This week, we're thinking about gender. With #MeToo growing around the world, it's more important than ever to think about our preconceptions and what we're instilling in the next generation. There are loaded expectations of both men and women that define whether we think it is our responsibility to put mustard on the grocery list, or if we feel we're allowed to cry. The first step toward breaking down these social constructs is to recognize them for what they are and to choose to challenge them.
Interestingly enough, our upcoming Positive Leadership course that begins next week has, for the first time ever, self-selected into an all-female class! While completely unexpected, this opens the door for us to dive into women's empowerment & leadership. If you like the idea of sharing in a community of curious, compassionate, powerful women leaders, come join us; it isn't too late!
That said, the course is usually gender balanced. Men are welcome and encouraged to apply, and we hope to be back to breaking down gender constructs by the next program in July!
What we're looking at
It's called the 'mental load' - the work and planning necessary to organize projects, not just execute them. Though you may think of comics as funny, read this one carefully; it holds an important message! The mental load tends to fall on women, but it isn't because of an innate affinity for remembering whether or not there is more toilet paper in the cupboard. These skills can be honed and learned, and more importantly, they can be shared by the whole household.
What we're watching:
'Boys will be boys.' 'Don't be such a girl.' 'Man up!' The indoctrination of gender roles go both directions. From a young age, men are often taught that they should not express their emotions, and that physical violence and objectification of women somehow give them value in the face of their peers. This short video from Gillette reminds us that it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to fight the stereotypes and expect better of men.
Quote we're inspired by:  

"The problem with gender is that it prescribes 

how we should be, rather than recognizing 

how we are." 



                 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education 
University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations

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