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Gender Equality - Whose Problem is it Anyway? explores themes of gender equality, including empowerment opportunities for women and men, education for women and girls, programmes to help women attain self-sufficiency, programmes to help women attain leadership training and positions, and opportunities for women in business; and human rights, including respect for, and understanding of, human rights, democracy, good governance and peacebuilding/conflict resolution.

Learning about gender gives students tools for critically engaging in and understanding their own lives and communities, and develops an awareness of global issues.

Goals for this Resource Guide

This resource guide is intended for secondary school students and intends to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and realities of gender inequality and its implications for international development
  • Stimulate dialogue on issues relating to gender and gender inequality by drawing on the students’ own experiences and realities
  • Instil a sense of global citizenship in students 4Empower students by showing them how they can actively contribute to positive change by helping to address gender inequality in their own communities and around the world

What's in this Resource Guide?

This resource guide is divided into four chapters. The first chapter provides an introduction to the concept of gender and how it is relevant to the Millennium Development Goals. The following chapters highlight key development challenges from a development perspective, including education, health, economic growth, political leadership, environment and youth engagement. Ideas and activities for taking further action are identified at the end of each section.

The chapters in this guide can be used as a series of lessons over an extended period, or each chapter can be used as a stand-alone lesson. It is recommended that Chapter 1 is first introduced to the class as it provides an overview of key concepts, including gender and international development. The remaining chapters can be used in any order, or more than one chapter can be incorporated into a lesson. Activities can also be skipped to save time.

This guide is available in print and pdf form on the VIDEA website ( While this material is intended primarily for use by high school teachers and students, it can also be used by youth groups, clubs, and anyone with an interest in international development.