Check out these ideas for engaging your students in a discussion about violence against women and girls.
- Ask students to start and/or participate in a social media campaign that promotes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Spread awareness using the infobites available on this website and connect with others on social media who share an interest in stopping violence against women and girls.
- Challenge students to write an essay exploring one of the discussion topics and/or proposing solutions to one issue related to violence against women and girls.
- Ask students to choose a subject from the list of discussion topics to research; have students present their findings to the class.
- Ask students to prepare a short video that explores one aspect of violence against women and girls.
- Work together as a class to research and raise funds for a women's shelter, Aboriginal organization or other organization that addresses violence against women and girls; organize a school-wide fundraising event that raises awareness of violence against women and girls.
- Have students volunteer at or visit a service organization that addresses violence against women and girls; ask them to write or present a short report on their experience.
- Ask students to identify how they can make their school safer for women and girls and implement one of their proposed solutions (e.g. students may wish to address dating violence by running public service announcements in the school newspaper that include advice on where to find help).
- Screen a video related violence against women and girls and initiate a class discussion about the issues explored.
- Invite a guest speaker from a local service, development or Aboriginal organization to talk to students about the challenges facing female victims of violence and what can be done to help them.
- Have students work in groups to brainstorm what they can do to help stop violence against women and girls; write down the suggestions and display them in a public area of the school.
- Ask students to prepare and present a skit exploring what youth can do to help stop violence against women and girls.
- Challenge students to define what makes a healthy relationship; ask them to brainstorm ways to ensure and maintain healthy relationships in their own lives.
- Ask students to prepare a visual art piece or collage depicting what a healthy relationship means to them.
- Make students "school ambassadors" for the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women; task them with telling their peers about this special day and the reasons for marking it (e.g. students could distribute white ribbons to be worn on December 6 and set up informational displays in public areas of the school.)
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