By: Lauren Rothschild
Girls Learn International
Sometimes the idea solving global gender inequality can seem difficult for a few teenagers to pull off. Taking the first step can lead to great strides in the future and this list can help get you started.
- Start a club at the high school or middle school level!
There are many organizations to start a chapter of, such as Girls Learn International which is a daughter organization of the Feminist Majority Foundation. This organization encourages girls to empower themselves and each other while promoting gender equality globally. Alternatively you can start a completely original club with a focus on a specific issue, such as early child marriage, sex trafficking or women’s education rights.
- Start a book club!
There are so many great books out there for teens and adults to read about global gender equality. Some examples are I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, A Path Appears and Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and finally #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. Reading work by activists is inspiring and can motivate you to advocate for an issue you care about in your life.
- Host a community film screening!
Film is a great way to address global gender inequality in your community and there are many great options to choose from. There are the two aforementioned books by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that have movie adaptations as well as Malala Yousafzai’s documentary He Named me Malala. Additionally Miss Representation and Difret are excellent films to showcase.
- Host a Panel!
Pick a topic you and your peers are passionate about and plan a discussion about the problems and possible solutions. Invite local speakers from various fields to contribute to the conversation. Brainstorm several key questions about the issue and advertise the event to your community. The more people who learn something new about gender equality related issues the bigger the change we can make for women and the girls in the world!
- Plan a fundraiser!
The options are practically endless when it comes to fundraising. Depending on your resources and circumstances you can go big, like a community-wide dinner or car wash, or something a bit smaller like a bake sale. Pick a cause to focus your efforts on and advertise your plans! Again, Girls Learn International is a great option to work with because you can donate your profits to a specific partner school with a project they need assistance with.
Don’t be afraid to be bold, raise your voice and take action!