Gender Equality Week is an opportunity to recognize the many ways that everyone benefits from advancing gender equality. But it is also an important opportunity to learn more about the benefits to people of all genders, the barriers that women, men and gender diverse people continue to face, and the important work taking place in Canada and around the world to achieve progress. Whether you are an educator or simply interested in learning more, here are some ideas for taking your learning to the next level.
Research a topic that interests you
Gender equality may be a simple concept – equality for people of all genders – but there are many different issues that contribute to gender inequality. Consider exploring some of the underlying causes or learning more about the consequences of gender inequality. You may want to look more closely at the impacts on specific communities, including low-income women, LGBTQ2 peoples, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, or another population. Learning more about the factors that contribute and perpetuate gender inequality in Canada – and around the world – will make you more informed and ready to make a difference, both in your community and beyond.
Head to your local library or go online for information that will broaden your knowledge on gender equality. Here are some resources to get you started:
- Statistics Canada, Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report
- UN Women, Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women
Lead a group discussion
Bringing people together to exchange information and opinions can generate new ideas and opportunities to create positive change. Whether in a classroom, community or social setting, organize an event that engages participants on the topic of gender equality in Canada and around the world. Consider inviting people of different ages and from diverse backgrounds, as different experiences bring new perspectives to our understanding. To spark meaningful discussion and debate, prepare questions beforehand. Here are some ideas:
- What is gender equality?
- How does advancing gender equality benefit women, men and gender diverse people?
- What are some of the reasons that gender inequality continues to exist in Canada?
- What are Canada’s recent achievements in advancing gender equality? What still needs to be done to achieve lasting change?
- What roles do governments, business, non-profit organizations and academia have in achieving progress?
Create and infographic
An infographic is an effective way of illustrating the importance of advancing gender equality. The best infographics tell a story; consider telling the story of “Why gender equality matters”. Combine well-researched statistics that illustrate some of the existing gaps with engaging visuals to reinforce the need to continue to make progress. If you are a beginner in graphic design, use a software program like Piktochart or an online tool such as Canva to help you design an eye-catching infographic. Share your infographic on social media using the hashtag #EveryoneBenefits or post it somewhere where others will see it to generate discussion, debate and new ideas.
Learn about Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
GBA+ is a process that helps advance gender equality in Canada. GBA+ supports gender equality by making sure that government policies, programs and initiatives work for everyone, regardless of a person’s gender or other identity factors such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, geography and ability. Using GBA+ will broaden your understanding of gender equality by helping you determine the impacts of different initiatives on diverse groups of people. To learn more about GBA+, take the online course or watch the microlearning videos to see how GBA+ impacts everything from climate change to concussions!
Interview a local gender equality advocate
There are many people across the country dedicated to advancing gender equality in their communities. Speaking with them about their efforts, their motivations and the challenges they’ve faced can help expand your understanding of the issues involved in achieving progress, and sharing their stories can inspire others to get involved. Consider reaching out to a women’s group or LGBTQ2 organization, or to a trailblazer who has paved the way for others by being the first in their field. Once you’ve set an interview time, prepare questions about their work and experiences as an advocate. Here are some questions to consider asking:
- What does gender equality mean to you?
- What is one of the most pressing issues related to gender equality?
- What can each of us do on an individual level to achieve change?
- What is the next milestone in gender equality that you would like to see achieved?
- What gives you hope that we are achieving progress?
Envision a gender equal society
What if gender equality were already a reality? Use information available about the benefits of advancing gender equality to envision what a gender equal society would look like for people of all genders. Unleash your creative side and write a fictional account, or better yet, design a graphic novel or comic strip that brings this vision to life. By creating a vivid picture of gender equality, you can show everyone what we stand to gain by working to achieve progress. Post your creative writing or artwork on social media using the hashtag #EveryoneBenefits, submit it to a print or online publication, or share it in a community or classroom setting.
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