Name of the Method
GENDER EQUALITY PRIVILEGE WALK
GENDER EQUALITY PRIVILEGE WALK
We recommend a minimum of 10, 18+ participants.
You will need to print the identities.
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
- 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 think about the identity they were assigned, in silence
- Ask participants 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
Our purpose is to better understand how gender intersects with other social constructs, and raise awareness of various forms of privilege.
Stemmed from Peggy McIntosh’s concept of White Privilege - Adapted by: Antonis Bekiaris, Celia Galván, Triny Diaz and Vasiliki Chatzaki