The groups could make models of the landscape
using "junk". In this case, you will need to have a
good collection of small boxes, tubs, tubes, paper, stones, nuts,
bits of string and wool, paper clips, etc and also glue and card
for the bases for the models.
The method of drawing a map from the present to the future can
be adapted to most issues where you want participants to think
freely and imaginatively about finding solutions to problems.
Suggestions for follow-up
Explore gender further or one of the other issues which were
raised. For example, you could do research in the local library
or on the Internet or ask a representative of an organisation
that works to address inequality of opportunity for a particular
group in society to come to talk to the group.
Having spent time thinking about gender equality now and in
the future, the group may like to 'turn around' and 'look back'
to reflect on equality in the past. The method described in "The
history line" in the all different all equal education
pack is one way to explore how the concept and practice of
gender equality has changed through history.
Alternatively, you may like to explore issues about discrimination
and the right to cultural identity within the context of sustainable
development in the activity "Makah whaling".
Ideas for action
Look at your own school, club or workplace policies about equal
opportunities in relation to gender and discuss how the policies
are implemented and whether or not any changes or extra efforts
need to be made to bring your institution to the status of Equality-land.
The concept behind this activity is that of "Empowerment".
Empowerment is difficult to translate and sometimes also difficult
to explain, even in English! "Empowerment" is both the
means and the outcome of the pedagogy that some people call "Liberatory"
One definition of 'empowerment', from Oxfam, is:
"Empowerment involves challenging the forms of oppression,
which compel millions of people to play a part in their society
on terms that are unequal, or in ways which deny their human rights."