Gender equality has been a hot topic for the past century, and it definitely isn’t losing any steam anytime soon. It is safe to say that a lot of children today learn about issues dealing with gender today in school. In today’s day and age, it is important to realize and accept the importance of gender equality. There are many countries across the globe that make an effort to end gender inequalities that exist in societies today.
Here at Randolph was where I truly realized how important gender equality is in order to give everyone equal opportunities at being successful in life. Randolph teaches us that gender equality is good, and essential for life. But WHAT IF Randolph wasn’t allowed to do such a thing?!?!
I read an article on newsweek.com about a new program designed to educate young children on gender equality today. This program has met great opposition from politicians within Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party and the right-wing Northern League. This game, Game of Respect, includes men and women depicted in roles that challenged the typical gender role stereotypes such as a man ironing clothes or a female firefighter. Barbara Zilli, a politician for the Northern League Party, believes that the game will confuse schoolchildren regarding their sexual identity. This is not the only bizarre rebuttal to the program. Sandra Savino, a member or Forza Italia, believes that the children are too young to understand the meaning behind the game itself.
I believe this is a bold attempt being taken to educate children on the necessity of gender equality. I believe this game can help children realize that they are capable of being successful in any career, regardless of their gender.
How would you feel about your children playing this kind of educational games school? Do you believe this is a step in the right direction? Please feel free to comment with your thoughts.