Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Schools : Talking about International Women's Day





Hypathia of Alexandria
Hypatia by Rafael(1509-10)
Vatican Museums

"Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future."

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon


International Women’s Day is a global celebration of all women, everywhere. It is a rallying call; both for reflection on lessons learned and for accelerating momentum towards gender equality and the empowerment of every girl and woman.

credits: Elyx by Yak
Goal 4 : Education

With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 4, governments have pledged to eliminate gender disparities and ensure that every child is in school and learning by 2030. 




Infographic | UNESCO
Yet one out of eight children between the ages of 6 and 15 are denied a basic education, and girls are the first to be excluded. More than 63 million girls are out of school and data suggest that the number is rising.  

It is a day to rejoice in the extraordinary acts of women and to stand together, as a united force to advance gender equality around the world.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is: “Re-thinking women empowerment and gender equality in 2016"





Some facts:
  • 31 million girls of primary school age are not in school (UNESCO, 2013)
  • Nearly two thirds of illiterate people are women, a proportion that has remained unchanged for two decades (UN, 2015)
  • Less than 4% of CEOs in the world’s largest 500 corporations are women (UN, 2015)
  • Women are underrepresented in scientific and technological disciplines. Only 29% of the world’s researchers are women (UNESCO, 2014)
  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lives (UN, 2015)

Without education, we will never change the mindsets and conditions that force a girl into marriage or leave a woman of any age without the skills to earn a decent living.

This week in particular, let’s face the facts. The new UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Equality in Education shows gender gaps from primary to tertiary education using the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. 

With more than 100 interactive maps and charts, the eAtlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories.


Weather Measurement Equipment Maintainance, Claudia Riedl, Austria.


Claudia Riedl, Sonnblick observatory, Austria (ZAMG)
Women in Action


Education:

I chose Hypathia to write about Women's Day.  Hypathia born c. 355 ce-died March 415Alexandria was a mathematicianastronomer, and philosopher who lived in a very turbulent era in Alexandria’s history. 

She was, in her time, the world’s leading mathematician and astronomer, the only woman for whom such claim can be made. 

She was also a popular teacher and lecturer on philosophical topics of a less-specialist nature, attracting many loyal students and large audiences. She was murdered in particular violent way.

Hypatia is a powerful symbol and a figure of affirmation for intellectual endeavour in the face of ignorant prejudice. Her intellectual accomplishments alone are quite sufficient to merit our respect and admiration. A good example to talk with our students on Women's Day.

It’s not always easy to put into words what we want to achieve. When we ask our students, young adults women or teen girls to articulate their aspirations, they often have to pause and think about it for a few minutes. 

Now it’s your students turn. Ask the girls to share their aspiration with #OneDayIWill and motivate them to get one step closer to where they're going. 

Whether their responses could be detailed or broad strokes, concrete or abstract, funny or heartwarming, it will inspiring to see them take the time to dream.



Google Doodlers
Doodle International Women's Day

Resources:


Of course Google could not forget Women's DayThere's a video-based doodle that can be seen on Google's homepage across the world today , International Women's Day.

For this year’s International Women’s Day, the doodlers Lydia Nichols, Helene Leroux & Liat Ben-Rafael wanted to celebrate the Doodle-worthy women of the future. 

So they gathered their cameras and pencils and visited 13 countries where they spoke to 337 women and girls and asked them to complete the sentence, “One day I will…”

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. The UN began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. 






Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trail blazers. 


Ask your students to explore a selection of these women and learn what the reality still is today for many women and girls worldwide. View timeline.

Children who are excluded from education often face multiple and overlapping disadvantages. 

Data produced by the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children give us a clearer picture of why they are out of school.

Choose from the list of participating countries to see what is holding these children back.



Some Activities:

It’s not always easy to put into words what we want to achieve. When we ask our students, young adults women or teen girls to articulate their aspirations, they often have to pause and think about it for a few minutes. 


Now it’s your students turn. Ask the girls to share their aspiration with #OneDayIWill and motivate them to get one step closer to where they're going. 

Whether their responses could be detailed or broad strokes, concrete or abstract, funny or heartwarming, it will inspiring to see them take the time to dream.

  • Prevention of gender-based violence in schools;
  • Reduce violence against girls by challenging traditional gender norms through education;
  • Invite students to create a Charter (girls and boys) “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" (UN 2016 theme);
  • Ask your students (girls and boys) to write creative messages about IWD2016 and publish on Facebook Timeline of the school account (teachers and students);
  • Invite students to write in 140 characters inspirational quotes about girls education and dreams interacting with other schools on Twitter account (teachers and students). 
  • Use the Hashtag #IWD2016 to talk about their expectation of International Women's Day 2016 for life.

Level: All levels 


Teachers will include into the curriculum the activities to the level they are teaching.

Curricula: Cross-curricular : Languages; Sciences; Arts.


"Gender equality stands at the heart of the 2030 agenda, as a basic human right and a transformational force for more just, inclusive and sustainable development." 

Irina Bokova, Director-General, message

G-Souto 

08.03.2016
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