Student response on how to achieve gender equity
We’ve had a busy and exciting three months!
Not only did we host a graduation for 12 of our students, our Students With Dreams student leaders teamed up with UNWomen to host a HeForShe event with students and recent graduates on the Chancellor University campus. HeForShe is a global solidarity campaign for gender equality and our dreamers did a fantastic job at creating dialogue around gender inequality and how men can play a larger role in creating a more gender equal space in Malawi.
At the HeForShe event, Art and Global Health Center Africa and the dreamers collected responses from the crowd on various questions about creating a more gender equal Malawi. Our first question to the crowd: In what ways are Malawi men and women not equal? Some responses included:
"Women are domesticated instead of educated" and "Subsistence farming is [considered] for women. Commercial farming is for men."
Our second question of the night: What role do men play in creating a gender equal Malawi?
"Men should own the gender issue and not look at it as a 'woman affair.'"
"Treat siblings equally so they grow up with a gender equal mindset."
"Stop underrating women by giving them a chance to express their views - Women are heroes too!!!"
The UN Women HeForShe event hosted by the dreamers was a success, with lively discussion highlighting gender inequality, roles and the spaces that can be created by men to achieve an equitable world.
To recognize all the amazing work our dreamers have done this year, we held a graduation of our Students With Dreams Chancellor College Class of 2014 - 2015. The 12 graduates and our staff celebrated with delicious barbeque and dancing around a campfire. It was a joyous celebration of all that our students have accomplished. Within the span of six months, they designed their own projects, working closely with communities to address local issues, such as nutrition, gender equity, education, and social justice.
Our students have accomplished so many amazing things this year and none of it could have been done without your support. We have watched as our students began with only a dream of a better future for Malawi to developing ideas of how to accomplish that dream and then to making those ideas a reality.
Dreamers, we are so proud of you!
Supporters, thank you for believing in them and joining them on their journey!