Scottish charity, Zero Tolerance, are looking for responses to their survey on gender stereotypes and young children. If you have children under 10, they’d like your thoughts to help them develop new resources to tackle inequality.

Here’s a link to the short survey:

http://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/news/we-need-parents-views-gender

Zero Tolerance was set up in 1992 with the aim of ending men’s violence against women and they see gender inequality as being the root cause of this violence. This is something that hadn’t occurred to me so clearly before. In this research it’s clear that there are so many reasons to fight gender inequality and prejudice, but I hadn’t quite made this link.

Here’s what they say about Violence Against Women:

“Violence against women (VAW) affects one in three women globally. In the UK two women a week are murdered by their partners.

Violence against women exists on a continuum from street harassment to femicide. It includes any form of violence or abuse where the majority of victims are women, and the majority of people committing the abuse are men. Violence against women also includes domestic abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), rape and sexual assault, prostitution and ‘revenge pornography’. Addressing these forms of violence underpins both our work and Scottish Government policy

These forms of violence have the same root cause: gender inequality. Gender inequality means that women have less economic, political and social power than men, making it possible for some men to abuse their power. It also means that women are expected to be more caring and passive, while men are expected to be strong and unemotional. These stereotypes encourage and normalise violence and abuse.

Ending men’s violence against women and children is not a ‘women’s issue’. It is everyone’s responsibility.”

Zero Tolerance is aiming to help children challenge gender stereotypes from a very young age as a way of tackling gender inequality and thereby preventing the power structures that allow violence against women to occur. They’ve produced a very insightful and practical guide which clearly describes the effects of gender stereotyping on children and adults and on our culture and gives resources for how to tackle discrimination with young children.

You can download a copy from the Zero Tolerance website: http://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/what-we-do/projects-campaigns

 

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