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3.1 ‘It’s a girl!’

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Figure 9

So far in this course you have looked at the patchy progress towards gender equality, looking at some of the traumas of our recent past and at some horrific experiences that continue to damage the lives of some girls and women even today.

You have looked in particular at how the lives of some girls and women have been transformed (think about Tanjina Khan), but also how many other girls and women are still a long way from living safely in a gender equal society (think about the FGM video).

Activity 3

Imagine that tomorrow your baby daughter is born. Consider these questions:

  • What changes would you like to see over her lifetime that would mean that she is less disadvantaged by being born female?
  • The private and public lives of women have been profoundly altered in the last century and these will hugely benefit most girls born today, including yours. But do you think this could be reversed – if so what could reverse it?

Write a paragraph explaining your views.

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You will now review your learning from this week.