United through Diversity Workshop (Sept 2012) held at the Rico Arena, Coventry, with Yr 9 pupils from all regions of the LEA. The preliminary aim was to unite the authority with its distinct socio-economic bands through the children by considering 6 protectected characterisitics - age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
Discussion topics for KS 3 Gender group: Gender identity and life choices from stories
- Sport - rugby, dance - open opportunities for all sections in sport. This year was the first time women competed in boxing in the Olympics, making it for the first time a zero all-male sports event since 776BC. Boxing paradoxically a violent full-contact sport but essential for self-defence and establishing authority. Men too, this is the first time in a 100 years the Bristish gymnasts have won a gold medal. All this makes for a better all-rounded society.
- Clothing/fashion - Boys and girls should be able to wear shorts to school in the summer, rather than either skirts or long trousers. Like girls, boys should have the freedom to cut their hair the length they choose. All this supports individual expression, with girls and boys being allowed to dress in practical rather than conformist ways. Clothes define who we are, they are also a means to hide behind. Self-esteem is greatly effected by them, for example brands and how this affects perceived status and personal value.
- Lessons - need to remove gendered bias towards specific subjects, such as girls and textiles and boys with woodwork.
Clubs, societies and hobbies - For example as with singing, clubs are often found to be a girl-only choral group and boy-keep-out rap bands. Only be advertising to gender that these groups are not so popular with can these associations be challenged.
Through the media and education to make it better for everyone.
Important messages can be delivered in Early Childhood, the sooner the better.