In December 2015, KYP teachers Rachael and Kelly led a group of KYP female students to debate against 99 other women from all around the world in the BBC 100 Women Global Debate. Read Kelly’s account of the experience:
Earlier this week, I led a group of spirited female students to debate against women from all around the world in the BBC 100 Women global debate. I watched as these girls ripped through questions like “Does a woman need to act like a man in order to lead?” They said things like, “You don’t have to wear pants in order to be a leader. All you need is your strength of will and, when it comes to that, women can easily match up to men.”
Hearing these young girls speak their minds with gusto and passion, I was never more optimistic about the future of women. At the same time, I couldn’t help but wonder: if this is the way girls start off – full of energy and the determination to go out and conquer the world – then why don’t more of them do just that? What happens along the way that stops them in their tracks?
Homework duty, that’s what. It’s the automatic expectation that women would and should take on the bulk of the child rearing, no matter how many hours they are working. Whether it’s making the cupcakes for the class birthday party or checking over spelling on a rainy Sunday afternoon, people still think of these activities as mum activities. Well, they’re not. They’re everyone activities.
Read Kelly’s full article in SCMP here: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1886725/helping-homework-isnt-just-mums-job-especially-when-shes
The BBC 100 Women Global Debate, live as it happened: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-34966666