Programme ideas | discussing gender equality

Programme ideas | discussing gender equality

This year’s International Women’s Day is asking people everywhere to “Be Bold for Change” to help create a more gender equal world, and we’re asking our Leaders to play their part too.

As an inclusive youth organisation, we’re proud to celebrate gender equality and have an important role to play in helping to shape the attitudes and ideas of the next generation and inspire young people to make a positive impact in the local, national and global communities within which they contribute to.

Anne Whiteford, Our SHQ Commissioner (Development) has developed some programme ideas to help you discuss gender equality, challenge some gender preconceptions and celebrate equal opportunities with Scouts of all ages.

Beavers – What am I?

This activity is designed to help the Beaver Scouts to think about gender roles within their schools and local communities. Print out cards that display a variety of roles that Beaver Scouts will know. Ask the Beaver Scouts to identify if the roles that mostly carried out by men, or typically done by women. This will hopefully prompt discussion. To finish explain to the Beavers that although there are some roles that are mostly undertaken by men or women, it is important that men and women and boys and girls have equal opportunities in life, so boys and girls should be able to choose activities and careers that interest them and challenge them. 

Resources and information can be found on Programmes Online, searching under Gender. [Compass log-in required]

Cubs – Gender – Exploring Activities

This activity is designed to help the Cub Scouts think about everyday activities and see that some everyday activities relate more to women than men and vice versa. Give a list of activities to a small group of Cub Scouts and ask them to divide the activities into those that are done mostly by men and those done mostly by women - in their opinions. Discuss the results and use it is an opportunity to talk about how we can create equal opportunities for everyone as Scouts.

Resources and information can be found on Programmes Online, searching under Gender. [Compass log-in required]

Scouts – Gender - Equality or Inequality

This is a quick activity to help Scouts explore gender in relation to high profile figures in society. Label one wall as male and the other as female. Ask the Scouts to stand in the middle of the hall. Invite them to think of a high profile person for each role category, for example Olympic athlete, singer, head of state, politician, explorer, newsreader, actor, football player, tennis player, comedian, radio presenter etc. They should not share the person they have chosen. Say 'go' and those who have chosen males should go to that wall and those who have chosen female should go to the other wall. Keep a note of the results and after the exercise, share the overall results with the Scouts and ask them to discuss the results.

Resources and information can be found on Programmes Online, searching under Gender. [Compass log-in required]

Explorers – Global Gender Challenge

This quiz has been designed to encourage Explorers to think about global issues related to gender. Put the letters A, B, C and D on each of the walls of your meeting place. Read out the questions one at a time and give the Explorers time to go to the letter that represents the answer that they think is correct. Once everyone is happy with their answer, read out the correct answer with the extra information. You can ask the Explorer Scouts if they are surprised by the correct answer and engage them in discussion.

Resources and information can be found on Programmes Online, searching under Gender. [Compass log-in required]

Facts and figures

You could also use the following statistics to prompt discussions about gender equality with your young people.

Men are more likely to meet the moderate or vigorous physical activity guidelines (67% of Males, 59% of Females)

Around five times more women than men work in the caring, leisure and other service occupation and four times more women work in administrative and secretarial occupations.

Men consume, on average, 3 portions of fruit a veg in a day whereas Females consume 3.3 portions

More than half of students in higher education are female (56%)

Statistics taken from Scottish Government sources.

Further inspiration

International Women’s Day