It is an established fact that education can play an important role in moving a society towards the goal of gender equality. The positive impact of education plays out differently when targeted at girls as it can lead to their empowerment and build ability for exercise of rights. The role of the teacher in the educational process is pivotal in helping students interrogate gendered norms and subvert dominant narratives of masculinity and femininity. They can do this by using gender sensitive curriculum and pedagogy or in circumstances where the curriculum is biased towards patriarchal norms to help students challenge the curriculum.
With a view to transform beliefs and attitudes to counter (and prevent) the violence of exclusion of girls from access to educational rights in India, over 100 hundred teachers of Bluebells School International (NewDelhi) partnered WISCOMP at a workshop to explore The Role of Educational Spaces in Fostering Gender Equality on June 29, 2016. The screening of the He Named me Malala ignited discussions on the role of family, teachers, schools and community in ensuring that girls have the right to a life of dignity and choice.
As one of the participating educators poignantly said, ‘Malala’s story reminds us of the vital role that parents, especially fathers, can play in helping their daughters to realize their full potential and use their agency to affect social change’.