When girls participate in sports and physical activity, it offers them the opportunity to challenge traditional and stereotypical gender roles and helps build confidence and self-esteem.
Community Post: Swedish Toy Catalog Defies Gender Stereotypes
Swedish retailer Top Toy defied modern gender-specific stereotyping with their 2012 catalog's gender-neutral portrayals of girls playing with Nerf toy guns and boys playing with dolls, and most importantly, with one another.
Meet 8-year-old Tarcizia Narcizo Nguzi who loves hula hooping. "I have already done it ten times today," she says. "I will be a doctor when I grow up, and I will tell my patients to hula hoop. My teacher says it is good for exercise." Tarcizia's school was given more than 50 hula hoops, as part of the sports kit provided through the Child-Friendly Schools initiative.
UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Krämer Foundation today kicked off a new fundraising drive to raise US$80 million to help Africa’s girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty and other vulnerable children go to school and get a quality education.
In 2010 a gender audit of the education sector in Mozambique was conducted by UNICEF. And we found that more girls are enrolling in schools especially at primary level. The difference in enrolments between boys and girls has been reducing steadily. Girls in primary schools grew from 42.7 percent in 2000 to 47.7 percent in 2011. However, the key conclusion from the audit is that there is a still lot of ground to be covered to achieve gender equality in schools.
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world" - #NelsonMandela
"7Wonderlicious focuses on overturning the gender stereotypes that make girls obsess with body image, keep girls from taking leadership roles, that limit girls’ interests in sciences and math and cause them to feel self-aware when playing sports. This project focuses on activism, literacy and on creating products for girls that counter the gender stereotypes that are so prevalent in our society." – Ines Almeida, founder of 7Wonderlicious & A Chain of Girl Goodness
More than 7.5 million children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia have gained improved access to quality education through a 10-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF.
A group of girls from SF State and USF has taken up the international sport of rugby, defying stereotypical gender roles in the process.