SCHOOLS: AT THE FRONTLINE OF POSITIVE CHANGE . . .
If your school / educational establishment is interested in actively educating your little ones about the root causes of misogyny, inequality and violence against women, here are a few suggestions.
We encourage you to discuss the following with a parent, teacher or other trusted adult.
1. In England and Wales, the police receive an average of 100 calls per hour from women who are in danger from an abuser (a person who hurts, frightens or controls another person).
What do you think the police should do when they get a call from someone who is scared?
2. It is estimated that 1 in every 4 women in the UK has experienced some form of abuse. That means a quarter of the female population for the whole of the United Kingdom!
Why do you think so many women experience abuse? Is there anything you are seeing in the world which might suggest that women are treated less fairly than men?
3. Across the UK, at least 1 in 7 children under the age of 18 will have experienced Domestic Abuse.
What would you do if one of your friends was living with Domestic Abuse?
In what ways might you try to help them without getting them, or anyone else they may know, into trouble with the person they are afraid of?
4. It is very sad to note that around the world, every single day, 137 women are killed by an abusive man. This means every year, 50,000 women are taken away from their loves ones, just as Aniyah’s mum was taken away from Aniyah.
What would you do if you were the leader of a country or a Member of Parliament, to help lower this figure?
5. In the book, Aniyah, her mum and Noah hide away in a women’s shelter that Aniyah calls ‘the-hotel-that-wasn’t-really-a-hotel’. There shelters exist in the UK, but more and more of them are being closed down by the UK government, and those that are still open, do not have enough space to help all the women coming to them.
If women and children running away from abuse are being told there no shelters or no space available for them. where might they go?
6. In 2018, the UK government announced it would be investing £28.8 billion into maintaining UK’s roads. By comparison, it promised only £20million to keep women’s services open – even though their own human computers have calculated £724million is needed every year to keep women’s shelters and services open.
What do you think might happen to women’s shelters if they don’t have any money?
What so you think we could do to help them?
If you would like to speak to someone about any of the issues raised above, or in The Star Outside My Window, the following people can help…