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Kick Start Equality campaign works on gender equality for all. Our main aim is to break gender stereotypes in young minds as young as nursery and KG by introducing them to coloring books that send across a message of gender neutrality. These books have images of gender fluidity like boys building doll houses and girls riding on dinosaurs or girls running a bike repair shop. Our students also reinvent fairy tale stories on their own and narrate them to junior school students to break stereotypical mindsets of society. We believe that mindsets are made and build their foundation during the younger years of school life. Hence, we give a lot of importance to these issues. We have story books that talk about boys playing with doll houses. We also reinvent nursery rhymes in which a spoon runs away with another spoon instead of a dish and little Miss Muffet does not get scared of the spider, instead she shoes it away. We also conduct social experiments with students of our school where we ask them basic questions like “who do you think flies an airplane?” and “who builds automobiles?” to see what they answer and they show them the real time people who do all these jobs.

Going forward, we would like to propagate the same in other schools by reaching out to them and conduct gender sensitization sessions for them. We will also be connecting with gender neutral book authors, also spread gender equality through comic books and have a book shelf created in our library which will be specifically dedicated to gender neutral books. We will be inviting the authors and writers of such books to interact with our students. Also associate ourselves with NGOs that work for equality and create movement that will bring about a bigger change in society.


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Story Telling session for breaking gender stereotypes

Campaign members conducted a story session on 03 December 2019  for students of  grade III to break gender stereotypes and spread the message of gender fluidity by reinventing stories and fairy tale characters. They even discussed with the students about the various characters from children's cartoon movies like Marvel, Spiderman, Avengers and asked them to share their thoughts about each character and the role that each one plays. What do they see these roles and expressions as and how do they relate to these roles in real life. Also they went on to share behaviors and aspects of the famous Frozen characters to show that girls aren't always only doing pretty things or busy dressing up but they can also take on the world and be strong to fight their own battles. The message they sent across through this session was wide and clear. The kids were very observant throughout  the session and participated in the discussion with a lot of enthusiasm.

Workshop on 'Sexuality Education' was conducted by an organization 'Cry For Help' for the students of classes IX & XI on 10 July 2019
Sensitization session in July 2019
Our Kick start equality campaign heads, Vania Kapoor and Diya Bhardwaj, along with their team conducted a session with class III students during their library period in mid July. The session focused on breaking the stereotypical mindset related to gender. So these members, worked together, brainstorming ideas to create gender equality based stories. They started the session by asking how many boys play with barbies and how many girls play with bikes/cars. It was surprising to see a handful going up. This totally describes the parenting style and also the exposure the school gives to gender equality. They also reinvented stories like 'Cindrella' and gave the story a twist. The added a character, 'Godmother' who donates some money to cindrella for all the good deeds that she has been doing. Cindrella then uses that money to become an entrepreneur. She starts baking and makes a fortune. So this story emphasizes on this girl becoming her own master and excelling in her life by giving herself a career. Another story where they changed the enite theme of Disney land and gave each character a career. So one princess from Disney land was a space scientist and the other a navigator, etc.,
The students showed keen interest in the session and enjoyed every bit of it. The  members plan to organize more such sessions for classes IV and V too in the future.
 
 
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