so long and are usually considered the underprivileged, underserved gender. To truly achieve gender equality, we must practice advocacy for the rights of the underprivileged gender, whilst still maintaining the rights of what is known as the opposition group - the males. Aside from the advocacy that we do to promote gender equality, we want to educate people on what Feminism means. We are NOT "man haters".
This service group is located at NIST International School dedicated to dropping the gender mask, promoting equality for all genders and establishing better connections between our school and the topic of gender in itself. If we achieve anything from this service group, that is to encourage equity amongst the NIST Community, while combating negative connotations in regards to Feminism and gender roles & stereotypes. We hope to achieve this through working alongside campaigns on Breast cancer awareness, working with the UN on their gender equality initiations and raising awareness on gender equality here at NIST by organising events such as International Women's Day.
What is FEMINISM?
"The belief in the social, economic, and political equality of the sexes."