by Amanda Odoi
Social media activism has become a pivotal global tool in recent decades for pushing and extending the feminist agenda, particularly among young feminists. With the widespread availability of smartphones and easy access to social media platforms, users now have access to a plethora of information on subjects ranging from news and gossip to fashion and social issues. Such platforms have also become a hub for socialisation and timely updates on social issues. These technological advancements have provided feminists with opportunities for activism previously unavailable to them. With the presence of these spaces, feminists have a wider audience, a community for mobilisation and a reach to push an agenda in a shorter period than before. While young feminists largely dominate the use of these tools and spaces, the affordances that come with them transcend these demographics. Digital spaces offer a lot of room for activists, young and old, and (non) feminists to share, learn, offer support, and build community. It is well documented that activists in several countries on the continent have used these digital spaces to mobilise and build movements for interrogating systems and structures and strongly promote change on and off social media.
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