Exploring the Realities of Gender Inequality, Defining Human Security, and Studying Identity Based Violence and Discrimination

The students have hit the ground running at PROWIBO’s program at SWU. Following a great first day of teaching, Georgiana has challenged the students to explore complex topics, such as gender inequality, LGBTQ rights, and identity based violence and discrimination.
Tuesday’s session focused on gender inequality. Georgiana began the session by discussing Thailand’s rankings in the Human Development Index and the Gender Inequality Index. Following this introduction, Georgiana led a discussion on the ways in which human development and gender inequality are measured.
Georgiana then led a discussion exploring what makes gender inequality persistent in societies. The students explored the role of culture and gender norms in underpinning gender stereotypes and patriarchal systems of oppression.
Georgiana presented students with a number of proverbs from around the world that illustrate how deeply culturally entrenched sexism is. The students were then encouraged to think of Thai saying that reveal sexism and gender stereotypes.
Students brainstorm ideas during the seminar discussion.
In the second part of the session, the students examined the meanings of peace and security. Georgiana split the students up in two groups. Each group was asked to select their top 3 security threats from a list that included climate change, migration, terrorism, domestic violence, cyberwarfare, poverty and nuclear weapons. Utilising the students’ answers from the activity, the class began to unpack the meanings of violence, peace and security.
“By the end of the second part of the session, students have gained a more nuanced understanding of the  difference between direct and structural violence, negative and positive peace, and various dimensions of human security,” said Georgiana.
Students share their thoughts during a discussion on gender inequality.
In the last part of the session, the students examined two case studies of gender inequality: the issue of women’s unpaid work and the strategic need to invest in and increase  girls’ education. Following this illuminating discussion, Georgiana concluded the session by showing the students excerpts of Chimamanda Adichie’s TEDx talk ‘We should all be feminists’.
Students explore case studies on gender inequality.

In Wednesday’s session, 17 students participated in a lecture that focused on sex, sexuality and gender, with a focus on  LGBTQ rights. Georgiana began the session with an exercise that helped the class familiarise themselves with the LGBTQ vocabulary. Georgiana believed it was important to ensure that the students understand key terminology, such as transgender, cisgender, intersex, asexuality, and bisexuality.

“Taking into account students’ feedback from the previous sessions,  I’ve decided to make the sessions even more engaging so we explored issues regarding discrimination based on gender and sexuality thorough a series of non-formal educational methods,” said Georgiana.
The class had a discussion on hate crimes by analysing a series of case studies concerning transphobia. Students were split into groups and were given a summary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. They had to identify what human rights were violated in each case.
The students discuss sex, sexuality, and gender.
In order to facilitate a more in depth examination of identity based violence and discrimination, the class played a game that required students to think about what parts of their identity (class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender etc) make them most vulnerable and which ones puts them in positions of privilege.
Students participate in the seminar exercise on identity.
“This exercise led to a very interesting discussion about the need for people to understand that we have relationships with ‘entire’ persons, not just with one of their identities,” said Georgiana.
In the evening  Georgina had dinner with some of the university professors. “I had a wonderful and very tasty dinner with several professors, including one who did his PhD at Leeds, where I am currently studying!” said Georgiana.
Many thanks to Georgiana for sharing her thoughts. With only one day left in the program at SWU, we would like to thank Georgina, Sipim, and all of the university staff for making this program possible. To stay up to date on our lecturers, follow our blog.

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