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Youth Centres

Working in a Youth Centre to end Violence Against Women and Girls.

Prevention work should not just happen in formal education settings. Youth clubs and other groups such as guiding offer brilliant opportunities to engage with more young people and the resources on this site are equally applicable.

Working with Girl Guiding UK for ‘Girls in Action’ to stop Violence Against Women and Girls:

AVA developed an education pack in partnership with UK Girl Guides to promote gender equality and to help end Violence Against Women and Girls. Three resources were developed (each containing age-appropriate activities):

  1. Rainbows and Brownies: for girls aged 4-10
  2. Guides and Seniors: for girls aged 11-25
  3. Guidance for leaders

You can download the packs and adapt the activities for use in any setting. Please reference AVA and Girl Guiding.

Case study AVA: Change the Story

4th Didsbury Rainbows delivered the AVA ‘Change the Story’ education pack. Activities made the girls think about whether some toys are just for girls, just for boys or for all children. After playing with lots of different toys, the girls decided that they were for all children and asked their Leaders if they could send a letter to local toy shops explaining their point of view.

‘I thought it was amazing and I hope the people in the toy shops will really listen to our letters. We are the ones who actually play with the toys.’

Rainbow Nancy Mellor, aged 5

The Rainbows gave letters to shops and many larger stores including ones in Manchester city centre and the Trafford Centre. The text of the letter the Rainbows wrote is as follows:

“Last week at Rainbows we played with lots of toys and then talked about whether we thought they were girls’ toys or boys’ toys. At first we thought there were some which were just for girls or just for boys but when we had talked about it some more, we decided that if someone wants to they should be able to play with any toy they enjoy playing with.”

‘We love playing with Lego, cars, swords and robots and we think it’s fine for boys to play with dolls, horses and tea sets. We want to see more toy shops display all the toys together and definitely not label toys as “for boys” or “for girls” as we think that’s silly. ”

Leader Emily Stanbridge said: “Doing this activity with the Rainbows has given them the chance to challenge preconceived ideas about gender stereotypes. They’ve enjoyed the project and had lots of fun taking part. It just shows what a difference Girlguiding can make.” [1]