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GENDER EQUALITY PRIVILEGE WALK

NOTES FOR FACILITATORS
- The facilitator will set up the space, mentioning that some of the statements might be triggering.
- Be aware of the cultural background and how this reflects on gender issues
- Participants are welcome to step away from the game if they feel emotionally or mentally affected.
- Participants are not obliged to answer any of the questions.
- We recommend that this exercise is shared with a group that it’s already familiar, as the roles that are assigned should not match exactly with their own identity
- Think about a washing exercise that the group can do after the roll part ends. It is recommended to do a washing exercise before start reflecting
- Check often how the participants are feeling and if at any point they are being triggered

STEPS
- While sitting down, assign an identity to each participant. If you have more than ten, please double the identities or ask participants to observe and take notes
- Ask participants to think about the identity they were assigned, in silence
- Ask participants to stand in a line
- The facilitator will read statements
- The participant will step forward if the statement applies to the identity they were assigned
- The participant has the choice to remain still if they don't feel comfortable with the statement

IDENTITIES
- Single man who uses a wheelchair and is a job seeker
- Woman in her 20s who lives in the center of a big city
- Single, gay man, over 65 years old (retired)
- Non-binary teaching assistant at a prestigious University
- Trans woman, 32, with a PhD, born in Syria
- Middle age, uneducated, divorced woman
- Gay man, with a femenine gender expression, that works as a manager
- Lesbian who works as an interpreter in an NGO
- Black young man who is a model
- Married women sex worker with children

STATEMENTS
- I'm not afraid to walk alone at night
- I feel safe when i wear the clothes that i want to wear
- I don't fear that I will be judged by society by the way i express myself
- I am judged by the number of my sexual partners
- I am not pressured to start a family as as soon as I finish education
- My community fully accepts my choice of partner
- I have immediate access to the healthcare system
- I'm not afraid that i will have less work opportunities
- I don’t feel I'm getting underpaid in comparison with my colleagues
- My knowledge and opinions are not questioned when I state them
- My appearance is fetishized without my permission
- It is legal to marry the person that I want to marry
- I contribute significantly to the household chores
- I have the unconditional support and acceptance of my family
- I have the same right of participation as other people
- My state has laws that protect my gender expression
- I have a stable and sufficient income
- I feel comfortable to go to hospital to be examined
- People always perceive my gender accurately
- I achieved the education level that I wanted

REFLECTIONS
- Think about the privileges that came with the identity you were assigned
- What do you think was the purpose of this exercise?
- Which disadvantages came with your identity?
- Facilitator picks a statement and asks participants to raise their hands if they took a step forward. What was their identity? Why did they take a step?
- What might we draw from this exercise that can help us in our everyday lives?

Method Details

Learning Space
In Person Training
Duration
30 minutes
Group Size & Age
We recommend a minimum of 10, 18+ participants.
Materials
You will need to print the identities.
Created by
Stemmed from Peggy McIntosh’s concept of White Privilege - Adapted by: Antonis Bekiaris, Celia Galván, Triny Diaz, and Vasiliki Chatzaki

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