Being a Parent – When “Walking the Talk” Isn’t Easy

Last night we took our 10 year old son to an open evening at his potential future high school. He’s a great kid – funny, smart in his own unique way, great company and very affectionate. Since he started primary school I’ve been waiting for that moment when he stops leaning in for a hug … Read more

No More Boys & Girls – Lessons in Equity

As part of my prep for an upcoming talk I’ve been rewatching the BBC documentary – No More Boys and Girls – Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a two part documentary from 2017  which sees Dr Javid Abdelmoneim work with a teacher (Graham Andre) and … Read more

Desperately seeking…a new name.

Hey folks, We wanted to give a wee update on where things are with Gender Friendly Scotland, and also to clear up any confusion about the relationship between our work and that of the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde owned Gender Friendly Nursery initiative.  We created Gender Friendly Scotland as a way to share what … Read more

Working With Boys

Following on from my previous blog about how gender stereotypes in the early years may be feeding the issues we see around male violence against women, I thought it might be useful to share a few suggested ways that we may be able to work with young children, and boys specifically, in ways which might … Read more

Stereotypes in Childhood & Gender Based Violence

We were invited recently to contribute to an online event exploring how we can better help boys to be allies in the fight against male violence against women and girls. Here is a summary of some of the first part of what Susie presented on, in what was a really interesting event with a rich … Read more

Goddess of the kitchen? I’ll settle for equal mortal of the world.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. A friend recently sent a quote attributed to William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, round our What’s App group, which certainly challenged me. It goes like this: “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. They are far superior … Read more

How Can A Children’s Rights Approach Move Us Forward Together?

I’ve just finished reading chapter 4 of the “Play is the Way” book (anyone else spend their Saturday mornings in this way?). It’s by Cathy McCulloch of the Children’s Parliament and looks at how the movement to introduce a kindergarten stage into the Scottish education system (lead by the very brilliant Upstart) fits within a … Read more