The Basics

Gender Dynamics

The relationships between men, women, boys and girls usually reflect societal attitudes and expectations. Gender dynamics impact all aspects of community life. Within Healing Classrooms, gender issues related to students and teachers include:

  • Understanding how the relationships between gender and power in the community and in the school/learning space are critical in promoting gender equality in and through education.

  • The reality that girls' and women's access to education is often more limited in crisis situations. Girls' education needs to be oriented to "strategic protection."  This approach involves gaining information and skills that enable girls and women to better protect themselves, to stay safe from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, and to participate actively in their communities.