Women's Empowerment

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This collection includes activities and supporting video modules that encourage students to examine key social and political issues impacting women. Students will explore topics such as social change and social justice, equal rights, and civic engagement; they will learn about international struggles and how to take an active role in issues affecting their own communities.

The contents in this project may also be used to support viewing of Taking RootWaiting for the RevolutionShayfeen.com, and Shadya - four acclaimed documentaries that explore stories of women's empowerment and leadership around the world.

  • Women's Empowerment | Educator Guide

    This educator guide includes activities and supporting video modules that encourage students to examine key social and political issues impacting women. Students will explore topics such as social change and social justice, equal rights, and civic engagement; they will learn about international struggles and how to take an active role in issues affecting their own communities.

    This guide may also be used to support viewing of Taking Root, Waiting for the Revolution, Shayfeen.com, and Shadya – four acclaimed documentaries that explore stories of women’s empowerment and leadership around the world.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Shadya | Film Discussion Guide

    Shadya Zoabi is a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, who strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Shadya and Morad | Shadya Film Module

    In this module, students meet Shadya’s fiancé, Morad. Shadya's own opinions about her independent spirit and continued participation in karate are shown in contrast with the opinions of her family members and fiance. Her coach, Danny, attends her wedding and visits the newlyweds in their new home.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • An Israeli Arab’s Experience | Shadya Film Module

    In this module, students meet 17-year-old Shadya Zoabi, an Israeli Arab karate champion who is fiercely independent despite growing up in a male-dominated, Muslim culture. At the same time, Shadya grapples with the challenges that Muslims face as citizens of Israel. Her internal conflicts intensify when she meets the Palestinian team at a karate competition.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Shayfeen.com | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You, a film that follows three women activists in their quest to expose the truth about Egypt's new democracy. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Digital Activism | Shayfeen.com Film Module

    This module examines the use of digital technology to further civic engagement in the face of repression. Shayfeen.com activists support the brave judges who step forward and ask for an investigation of election abuses. The women of Shayfeen.com develop media projects and specific online messaging to amass public support.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Egypt’s 2005 Election | Shayfeen.com Film Module

    In this module, students meet three Egyptian women who form a watchdog organization to monitor the 2005 multi-party elections; the first such elections allowed by President Mubarak in 25 years. They witness and report electoral fraud and voter intimidation, particularly in communities where there is support for opposition parties.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Taking Root | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Taking Root, a film that follows the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global movement. The guide provides important context and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Greenbelt Movement | Taking Root Film Module

    This module shows how Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement mobilized citizens to stand up to their government and demand social and environmental justice. Short clips depict the strategies and tactics that rural women, Maathai and other activists used to protect critical public lands, fight for human rights and protest political corruption.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Kenya and Wangari Maathai | Taking Root Film Module

    This module portrays the story of Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Short clips examine her personal philosophy, her leadership of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, and her ability to empower and mobilize rural women around Kenya’s issues of dwindling natural resources, widespread poverty and oppressive government practices.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Planting Ideas | Taking Root Action Guide

    This step-by-step Planting Ideas Action Guide was inspired by the documentary, Taking Root, and Wangari Maathai - her love for Kenya, her stewardship of the environment, and her holistic approach to change. It is meant to honor you and what you know about your neighborhood, and includes a variety of activities, tips, and resources both serious and fun, ideal for everyone. Use what interests you most and brings you joy.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Waiting for the Revolution | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Waiting for the Revolution, a film that follows two newly elected indigenous leaders from the campaign trail to their first year in office, journeying into the heart of the democratic revolution in Bolivia. The guide provides important context and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • PLANE’s Fight for Workers’ Rights | Waiting for the Revolution Film Module

    In this module, Representative Navia and President Morales struggle to implement legislation that provides greater equality for indigenous peoples, the nationalization of resources, agrarian reform, and support for worker programs like PLANE. Violence intensifies around the country as wealthy landowners stymie legislation in the Parliament and workers in PLANE are not paid for months. PLANE leader, Esther Encinas accuses Navia of betraying the women who elected her.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Bolivia’s Indigenous Workers | Waiting for the Revolution Film Module

    This module provides background on Bolivia, teaching students about the lives and economic plight of its indigenous people. Various footage captures the rise of coca growing, failed U.S. attempts at eradication and the assent of a poor coca grower, Evo Morales, to the Bolivian presidency in 2005. Students will also follow the campaign of Jiovana Navia, who becomes one of only a few women serving in the Bolivian Parliament. She is elected with the help of a labor organization called PLANE.

    Grades: 9-13+

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