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24 September 2018

Parents can promote gender equality and help prevent violence against women. Here’s how

This paper discusses the important role that parents play in the gender socialisation of their children and how they can teach children about gender equality. Families are the primary place of gender socialisation where children begin to understand and act out gender roles and internalise stereotyped attitudes and behaviours. Research shows that people who support rigid gender roles are more likely to endorse attitudes that justify, excuse, minimise or trivialise violence against women, or blame or hold women at least partially responsible for the violence against them. Parents may inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes through messages about gender appropriate emotions, behaviours and activities. The article also provides a list of resources for promoting gender equality with their children.