Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential
But, still today gender inequality persists in all countries at all levels
We should remember that regardless of where you live, gender equality is a fundamental human right
Gender equality is important to achieving many of the other goals, from reducing poverty to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and boys
Gather your friends or family for this activity or you could do this activity over Zoom
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
Ask them to make as many squares as possible in 15 minutes
Tell them they will earn 1 point for each square that meets the standard
Do not tell them what the standards are
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
Continue the game and ‘check in’ again after another 5 minutes
Announce the winners
Begin discussion - this could be face to face or virtually;
Did they like the game?
Was it fair?
What would they want to change about it if they played again?
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?
The game demonstrates inequality, in this case the green squares = girls and the yellow squares = boys
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?
Note: The standards: Green squares should be perfect – exactly straight edges, good corners, no pencil marks
Yellow squares should be pretty good – the right size, but it’s okay if they are a little scruffy