“Women vs. Men in institutions: Dialogue, Confrontation, and Gender Empowerment” (First Parte)
Abstract: As we challenge the status quo of the power relations of women and men in different institutions, many things would pop up to our awareness. The binary concept of gender is overcome by a see-saw pattern of masculinity and femininity within the same individual, reflecting the richness of diversity and the complexity of dynamics as well.
Gender empowerment is most effective when it applies to young people: gender sensitization theories claim that modification of the adults’ behavior (e.g. teachers and parents) towards children can have a causal effect on gender equality. This workshop will open the way towards a deeper look at the meanings of gender identity, with consideration of gender stereotypes, gender justice, and gender equality concerns, in addition to gender empowerment. In a here and now experience, and with the use of creative arts, participants will be invited to examine the previous conceptions and to reflect upon their personal attitudes and beliefs. Possible applications will be discussed. The workshop emphasizes the importance of the work on the adult level: the therapist, the consultant and the educator, which can affect multiple layers of society, down to the children and up to the decision makers. It will be run in English and Italian, but a lot more languages are welcome to join.