Starting Conversations About Gender Equality With Your Students

It’s hard to argue with the idea that every child has a right to reach their full potential. Yet gender inequality stubbornly persists and prevents many from doing exactly that.

Whether it’s consciously or not, we’re reinforcing stereotypes and prejudices based on gender all the time. As teachers, you have an opportunity to get these disparities out in the open and make lasting change.

We’ve put together this new Gender Equality film playlist to give you a selection of films that can initiate class discussions about stereotypes and how to disrupt them.

By using documentary to bring students global stories that show the problem of gender inequality, they can begin to explore how this issue relates to them and the part they can play in the solution.

The women in these films have fewer economic opportunities than men and are refused basic rights, such as access to education, health care, police protection, and political representation.

Students will witness both their daily struggles and the ways in which empowered girls and women contribute to the health and productivity of their families, communities, and countries.

These girls and women constantly prove that against all odds, they will not only rise to any occasion, but display their strength in numbers and unique power within one’s self.

Film Still | Can’t Hide Me

Can’t Hide Me

Women and girls are often put down, silently, subtly. Bound by invisible chains in their homes, on the streets, in schools and public spaces. Always maintaining a low profile, always crushing their dreams. Is it possible for them to fight back? And what happens when they find the courage to do so? Parvati, Mallika and Heena haven’t met each other but they share more in common than you would think. For they are amongst those women who are taking extraordinary steps to reclaim the spaces that are rightfully theirs, fighting the often invisible barriers that keep women from freedom.

Film Still | Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

In Tanzania, women are expected to stay home, cook, clean, and take care of the children while their husbands are away at work. Like a typical teenager, Winnie needed an outlet for her curious mind and in 2013, she joined Apps & Girls, an organization that teaches young girls how to code their own websites.

Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets

Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language.
In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets — called Kayayo. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family.
We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.




You can find more films and classroom resources on Gender Equality via this curated playlist on SIMA Academy.