Action Step #3 — Global Gender Education (Gender Despair)

Galicia Gordon
Social Responsibility 12
Step Three Action Post
March 2nd, 2021


Step Three Action Post:

  • Where are you with your action? (e.g. what involvement have you had so far? Describe with examples)
    So far with my action, I have been able to fully develop my branding for Gender Despair, attend a program for social change for young girls in education, and post informative content for my viewers to get engaged and involved in what Gender Despair stands for. For five full weeks, I have attended each class within the Foundations of Social Change program by a local Vancouver grass-roots charity named Create Change (https://www.createchangenow.ca/). Who is Create Change? They are a registered Canadian charity who offers support to girls and young women across Canada in regards to their leadership, while also building educational opportunities to girls in Ghana. According to Create Change, their mission is to focus on impact rather than speaking about how we should do certain things or how we might be able to support young girls in addressing the problem. “At Create Change, we judge our work by the impact that our work has, not by the actions that we take.  If we hand out school supplies but we don’t see an increase in literacy rates, then we haven’t achieved our goal.”

 

  • What are some successes that you have had? Provide specific examples.
    Thus far, I have been able to hone in on three specific steps within my Action. First, I honed in on my leadership skills through Create Change’s Social Change program, and took several pages of notes on such topics through the program: mindset for leaders, introduction to fundraising, team building, visualizing your impact, among many others. Secondly, I was able to develop a meaningful connection with my audience on social media. Gender Despair’s social media page is supportive to all visitors because if you’d like to pick up a few facts, you can through our social feed, but if  you’d like to take direct action against gender discrepancies, the link in our bio links visitors to useful resources to be a direct assistant to discrepancies in education, for completely free. And lastly, I would say I personally was surprised by the feedback I received. From the branding to what I offer for my visitors, I was encouraged to continue what I was doing – from students and adults as well!
  • What are some challenges that you have faced? Have you been able to overcome them? If so, how? Provide specific examples. If not, can you problem-solve some ideas that might work for next time or if a similar situation arises? Again, provide specific examples.
    I think one challenge I came up with was initially gathering these resources for my visitors. Itt is quite challenging when you can’t simply search for resources on my topic online, but rather need to verify the credibility of each resource you are thinking about including on your mass hub of links. The verification of credible resources was made easier by using the credible resources guide Mrs. Martin had provided at the start of the year and I referred to my Biology 11 course where we had also done extensive research and needed to verify the validity of our sources.
  • What are you doing next and why?
    Next up, I will be completely focusing on expansion of Gender Despair. I think that now I have the strong skills to build a foundational platform, it would be great and very supportive if I could aim to reach as many people as I possibly can through the platform Gender Despair has. My large goal is to reach 500 people, most notably students, because it would be great to know I had reached above the number of students in my graduating class. And looking at the school murals, it is really cool to see how many people there are! I am super excited for the future of Gender Despair after high school as I am inching onto post-secondary as well. One big subject I took many notes on through the February Winter Cohort for Create Change is the importance of a growth mindset. In my notes, I gathered this: “Growth mindset – you believe you can still build on your abilities and skills. You enjoy taking on new challenges. You’re willing to put in the work to gain new abilities or increase your intelligence.” This is something I am hoping for in myself with Gender Despair and also my student audience through our social media platform.

 

Thank you for reading, and let me know of any input you may have!

 

Here is a recap of what Gender Despair is and what we stand for:
I created an initiative that is supported by a social media page named Gender Despair. I named it as so because I thought it was a good depiction of what I stand for within the initiative. It combines the word ‘gender’ with the word ‘disparities’ disguised as despair, to accentuate the challenges found between gender barriers.  Here is my mission statement: Gender Despair is a student-led initiative with the goal of increasing awareness within the education sector. Gender Despair’s mission is to expand global gender education for improved economic outcomes for all, ensuring that conditions are ripe for innovation and freedom. 

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About Galicia Gordon

Galicia Gordon - Vancouver, Canada

One Reply to “Action Step #3 — Global Gender Education (Gender Despair)”

  1. Hey Galicia! I really enjoyed reading your post and I must say, the name you chose for your initiative is phenomenal. I feel like it truly grips the reader with the feelings that the word “despair” brings to mind, and really outlines the whole idea of the difficulties that are caused by gender disparities. I was also really interested in what you experienced and how you advanced yourself throughout your action path, about how you honed in on your leadership skills, develop a meaningful connection with your audience on social media, and receive quality feedback. What you are doing is utterly fantastic and I wish you all the luck in the world so you may reach as many people as possible! I did also have one question before I wrap up this comment: do you plan on continuing to work with Create Change and possibly integrating Gender Despair into that organization, or do you want to continue on your own? Great work so far!

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