On the Move for Gender Equity
Educators face down problems every day that illustrate the larger inequities that still exist – poverty, child labor, health crises, government sanctions, gender inequality. To publicize the critical work these teachers and their unions do to meet these challenges, EI’s Communication Network (ComNet) has created a series of video and media packages that are easily accessible to member unions, reporters, and educators themselves.
The most recent, titled “On the Move for Gender Equality,” reports on Maria Teresa Cabrera, who won the presidency of the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP) despite a traditional lack of female representation in union leadership.
The National Education Association, produced the English and Spanish versions of the video. For three days, an NEA video crew followed Cabrera to schools, to the union hall, to media interviews and in the community.
The video, which was shot on location in the Dominican Republic, includes not only Cabrera’s perspective, but that of other education leaders, both male and female, who have developed a whole training program around this issue. It also features the voices of elementary school children who are becoming the next generation of leaders, already fully aware of the issues they face in an unequal society.
Previous EI ComNet videos have helped raise awareness of many critical global education issues. In 2008, EI highlighted an exciting anti-dropout program in Fez, Morroco that is keeping children in school and out of child labor.
In Burkina Faso, the struggle teacher face to teach their students – among the poorest in the world – the importance of the environment was highlighted in a video earlier this year.
In 2009, a EI video told the story how teacher unions come together to rebuild 35 schools torn apart by the 2004 tsunami that struck Aceh.
By calling attention to these critical issues, these products are helping generate an international dialogue on education reform. Through compelling narratives and images, video can create awareness and promote advocacy across geographic and cultural boundaries.