Gender equality has been in the news recently. The death of Sarah Everard has drawn attention to violence against women and safety in public spaces. This includes issues like sexual harassment. A report from charity UN Women shows that 97% of women aged 18-24 have been sexually harassed.
Your child may have questions about some of the things they’ve seen on social media. Gender equality can sometimes feel like a complicated issue. But as a parent, even little things can make a difference and help your child understand.
Gender equality is when access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. People can experience gender inequality in a number of ways. This includes:
UN Women explains that gender is not about biological differences between sexes: “People define what it means to be a boy or a girl. These social conditionings often expect children to conform to specific and limiting gender roles and expectations from a young age.”
Look for moments to talk to your child about the topic of equality.
Think about how you can help promote gender equality in your daily actions and habits.
As your child gets older, you can continue to teach them about gender equality. Help them understand how this influences the way they treat themselves and others.
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