Gender equality

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

This Goal aims to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls, everywhere. It also aims to eliminate violence against women, including trafficking and sexual exploitation, as well as harmful practices such as early and forced marriage, and FGM. Read more on the UN SDGs website…

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Around the world women generally find it harder than men to access education and better paid jobs, and they are often excluded from decision-making. At the same time many women have the responsibility for bringing up children, organising food and looking after the extended family. Gender inequality is a big issue, not just in other parts of the world but in your home country too. One way into this topic could be to get pupils to reflect on their own experiences.

You could use this short film clip from Plan International, to start off a lesson about gender equality. It explores the difficulties and discrimination that can be experienced by many girls, especially those living in poverty; and it shows the important role education can play in changing their situation.

Here are some teaching ideas for exploring this Goal through different subjects:

English / Mother tongue: Choose a popular TV show, book or comic and look at the way male and female characters are portrayed.

Maths: Using data from the UN’s Women in Politics map (PDF), compare female participation across countries and regions and present information in charts, tables and graphs.

Geography: Study two countries/regions and see how the lives of (for example) 10-year-old girls might be the same or different according to geographic data (climate, housing, food, etc).

History: Study a famous women’s rights figure or activist from history, examining how social and political circumstances are different or similar compared with today.

Teaching resources

Lesson plans: 

Mission: Gender Equality – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Geography, Science, Language
comprehension

Everybody Wins When Girls Can Stay in School – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Geography, Citizenship, PSHE, Social Studies

The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.

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