Question what’s normal to build gender equality

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EMPOWERING OTHERS: Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) health promotion officer Caitlyn Hoggan, pictured with WHGNE board chair Sarah Noble and guest speaker Celia Piesse, said businesses who are keen to get involved with promoting gender equity should contact the organisation. PHOTO: Leah Anderson-Byrne

CHALLENGING gender stereotypes is central to encouraging gender equality.

Traditional gender roles and the way they affect people from birth to adulthood was a key theme for guest speakers at Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) International Women’s Day breakfast at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre (WPAC) yesterday.

Claire Kileen, mother of three boys, spoke about how damaging it was for people to be dismissive of boys’ reckless behaviours and the conditioning that begins at birth with what colours and toys are acceptable for boys and girls.

She said allowing children to play with toys they’re interested in rather than ones they are expected to enjoy would open up more conversations about future careers for boys and girls.

Myrrhee Primary School teacher Ash Graham discussed the school’s respectful relationships program and how that promoted gender equality among students and staff.

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