Her/history

Goals of the exercise: to get to know each other, which is also well suited for groups who already know each other and want to continue working together/ self-reflection to know each other, self-reflection on migration and (own) origin
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 4-30
Duration of the exercise: 40-60 minutes
Materials: pens, paper (if possible DIN A3), questionnaire (s.u.)

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Like in real life

Goals of the exercise: To learn how racism and discrimination take away the opportunity to develop and to experience things; to learn about the unequal distribution of rights and opportunities (by gender, origin, skin color, appearance, age, health, education level…) and its impact on our life and career; to  learn empathy towards the role of the weak and strong in the society, discuss competition
Age of the participants: 13+ / very good practice for facilitators
Number of participants: 6-20
Duration of the exercise: 60 Minutes
Materials: space – all participants must be put side by side and they should have enough space to walk forward; all participants need one prepared role card

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Power flower

Goals of the exercise: Reflection of one’s own social position, confrontation with one’s own (lack of) power and privilege, thematizing societal power and socially constructed difference lines, developing a responsible and constructive approach to your own power and your own privileges
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 12-20
Duration of the exercise: 60 Minutes
Materials: one copy of the worksheet “Power-Flower” per person, colored pencils, flip-chart

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Alternatives to bullying

Goals of the exercise: to facilitate the understanding of the causes and the consequences of bullying; to explore ways to facilitate the control of the phenomenon.
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 10 to 25
Duration of the exercise: 90 minutes
Materials: bullying theater scenes printed, one on each sheet of paper

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Whatsapp

Goals of the exercise: to raise awareness of gender inequality and its impact on people’s lives.
Age of the participants: from 10 years
Number of participants: 10 to 30 participants
Duration of the exercise: 60 minutes
Materials: a cardboard phone in giant size, A4 sheet with phrases (see below), sticky notes with the symbol: v (right) and sticky notes with the symbol: x (wrong).

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The best and the worst

Goals of the exercise: to discuss gender stereotypes and how they affect the lives of boys and girls
Age of the participants: from 10 years old
Number of participants: 12 to 30
Duration of the exercise: 60 to 90 minutes
Materials: markers, several A4 paper sheets cut into 4 pieces, each with one of the following phrases to complete:

The worst thing about being a girl is …
The worst thing about being a boy is …
The best thing about being a girl is …
The best thing about being a boy is …

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Irreversible

Goals of the exercise: reflection on the participants regarding the bio-psychological impact of domestic violence on the victims.
Age of the participants: 13 to 17
Number of participants: 15 to 25
Duration of the exercise: 20 minutes (may vary depending on the debate produced)
Materials: Letter of Rights, adapted from “Violência Doméstica: Intervenção em grupo com mulheres vítimas – Manual para Profissionais” (Matos & Machado, 2011)

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Game of squares

Goals of the exercise: To be aware that there are different perceptions for the same reality and that we must present our ideas and listen to others’ ideas in an assertive and open-minded manner.
Age of the participants: 10+
Number of participants: 6 to 30
Duration of the exercise: 15 minutes
Materials: one sheet of paper with drawing of squares for each participant

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Who laughs in the end laughs the best

Goals of the exercise: To deconstruct the idea that gaining and feeling accomplishment means to defeat other people and/or accumulate goods; To show the participants that defeating other people and/or accumulating goods won’t give you the feeling of accomplishment.
Age of the participants: 10 to 18 years
Number of participants: 10 to 30 (preferably even number)
Duration of the exercise: 15 minutes
Materials: pebbles or marbles in number greater than the participants.

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