Gender equality is Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals which illustrates the importance of the issue to the international community. Around the world women have less access, for example, to education and better paid jobs and are rarely involved in decision making. At the same time many women have the responsibility for bringing up children, food production and looking after the extended family. For global development this inequality needs to be addressed.
Gender inequality is a big issue, not just in other parts of the world but in the UK too. Challenging pupils to reflect on their experiences could be a way into this topic.
The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about gender equality and its importance for development:
Global Dimension: Fight Poverty, Educate Girls Feature article exploring how girls’ education can slow down population growth, and reduce poverty
The Independent: Best and worst places to be a woman A resource good for generating discussion; do you and your pupils agree?
SOS Children’s Villages: Our Africa - Women Some perspectives on women’s issues in Africa, including video clips
Other useful teaching resources about gender equality:
Amnesty International: Women’s Rights resources Key Stage 3 resources exploring women’s rights worldwide
Oxfam: Explore Birth Rights Key Stage 3 resource comparing the experience of giving birth in the UK and Ghana
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