10.01.2017 - Education Sector

Join our #genderbiaschat!

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Girls often face multiple layers of disadvantage, including strong social and cultural norms that privilege boys’ education, inadequate sanitation facilities in schools, and negative classroom environments where they may face violence. However, those learning environments also represent a powerful opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes that affect both boys and girls and influence their education and their futures.

From 16-20 January, UNESCO is partnering with OECD’s Wikigender for an online discussion on the theme “Addressing gender stereotypes in the classroom: how to achieve a conducive environment for adolescent girls’ learning?”. Bringing together participants from the development sector, researchers, civil society, students and NGOs, the discussion will be centred on new evidence and key findings from UNESCO’s 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report, Gender Review, and Policy Paper on “Textbooks pave the way to sustainable development”.

Partners in the online discussion will also include the Council of Europe, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Global Partnership for Education, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study (HBSC).

The discussion will run on the Wikigender platform and is open to anyone with an interest on the topic (in English and French). Our #genderbiaschat hashtag will be keeping track of the conversation happenings on social media. Participants to the discussion will be able to:

  • Share new evidence on the role of education in achieving gender equality and in changing social norms, in particular with regards to gender stereotypes in teacher practices and teaching materials
  • Exchange best practices and identify strategies on how gender stereotypes can be addressed in the school environment to ensure that adolescent girls are equipped with the right skills and mind-set to improve their lives
  • Benefit from a platform to facilitate exchanges, synergies and information-sharing and on the topic

Join the conversation by adding your comments and questions here: http://bit.ly/genderbiaschat

Some of the questions that will be explored include:

  • How is the learning environment influencing adolescent girls’ education outcomes? What are some of the recent trends in the development of teaching materials (including textbook content)?
  • What are some of the policies, campaigns and initiatives that successfully helped to counter gender stereotypes in school settings? Which strategies are more efficient and why? How can we scale them up?
  • How can we advocate for a stronger measurement framework and solidify indicators on gender inequality in education, so that we know where progress is being made and where challenges remain?

The online discussion will conclude with a live webinar on Friday 20 January at 3pm (Paris time).

Following the discussion, a synthesis report summarising the key themes and ways forward will be made available on the Wikigender platform, shared with both UNESCO and Wikigender’s communities and presented at international events.

We look forward to your participation!

For more information please visit www.wikigender.org

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