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International Woman's Day

Today is International Women’s Day and this year the theme is Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality. This theme links to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development which has a number of key targets relating to women. These include:

- Ensuring a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. 

- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

To help you to teach or facilitate sessions on women’s rights we have put together a selection of materials produced by us and other organisations which you can use to celebrate acts of courage by women and inspire others to call for change in the world! 

School Speakers Toolkit - Women’s Rights in Afghanistan:
Use this toolkit to help students learn about the situation in Afghanistan, find out about the work of human rights defenders and understand the issues surrounding women’s rights in a country specific context. You may also want to show students the inspirational story of Parween, who runs a girls’ school in Laghman province, Afghanistan. Because of Parween, education has brought hope and opportunity to many girls in Laghman province – hope that was denied for years under Taliban rule. 

You could also watch the story of Dr D, a gynaecologist in Afghanistan, as a starting point for talking to students about women’s rights. Watch her story with your class by clicking this link. 

Activity pack - Claiming Women's Rights
The Claiming Women’s Rights pack contains a number of lesson activities which explore the women’s rights movement throughout history and celebrate the inspirational actions of female human rights defenders across the globe. It includes information on influential women like Mary Wollstonecraft, Emmeline Pankhurst and Aung San Suu Kyi and asks students to consider what progress on women’s rights they would like to see in the future.  

Activity Pack - Global Gender Inequality:
Use this activity pack to explore the language that students and young people use around gender and to consider the issues surrounding gender inequality worldwide. The activities also include a discussion on what is considered to be work and a set of activities which challenge gender stereotypes in terms of the jobs that people do.

Lesson Plan - Women's Rights In Egypt:
In this series of two lessons students will be introduced to the women’s rights in Egypt. Lesson one uses images, role-play and peer assessment to introduce students to the current issues. In lesson two students investigate these rights whilst they also consider how to use persuasive writing techniques to persuade their MP to write, e-mail or tweet the Egyptian political parties.

Take Action
As part of your International Women’s Day activities you could ask your students to take action for the girls forced into marriage in Burkina Faso. Or you may want to explain the case to them of Héléne who didn’t know that contraception existed until she already had three children – aged 22. 

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