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Churchie Gender Summit - 09 October 2015

On the Wednesday 16 September, the Year 9 Middle School Leaders for both semesters were invited to attend a Gender Summit held at Churchie. While at first we had no clue what a ‘Gender Summit’ actually entailed, we soon discovered that it was a conference for young people, male and female, to discuss gender equality in the future. To break the ice, we were given the opportunity to mingle with the Churchie boys through several activities revolving around the issue of gender inequity. Although this sounded exceedingly heavy, it was surprisingly fun and allowed us to get to know the students from other schools better (but mostly the boys).


Throughout the course of the day, through observing presentations and panel discussions, we learnt about the role sexism still plays in society. It was particularly interesting to discuss the topic from the perspective of both genders. Dr Arne Rubinstein gave a speech about the transition from childhood to adulthood and the strange limbo that is being a teenager. He spoke of how, as the future leaders in 2035, we have a responsibility to create a society that is run by women and men, rather than boys and girls. After collaborating in groups, we brainstormed ideas and shared opinions on how to solve gender inequity not just in the future, but through actions that can be taken in the present. Overall, the day was immensely enjoyable and provided us with some valuable knowledge for the future.

 

Grace Nakamura