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And the princess killed the dragon, and lived her life to the fullest ever after
Parenting for gender equality
Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.
(Report of the UN Secretary-General, "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, 2017)
Children embrace these social norms from a very young age. Girls play princesses and boys superheroes, and so it begins. But where do these messages come from? What can we do about it? What is the role of parents in fostering gender equality? How can we help our children challenge gender stereotypes and own their own lives?
Meanwhile, an example of patriarchal attitudes is found (sadly, all too often) in non-consensual sexual relations and harassment - some of which involves children. This calls for sexual education, but how do we approach the conversation? Do we want to talk about harassment the first time we discuss sexuality with our kids? How can we equip our children for a safe and healthy sexual life?
Join us for a conversation on parenting for gender equality and girl empowerment!
We are very pleased that this years Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Kumvana Fellow, Gladys Muthaura, will join the conversation. Gladys is the Founder and Team Lead at Teen Action Program (TAP) Africa, in Kenya. TAP Africa works with teenagers by engaging them in addressing social challenges in their communities, with the aim of nurturing them into young social change agents.
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 9:30-11:30 am
WHERE: Norfolk Housing Association building (1118 Kensington Rd. NW main floor).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Parents of girls, parents of boys, girls, boys, parents to be, and everyone interested in joining an informal conversation on education for gender equality. This is a family-oriented event, so PLEASE BRING YOUR KIDS!
This is a free and private event (if you see this, you are invited) organized by the Parents Club - Engineers Without Borders. The Parents Club is a group of families that enjoys organizing social justice / sustainable development oriented activities where both kids and parents can learn and have fun.
Please RSVP (via this Eventbrite), as the space is limited and we will provide breakfast.
9:30-10:00 - Introductions and breakfast.
10:00-10:45 - "Playshop" (workshop for kids) on gender bias and stereotypes, followed by a discussion among parents.
10:45-11:30 - How do we talk about sexuality and harassment with our kids? Informal discussion among parents to identify different interests/perspectives among the attendees, and potentially plan future events dedicated to this particular topic.