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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Teacher Lesson Plan

Share the importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women LESSON PLAN
Credit: UN Women

Students watch the following two films about heroes fighting for the elimination of violence against women and consider the discussion questions and activities.


Alyse Nelson of Vital Voices speaks out on violence against women.

Producer: MY HERO

Vital Voices was the recipient of the 2017 Women Transforming Media Award.

Women Are Gold

Producer: Lizzie Green

One woman must learn how to value herself in a society that holds men in higher esteem than women.

Discussion Questions and Activities

1. Alyse Nelson says violence against women is a global crisis. Who are the heroes in your community working to end violence against women? Share his or her story with MY HERO.

2. Women Are Gold highlighted the fact that men are held in higher esteem than women in Cambodia. Where else in the world do women lack the same opportunities as men? 

3. Why is it important for organizations to support women in these countries? How do these programs change a woman or girl's life? 

4. Research activists working to protect and support women. Who impressed you? Share his or her story with MY HERO.

 

Students read some or all of the following stories about heroes standing up for the rights of women around the world.

One of the stories is available in text and audio so students can listen as they read. Great for ESL/EFF students.


RAWA

By: Wendy Jewell

RAWA promotes women's rights through non-violent action.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

By: Jane Wallace

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe works to end violence and sexual exploitaton in Uganda.

Kyung Yoon Kang

By: Claire Huang

Kyung Yoon Kang is a reporter who exposes criminal activity against women among male celebrities in Korea.

Elizabeth Smart

By: Sydney Eminhizer

Elizabeth Smart survived a 9-month kidnapping when she was 14 years old and is now an advocate for overcoming trauma.

Great for ESL/EFF Students: The story about Maria Bashir is available in text and audio so students can listen as they read.

Maria Bashir

By: Mena from San Diego

Maria Bashir is an Afghani prosecutor and advocate for women.

Discussion Questions and Activities

1. Each of the women in these stories is an advocate for working to end violence against women. How are these heroes alike and how are they different? 

2. What laws and organizations protect women in your country? 

3. Who is an activist working to end violence against women? Share her or his story with MY HERO.

4. Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped at the age of 14 and was a victim of violence. She now acts as an advocate for those overcoming trauma. Who in your community helps those overcoming trauma? Share his or her story with MY HERO.  

Learning Outcomes

Students will recognize that gender inequalities exist around the world. Students will identify those individuals working to end violence against women.

 

Laura Nietzer

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.

Related Pages


Women's Equality Day

By: Becky Miller

Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women full voting rights in 1920.

Women's History Month | March

The My Hero Project celebrates Women's History Month by featuring women heroes who have advanced women's rights and broken barriers.

External Links


Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Visit the MY HERO Calendar


Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program


Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.


Organizer created on 10/1/2019 1:07:15 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 9/30/2020 1:51:51 PM by Laura Nietzer

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