Gender Respect Project 2013-2016

Aiming to help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence.

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Teacher Blog: Carol

Nature of and frequency of friendships between girls and boys: survey and intervention
The results from a mixed gender friendship questionnaire delivered to Year 7, 8, 9 and 11 students (aged 11 – 16) showed that on average 2 in 5 of the students surveyed did not have a good friend of the opposite sex (boys and girls).  
Reasons for this stated could be summarised into
  • religious restrictions
  • embarrassment and misunderstanding intentions
  • fear of sexism and violence from boys
  • disliking boy’s attitudes/ not being respected
  • girls having different interests
  • not having shared experiences with the opposite sex
Students cited their friendships coming out of:
  • being stuck up for in a vulnerable situation
  • being able to be honest and one’s self
  • shared opinions (eg. dislike of a teacher!)
  • finding the same things funny
  • playing/chatting together
  • shared experiences, special & everyday
The talking group provides a space for sharing and debating issues of importance to students.  It is mixed sex and includes students across Y7-Y9.  Students agree ground rules and decide democratically topics that they like to discuss but this is not rigid within the session if another topic of interest arises.  The group of 16 is facilitated by two adults (both Philosophy for Children trained).  Some of the outcomes hoped for are:
  • an experience of constructive dialogue
  • new friendship connections
  • space to speak, listen and be listened to in a mixed group.


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Helen: One Billion Rising

OBR3Gender Respect project teachers, pupils and parents joined with other people from Sheffield to celebrate One Billion Rising on Saturday 14th February 2015.  Pupils had been introduced to the issue of gender-based violence through assemblies and lessons with the primary school linking the issue with their Rights Respecting Schools work.  The pupils were taught the dance in school and invited to join the event in central Sheffield if they wished to.

For a helpful article which links gender stereotyping in toys with violence against women see Let Toys Be Toys.

Here’s a YouTube clip from the event:

One Billion Rising YouTube film


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Teacher Blog: Carol

One Billion Rising

I delivered an assembly to Y11 students on Monday morning.  It was well received and the students were interested and engaged.  The PowerPoint adapted from the secondary one in the Teaching Ideas part of this site is to be put on the homepage of the school site and on rolling screens around the school.

The Year Leader commented: ‘Carol came in and gave an assembly to raise awareness of the ‘One Billion Rising’ movement and to promote the events happening in Sheffield on 14th Feb. The presentation gave an excellent background to the size of the challenge facing women globally and Carol used a combination of statistics, questions to the audience and visual images. The official video also really added to the overall impact. She had the full attention of all (c220) students and many commented afterwards on how powerful and interesting they’d found the assembly. We’re really grateful for Carol’s input. She was clearly well versed in these issues and pitched it just right for our Y11 students.’

Following the assembly several students approached pastoral staff about issues relating to gender based violence, some saying that they wanted to join in the dance. Judging by the students’ responses gender based violence seems to be something highly relevant and important to raise with secondary students while ensuring that pastoral support is in place for those students who have direct or indirect experience of it. The students welcomed the information about possible action that they could take on this issue.