Divas Girls - Discrimination

Diva Girl’s Blog Post – October 5th (Discrimination)

The topic for today was discrimination and how it can impact not only the way you see yourself and behave but also how it can impact the way others treat you.

When the girls first entered the room, some words were defined, these included words like: racism and stereotypes. Then we started talking about gender discrimination and stereotypes of these shown in the media. A game was played after where the girls would have to change career names like “weatherman”, into gender-neutral names like “weather person”.

We talked about how women are almost 4 times more likely to be shown at home in advertisements while the men are the ones working at car dealerships or as CEOs, etc. An Audi commercial was mentioned where they made a correlation between buying a car and getting a girlfriend. Then we looked at how women are portrayed in movies and noticed that recently that although there has been a lot of change in how women are represented there is still a long way to go. One of the girls mentioned a TV show and how even though the main character was is female, she is nowhere on the poster.

The dangers of conforming into these stereotypes was mentioned and the fact that girls that do conform are more likely to have child marriages or drop out of school at an earlier age, and that boys who conform are more likely to be aggressive and are prone to drug abuse.

Many of the girls began talking about their own experiences with discrimination and Islamophobia and this started the discussion of what they should do if they experience discrimination in both the workplace and at school, what it means to file a complaint, and how to seek help if needed. Many students offered their own tips for example, finding support, they also mentioned the impact that a man can make if they offer support and bring awareness to these issues at school or in the workplace.

Then the girls were asked to get into groups of 4 or 5 and start a script or an outline of what they wanted to make a video about which will be filmed October 12th. Questions were asked and many went home with a good idea of what they wanted to film.

Amna Quaid Azam


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