Quite simply, the answer is yes. Sort of. Africa definitely has made significant milestones in the areas of women’s rights. For example, Madame Sirleaf of Liberia was the first woman ever to be elected President of Liberia’s constitutional republic. However, the women’s movement of many African activists is known under a different title. Ideas of Western Feminism are less prevalent in Africa due to many preferring “African Womanism” due to several factors. African Womanism is centered around Afrocentrism and representing the rights of women and men in Africa. Compared to Western Feminism, “womanists are concerned with overcoming not only gender discrimination but also discrimination based on race or socioeconomic status” (Walker 2000). African Womanism also “rejects lesbian love because of the "African ... silence or intolerance of lesbianism" ”, a belief that western feminism values. They see the woman as a mother, someone who brings life, which is not naturally possible in the practice of lesbianism.
After examining womanism and feminism, we are led to answer this question: Due to the differences between African Womanism and Western Feminism, does western feminism actually impact Africa’s society? Slightly. Alice Walker once said, “Womanist is to feminism as purple is to lavender”, meaning that both of these ideologies have similar, but not equal purposes and ideas. But we, like Walker, believe that Western Feminism has not impacted African Womanism, and if so, slightly. A lot of things that Western Feminists advocate for are not seen as culturally acceptable in majority areas of Africa, among neither men nor women. Additionally, Western Feminists do not tend to focus on race or socioeconomic status because they do not have to. Their skin is highly praised and has been set throughout history as the standard of beauty. In contrast, Africans have been historically placed at the bottom of this standard of beauty, and so in their advocation against gender discrimination, African Womanists must also advocate against racial discrimination. Until race and racism are a thing of the past, African Womanism and Western Feminism can never be equal.
According to the Wikipedia article on Womanism, this image displays that “unification is a key cornerstone of Womanism ideology”
Taken from the BattyMamzelle blogspot, this image represents the Womanism symbol.