We wil rock it
Activity suitable to be used for gender issues, awareness about inequalities and discrimination
Number of people to be involved
2 teams of 6 to 8 people in each
Space and Technical requirements
Sport hall or football pitch
A ball (depending on the sport you play), equipment and sport materials such as t-shirts in 2 colours, cones or anything related to the sport you play.
Flipcharts, markers or other materials (optional)
(expected learning outcomes)
This session is meant to contribute to:
• foster understanding about gender equality
• raise awareness about gender issues in sports
• raise awareness about discrimination issues and inequalities in society
• foster inclusion through sport
• apply techniques of Human rights education through sport
The session step by step (with timing and responsibilities)
10 – 15 minutes
The 1st round of the game will be played normally with the normal rules and mixed teams. So explain the rules of the team sport which you have chosen to play during the session and tell participants that they will play a first round of the game within 10/15 min.
Then just watch and observe their play in mixed teams. Choose time according to your session, the sport performed and the target group and do not make it longer than 15 min because it could be tiring of the participants
10 – 15 minutes
Once the 1st round is terminated then announce that there will be changes within the teams and make one team of men and one of women. They will now play against each other. Teams shall have equal number of participants. They have to choose a captain.
Trainer is carefully observing the situation and notices whether or not there are differences in the play compared to the 1st round played in mixed teams. Also, trainer has to observe the behaviour and attitudes of participants and whether they seem or are affected by the newly applied rules in this round.
This round is played in the mentioned timeframe but trainer needs to make sure there is a team – winner.Once the 1st round is terminated then announce that there will be changes within the teams and make one team of men and one of women. They will now play against each other. Teams shall have equal number of participants. They have to choose a captain. Trainer is carefully observing the situation and notices whether or not there are differences in the play compared to the 1st round played in mixed teams. Also, trainer has to observe the behaviour and attitudes of participants and whether they seem or are affected by the newly applied rules in this round.
This round is played in the mentioned timeframe but trainer needs to make sure there is a team – winner.
10 – 15 minutes
Trainer announce to participants that now a 3rd round will be played. In this round the ones who won the previous game shall play with one participant less in the team. Captain shall choose whom to let go.
Finally, the score of each round is counted.
Players do not know the rules changes in advance at each round, but learn them right before each of the rounds is played. So they do not have the time to think about strategies to prevent it from affecting their attitudes. At first,trainer may just say that the game is meant to be tricked 3 times.
30 – 40 minutes
Debriefing questions to participants:
How did they feel in each of the 3 rounds, and was there a difference in their feelings during the different stages of the game? If so, what was different and why? To better or worse?
What has changed as a result? It was harder / easier to play in some of the rounds and why?
Is there anyone who has not felt comfortable and for what reason? What is the role of the captain of the team? Was it difficult to choose who did not play even though the team won and by what criteria has been chosen the one who left? How was feeling the one who left while leaving although his team won?
If they could play the exercise again, what would they change (not in the rules of the game but in their own behavior while playing with the different rules) so that everyone will feels comfortable and engaging in the game? What have they learned? how do they relate it to a situation in everyday life?
(Synthesis of emerging key issues, most important outputs, results of the session – that will be included in the report)
In conclusion, trainer explains that the idea is through the game the participants should feel different and feel that sometimes even without thinking we react intuitively, for example, with neglect to the weaker. Also girls are sometimes discriminated not only in sports but also in other everyday situations, and this should not be the case.
The idea of this exercise is to show solidarity through a sport play and it is the case only in the first round when everyone plays together in mixed team, but this does not always represent true everyday situations. This is what participants/ youngsters need to understand out of this game and pushing them to play with other rules emphasizes other situations that we rarely analyse and of which we think about in our everyday life.
Trainer shall keep in mind that this game (the changes of the rules within the 2nd and 3rd rounds) may provoke unpleasant feelings and frustration for some of the participants, depending on their personalities, temperament and personal characters and features, whether girls or boys. It is by provoking such feelings that they can realize that such issues exist often in everyday life but we tend to not noticing it or rarely do. That is why this exercise and the idea of such type of training is elaborated and structured in that way.