“You can’t play football because you’re a girl! How can you help your mom do the dishes, it’s a woman’s job?” – These are just some of the everyday gender stereotypes children are growing up with. Gender equality and ensuring equal opportunities regardless of gender is a necessity of a democratic society!
The importance of gender equality has been addressed in various discussions, initiatives and practices, but gender stereotypes and unconscious sexual bias seem to be deeply rooted in society, passed on to next generations and affecting the development of boys and girls.
Therefore, the goal of the project #We CAN EQUALLY – Children and youth to eliminate stereotypes about men and women is to increase awareness, inform and educate about gender equality, gender stereotypes and gender discrimination among primary and secondary school students and their teachers.
The competition was conducted in primary and secondary schools. The aim was to encourage students and their teachers to think critically about gender equality in the whole community because education is seen as an essential factor that can ensure the effective suppression of gender stereotypes and ensure a more equal future. You can see the gallery of student works here.
The project is co-financed by the Office for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Government of the Republic of Croatia within the Swiss-Croatian Cooperation Program. The project partners are the Croatian Association of Counties, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb, the Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević Elementary School in Zagreb and the Stjepan Sulimanac Elementary School in Pitomača.)
#WECANEQUALLT supports the education system in implementing gender mainstreaming policies to ensure a fairer future for the boys and girls of the generations to come.