Setting The Standard

60 Minutes | All | Indoors

To explore gender inequality in everyday life.



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Setting The Standard

60 Minutes | All | Indoors

  • 3 Sheets of Yellow Paper (per team/group/person)
  • 3 Sheets of Green Paper (per team/group/person)
  • Ruler (1 per team/group/person)
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • A template of a 4cm square (not to be given to the teams/groups/individuals, for the ‘judge’ only)

  1. Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential
  2. But, still today gender inequality persists in all countries at all levels
  3. We should remember that regardless of where you live, gender equality is a fundamental human right
  4. Gender equality is important to achieving many of the other goals, from reducing poverty to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and boys
  5. Gather your friends or family for this activity or you could do this activity over Zoom
  6. Create teams and give each team a make sure each team has a full of materials, but make sure that some teams use yellow paper and some teams use green paper
  7. Ask them to make as many squares as possible in 15 minutes
  8. Tell them they will earn 1 point for each square that meets the standard
  9. Do not tell them what the standards are
  10. After 5 minutes call ‘check in’ and each team leader should bring up the squares for the Leaders to judge the standard and count points
  11. Continue the game and ‘check in’ again after another 5 minutes
  12. Announce the winners
  13. Begin discussion - this could be face to face or virtually;
  14. Did they like the game?
  15. Was it fair?
  16. What would they want to change about it if they played again?
  17. Would they think it’s fair to put all the girls in green teams and all the boys in yellow teams? Or the other way around?
  18. The game demonstrates inequality, in this case the green squares = girls and the yellow squares = boys
  19. Can you think of other situations where rules are different for girls and boys? What ways can they think of to make things fairer in real life? Is there anything they can do themselves that would make a difference?
  20. Note: The standards: Green squares should be perfect – exactly straight edges, good corners, no pencil marks
  21. Yellow squares should be pretty good – the right size, but it’s okay if they are a little scruffy

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