Discussion Topics

The following is a list of topics you may wish to raise with your students as you discuss empowerment and gender equality.

Leadership and Democratic Participation

  • The women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th Century
  • Role models and mentorship
  • Leadership and empowerment
  • Civic engagement and participation

Economic Equality

  • Poverty
  • Career opportunities and advancement
  • Access to education
  • Entrepreneurship

Gender-based Violence

  • Relationship violence
  • Sexual violence and consent
  • Family violence and abuse
  • Sexual harassment
  • Cyberviolence/cyberbullying
  • Human trafficking
  • Victim blaming
  • Violence against LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming persons


  • Health
  • Healthy relationships
  • Mental health and depression
  • Body image
  • Self esteem

Rights and Equality

  • Gender equality
  • Human rights
  • Discrimination and stereotyping
  • Child, early and forced marriage
  • The media and the Internet
  • Gender identity and expression

Discussion Questions

  • Why does gender equality matter?
  • Think about the progress that has been made toward equality — who or what was responsible for these advances? How can further progress be made?
  • How did the events of 1916 – when Manitoba became the first province to allow women to vote – change Canada? What would Canada be like today if women had not been given the right to vote?
  • What barriers to gender equality still exist?
  • What are gender stereotypes? Why are they harmful?
  • Name some of the gender stereotypes you’ve encountered and describe how they’ve affected you or people you know.
  • How do we overcome gender stereotypes — both as individuals and as a society?
  • Who do you admire? Name some positive role models for both girls and boys. How can you be a role model for gender equality at home and at school?
  • What can Canadians do to defend gender equality and human rights for women and girls living around the world?
  • How does gender inequality affect women’s prosperity? The overall economy?
  • Does poverty affect women more often than men? If so, why?
  • Why do you think there are fewer women in senior positions in business and on corporate boards? What can be done to change this?
  • Have you observed inequality between the sexes in your own life? Name some scenarios in which women and men might be treated differently.
  • What can men and boys do to help eliminate gender inequality?
  • Why do fewer women tend to run for political office? How can this be changed?
  • What would happen if there were more women involved in politics? Would government and its policies change? How?
  • How does violence against women and girls relate to gender inequality? Is it a cause? A consequence? Both?
  • How can parents and teachers help eliminate gender inequality at home and at school? What can students do?
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