International Women's Day (IWD) is an annual global campaign marked on 8 March that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Each year the IWD campaign has a new theme, and in 2022 the theme will be #BreakTheBias. The following lines can be read on every IWD platform as an introduction to the topic:
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women's equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
We can break the bias in our communities.
We can break the bias in our workplaces.
We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities.
Together, we can all break
the bias - on International Women's Day (IWD) and beyond.
How can we collaborate to break the bias? You and your students can take part in the campaign proposed by IWD 2022 Partners in many different ways. Have a look at the different options here.
Do you need any downloadable resources for your classroom? I hope these wil be helpful for you:
Resources for the Primary classroom:
- OXFAM resources : these activities can easily be adapted to suit the needs of younger and older students.
- Play with these Classroom Activity cards: use them to engage children in activities and conversations that foster an inclusive mindset. Apart from using the ones provided, invite your students to add their own IWD activity for friends and/or family. Then, share them with students from other classrooms, place them on the school walls and upload them onto the school website.
Resources for both Primary and Secondary classrooms:
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has released an impactful resource. There are three categories of activities within the pack:
- Understanding Gender: exploring gender roles and stereotypes.
- Women’s rights are Human Rights: exploring the concept of rights and why they are important.
- Gender & Climate Change: exploring how climate change disproportionately affects women and girls.
The pack materials are aimed at children aged:
- between 6 - 11 years
- between 12 - 15 years
- 15 years and above
Resources for the Secondary classroom:
Global Dimension platform provides educators with a wide variety of resources on IWD:
- Global Learning Programme Resources for Science teachers at Secondary level can be downloaded from here.
- You will find Gobal Learning Programme Resources to develop Literacy here. The proposals will be specially useful if you teach Language, Global Issues, PSHE or Ethical Values. For those of you who are working on the reading plan, the last activity focuses on a proposal which students will carry out in the library of the school. It can be used in any language.
- If you teach History, this is your pack of resources to celebrate IWD.
- Math teachers will find some ideas here .
Let's break the bias together!