Gender Equality Workshop
AIMS Ghana facilitated the workshop “Gender Equality in Practice” last week. The session applied gender concepts to daily life and explored the realities of gender inequality as experienced by men and women. (See photo gallery below)
The event began with a review of gender equality terms and concepts, including the difference between sex and gender. The “Leaky Pipeline” concept identifies the multiple reasons for women being underrepresented at higher career levels, specifically within STEM fields including: gender bias, lack of representation, insufficient access to resources or education, and socio-economic factors resulting from detrimental gender roles.
This was followed by an icebreaker exercise that encouraged students, tutors, and staff to raise their hands if they identified with gender inequality statements that were read aloud by a workshop facilitator. At the end of the icebreaker, nearly all participants had their hands raised. The ice breaker revealed that both men and women experience gender inequality, albeit in different ways. The precedent for everyone to become a gender equality advocate was established, because gender inequality affects everyone.
During the group activity, gender equality was explored through multiple dimensions, including challenges faced between men, men and women, and between women. The harmful effects of gender roles were discussed at length. The focus was to identify the issues in each scenario and brainstorm potential solutions. A key finding was that different issues and solutions were perceived by different people within each scenario. There isn’t a single solution to gender inequality, but when working together the potential to create change is unlimited. Both men and women are needed to create sustainable change.
At the end of the workshop, participants were taught about 6 gender equality advocate traits, and how to apply them in their daily lives. These included:
→ Actively listen to those around you
→ Educate yourself on the difficulties experienced by those different than you
→ Apologize if you make a mistake and don’t make the same mistake again
→ Share space by ensuring everyone has an equal voice
→ Support, don’t judge
→ Empower everyone, not just people you like
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