1 in 5 schoolgirls are ‘unhappy being a girl’
It’s a sad fact, but from an early age, girls around the world experience gender discrimination. An interim report from the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), reports that, one in ten primary schoolgirls have said they feel ‘unhappy being a girl’, doubling to one in five by the time they reach secondary school.
Girls often feel restricted on their freedom, held back through a lack of opportunities compared to boys and unsafe safe or harassed. In some cases, girls have even said their parents prefer their male siblings.
Discrimination against women from within the Muslim community is all too common. Despite the introduction of The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, women are still made to feel this way, experiencing discrimination in the workplace, in society and in the home.
Women should have equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life as well as education, health and employment. It is their right. Yet, culture and tradition within communities remain largely unchanged in terms of how women are regarded and treated.
At WARN, we aim to change this.
CHALLENGING DISCRIMINATION IN THE COMMUNITY
Our workshop introduces women to the impact of gender discrimination and how it shows up in everyday life in public and private. Drawing on empowerment and equality verses in the Qur'an, as well as International Conventions and British Law, we tackle outdated assumptions that men and women are not equal. Too often these assumptions come from within the community, our workshops give women the knowledge and the voice do something about gender discrimination that will change their lives.
We aim to give women the tools they need to be able to react when they find themselves discriminated against just because of their gender or see other women being discriminated against. Through role play and group discussions, women will learn how to approach this issue carefully, sensitively, and intelligently; equipping them with the skills and knowledge required to understand and tackle gender based discrimination when they see it.
This workshop also sets out to build women’s self-esteem, both at home and in their communities, empowering them with powerful, relatable examples of inspiring female role models to look up to. They will also be able to identify the psychological impact of discrimination inside and outside the home, and discover the various professional organisations who are out there to help.