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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New teaching resources ‘He Named Me Malala’

‘One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world’. There are few people who have not heard of the inspiring story of Nobel Prize Winner and ordinary teenager, Malala Yousafzai.

DocAcademy, through the Students Stand #With Malala UK schools programme, has made the DVD of the documentary available to UK secondary schools and written accompanying lesson plans for KS3/4 English and KS5 English. The documentary pieces together Malala’s story conveying how she is both an extraordinary activist and speaker and a totally ordinary young woman with a family life with her two younger brothers and parents with which many people across the world could connect.

The film and lesson plans not only look at the importance of girls’ rights to education but also explore the themes of forgiveness, refugees and having a voice. There is a separate ‘Activity Toolkit’ for suggestions of how school students can take action in relation to the lesson themes. Although the lesson plans are aimed at secondary students, much of the film would be appropriate for younger pupils (aged 9-11) and clips could be used in English, PSHE, Citizenship and as stimuli for Philosophy for Children.

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Some reflections on the death of Nelson Mandela speaking out on gender equality

I had the privilege of spending a year in South Africa, 1995/6, at the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the building of a multi-ethnic state. I heard Mandela speak in Cape Town at the opening of the third Session of Parliament. I quote:

“All of us, all South Africans are called upon to be builders and healers. The objectives of equality, non-racialism and non-sexism constitute the very essence of the new society we seek to build. We can neither heal nor build if the rich see the poor as hordes or irritants or the poor sit back and wait for charity.”

Just to make it absolutely clear that justice has to come before reconciliation…this is from his speech on South Africa’s Women’s Day 2007:

“Violence against women is a serious and escalating evil in our society. It is both a part of the subordination of women and a consequence of that inequality…Our anger should strengthen the resolve in all of us in combating violent crime and this includes those who abuse women. Criminals depend on people around them keeping silent. The time has come to speak out and expose the criminals.”


Heather Hunt  12.12.2013