Free to Be Me
A program that aims to create an environment where children can be free to be whoever they are, without the restriction of gender stereotypes.
From a very young age, children begin to form ideas about what it means to be a boy or a girl. For example, a statement like ‘boys don’t cry’ sends a message that boys shouldn’t express their feelings. These gender stereotypes can be harmful because they make children feel that they must look, feel, or act a certain way.
Challenging gender stereotypes has many benefits. It can help children to have respectful and equal relationships, express emotions in a healthy way, and promotes gender equity. Research tells us that set gender roles can lead to gender inequality – one of the key factors leading to violence against women.
We provide centres with:
- A dedicated Health Promotion Practitioner to offer support and guidance.
- An easy-to-use resource kit to guide educators.
- Professional development training and support to promote respectful relationships and gender equity.
- Practical strategies to use in centres.
Where can I get more information?
Download our Information Sheet, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (03) 9810 3000.
- Book Review Tool
- Free to Be Me Information Sheet
- Free to Be Me Booklist
- Free to Be Me Booklet
- Self-Reflection Tool
- Gender Equity Assessment Tool
- Spaces and Play Assessment Tool
- Book Review Tool (pdf)
- Gender Equity Policy Template