The following is a list of topics you may wish to raise with your students as you discuss empowerment and gender equality.
Leadership and Democratic Participation
- The women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th Century
- Role models and mentorship
- Leadership and empowerment
- Civic engagement and participation
- Career opportunities and advancement
- Access to education
- Relationship violence
- Sexual violence and consent
- Family violence and abuse
- Sexual harassment
- Human trafficking
- Victim blaming
- Violence against LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming persons
- Healthy relationships
- Mental health and depression
- Body image
- Self esteem
Rights and Equality
- Gender equality
- Human rights
- Discrimination and stereotyping
- Child, early and forced marriage
- The media and the Internet
- Gender identity and expression
- Why does gender equality matter?
- Think about the progress that has been made toward equality — who or what was responsible for these advances? How can further progress be made?
- How did the events of 1916 – when Manitoba became the first province to allow women to vote – change Canada? What would Canada be like today if women had not been given the right to vote?
- What barriers to gender equality still exist?
- What are gender stereotypes? Why are they harmful?
- Name some of the gender stereotypes you’ve encountered and describe how they’ve affected you or people you know.
- How do we overcome gender stereotypes — both as individuals and as a society?
- Who do you admire? Name some positive role models for both girls and boys. How can you be a role model for gender equality at home and at school?
- What can Canadians do to defend gender equality and human rights for women and girls living around the world?
- How does gender inequality affect women’s prosperity? The overall economy?
- Does poverty affect women more often than men? If so, why?
- Why do you think there are fewer women in senior positions in business and on corporate boards? What can be done to change this?
- Have you observed inequality between the sexes in your own life? Name some scenarios in which women and men might be treated differently.
- What can men and boys do to help eliminate gender inequality?
- Why do fewer women tend to run for political office? How can this be changed?
- What would happen if there were more women involved in politics? Would government and its policies change? How?
- How does violence against women and girls relate to gender inequality? Is it a cause? A consequence? Both?
- How can parents and teachers help eliminate gender inequality at home and at school? What can students do?
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