You will need
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- This activity could also be completed online. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
- Play the video above and get familiar with it. Each slide of the video lasts for three seconds, so be ready to press pause if the group need more time.
- This is a great icebreaker to mark celebrations like International Women’s Day. We’ve included some more information on this annual global event below.
Play the game
- The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the meeting and ask them to mute themselves.
- The person leading the activity should play the video.
- The person leading the activity should explain that only part of the picture is visible. Everyone should work together to try to guess which inspirational women the picture is of.
- The person leading the activity should continue to reveal the image by letting the video play. After each new slide, you could press pause so everyone can chat about who the picture might feature.
- When everyone can see the whole picture, they should talk about why this woman is changing the world we live in.
- Everyone should repeat steps two to five with the other pictures.
According to the World Economic Forum, ‘none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children’. Gender parity is when women and men are able to equally contribute to all aspects of life, from holding senior management positions and political roles to earning to same amount and having the same legal rights.
This icebreaker celebrated 10 incredible women who are making the world a fairer place for everyone, whatever their gender, race, ability, or geographic location. There are many people who paved the way for this, and many more taking action right now. As the World Economic Forum explains, there’s still a long way (and a long time – almost 100 years) to go before we have global gender equality.
Below are some of the global changes that need to have to make gender parity a reality. Encourage everyone to point out the areas listed where the famous faces in this quiz are making a difference, and then think of some ways they can help. This could be through spreading awareness, lobbying local government, or joining global campaigns.
- More women in political leadership positions. Women have secured just 25% of available parliamentary positions.
- More female presidents and prime ministers. In the past 50 years, 85 states have had no female head of state.
- More women empowered and able to work. Only 55% of women aged 15-64 are engaged in the labour market as opposed to 78% of men.
- All women allowed to open bank accounts and apply for credit cards. There are 72 countries where women are barred from opening bank accounts or obtaining credit.
- Reduce unpaid female work. There is no country where men spend the same amount of time on unpaid work as women. In countries where the ratio is lowest, it’s still 2:1.
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.