Walk in Her Shoes

This activity mirrors the 'man box'. It explores the way society puts woman in a box and looks at how they can get out of it, focusing on internalised misogyny and its influence on violence between girls. 

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 1 hour

  • Shoe boxes (one per group) 
  • Pens/pencils 
  • Small pieces of card/paper
  • Handout (for peer educator) - Guided Questions
  • Labels (or post-it notes)
  • Flip chart or whiteboard with pens 


Start by...

Introducing the topic of exploring stereotypes and internalised misogyny faced by girls and women.

  • Explain the purpose of the activity: to encourage empathy and understanding by stepping into the experiences of others.
  • Display the words stereotypes and internalised misogyny. Ask learners to come up with a meaning for both. Share their definition and discuss some examples.
Shoe Box Labeling
  • Split the learners into small groups and give them each a shoe box/box and labels. Ask them to cover the boxes in labels with words or phrases that they feel represent societal expectations or stereotypes related to girls and women. 
  • Encourage leaners to reflect on common stereotypes they've encountered or internalised, such as "weak," "emotional," "submissive" or "domestic."

Middle bit...

Stepping Outside the Box
  • Encourage participants to share their shoe boxes along with their thoughts and experiences related to stereotypes and internalised misogyny.
  • Facilitate a guided discussion using the handout with discussion prompts. (Pick and choose a couple to ask). 
  • Ask questions such as:
    • How do stereotypes about girls and women impact our perceptions of ourselves and others?
    • What are some examples of how stereotypes manifest in everyday life (e.g. media representation, school dynamics, relationships with others)?
    • How can we challenge stereotypes and empower ourselves and others to break free from limiting expectations?
    • What strategies can we use to promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity in our communities?

End by...

Providing a small piece of card/paper to leaners and asking them to write down one action they will take to challenge stereotypes and misogyny inclusivity in their own lives. Encourage them to share their plans with the group, if they feel comfortable.

Facilitate a brief discussion on the importance of taking small steps towards creating positive change.

Emphasise the importance of ongoing dialogue and action in challenging stereotypes and fostering a culture of inclusivity and empowerment.

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