Little lab of gender issues

Type of tool: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
Gender issues
Human rights
Personal development

Little lab of gender issues - multidimensional workshop for youth in order to explore topic of gender differences from different level, personal, societal, traditional, modern and identifying paths for reaching through gender equality.


The tool should provide achieving two main aims:
• Introduce and raise awareness of Gender Equality
• Explore how to take action to promote Gender Equality


This tool have itself incorporated several elements of different approaches in youth work basically it is focused on group work through simulation, open discussion, interviews, presentations, icebreakers and learning by doing.

Step by step process: 

- Get to know each other
Facilitator ask participants to joint in pair and to talk to each other couple of minutes about themselves and than in introducing part to the group everyone should represent their own pair, not yourself.
- Ball has the answers
Participants should join in the circle and than facilitator will throw the ball with numbers write on it, to the group, and then participants will throw the ball to each-other, and on which number is the catcher palm, that number will represent a number of predefined question on the workshop topic, and the participation with that question should give their own answer, as a good point for further discussion.
- Aquarium
Similar to the Aquarium, e.g. five participants ready to discuss are sitting in the middle of the working space. All others sit around them to follow the discussion that follows as observers. A controversial topic is set out, with which participants in the discussion are somewhat familiar. Group aquarium discusses, for 15 minutes in their own direction. Listeners have a task to follow and to write down interesting points. When 15 minutes pass, participants in the discussion and group of observers gather for a brief analysis.
- Gender line
The participants will be divided into two groups, and on the floor there will be two duck tape lines with time intervals referring to years.
Group one will have the responsibility of creating a lifeline for a imaginary male from local community of the one group members.
Group two will have the responsibility of creating the lifeline of a female from the same community as that male.
Participants will be asked to think about how this male and this female may be expected to behave, how s/he is treated, her/his importance or value.
- Wind down
Workshop ends by bringing everyone into a circle. Ask people to close their eyes and to think of a world where there is gender equality and human rights for all, to imagine in their mind’s eye a world without oppression and discrimination. One by one ask each person to call out one word to describe this new world. The facilitator can write the words on a flip-chart as they are called out.

Materials and resources: 

- Flip-chart paper - one block
- Markers - 15 different colors
- Pens and paper - 20 pieces both
- Little rubber ball - one
- Stickers - one block


On completion of the workshop participants have knowledge of:
- Issues around Human Rights and Gender Equality
And have upgrade their skills in the filed of:
- Developing communication skills and communicating viewpoints in a logical and coherent manner
- Developing ability to work on own and with others either in pairs or in a whole group
- Confidence Building
- Problem solving re thinking, sharing and discussing ideas on key themes and decision-making

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