- Most of the
information and activities are designed for students 11-16
years of age.
- The subjects
appropriate for the event are: Social Studies, Language
Arts, Art, Geography, History, Civics, Government and Current
What to do
with the resources on this site
- Decide how
many sessions/classes you want to dedicate to this topic.
Each section of the site can be a full class activity.
- Each section
can be taught or used independently. They can all be used
at a later date, as this site, including the Question and
Answer session, will be archived.
- At the end
of each section there is a link to activities suggested
for that particular section. For questions in "The Issues"
section, suggested answers are included under the heading
"Suggestions". Hints are also provided to make the questions
easier if necessary or to add an extra dimension to the
- All the information
pages can be printed and photocopied as resources for students.
They can serve as background materials or be used in other
- During the
week leading up to 8 March, you can organize a special event.
This can be a a debate or a presentation based on some of
the issues raised on this site.
UNICEF's indispensable report,
The Progress of Nations, about women, children and babies,
and pressing global socioeconomic issues.
Many charts in the lesson were
provided by the State of the World’s Population report from
the UN Population Fund, which is easy to navigate for finding
relevant information quickly.
The World Bank site is a great
resource for world information on economics and gender. Much
of the information found in the Gender Economics section came
from this source. http://www.worldbank.org/gender/
Check out http://www.worldbank.org/gender/prr/summary.pdf
* for information on gender and poverty
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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees
website has excellent information of the special needs of women
displaced by war or other disasters. http://www.unhcr.ch/issues/women/women.htm
Teachers: be sure to check out the lesson planning sections
for Civic Education: "Refugee Women" http://www.unhcr.ch/teach/tchcived/15-18up.htm
WomenWatch is a web portal for
gender issues at the UN. Has many interactive features and
statistics (go to the Site Index for new location).
UN Economic and Social
Development has links to UN programme sites:
The UN's Department of Economic
and Social Affairs breaks down the four directions of UN action
for the advancement of women: the promotion of legal measures,
the mobilization of public opinion and international action,
research and training, and direct assistance to disadvantaged
Also from DESA, a quick reference
of gender equality globally. Provides lists of different gender
From the Department of Public
Information, a fact sheet on women and violence.
United Nations Development Fund
for Women (UNIFEM). According to their site, "UNIFEM
promotes women's empowerment and gender equality. It works
to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development
planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN
system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns
of women to all critical issues on the national, regional
and global agendas.
A UNICEF article called "Women:
'Key to Children's Nutrition'"
The main UN website's page for Women's Day and International