About the #SHETalks

#SHETalks are ‘TED styled’ events designed to create platforms for both young men and women to engage in conversation; learn together and challenge negative social norms and attitudes; share ideas on issues affecting them; and be able to make informed decisions about their health, careers, and lives. The events also create a space for the youth especially young women to engage with role models and decision makers in ways that will contribute to informed gender transformative programming in the different sectors.

The #SHETalks are coordinated by Every Girl in School Alliance (EGISA). EGISA is a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to create a more gender-equal and inclusive society with equal access to education, empowerment and health for both genders through the elimination of, existing barriers; harmful practices; negative mindsets and stereotypes. The #SHETalks events are supported by Plan International and other stakeholders who, support specific events such as Oxfam and MHub, and provide thought leadership on girls’ rights and gender transformative programming.

Objectives

  • To champion gender equality through sparking conversation and challenging
  • To create safe spaces for conversations that matter to young women and men
  • To become a school of thought leadership on equality – a platform where great ideas are shared and innovative solutions to fighting inequality in its various forms are proffered
  • To strengthen girls and young women’s agency by building their confidence and knowledge for them to actively participate in discussions on gender equality
  • To engage men and boys as allies in the fight for equality by create room for them to participate both as attendees and speakers.

Event Types

We have 3 types of SHE Talks:

Standard Event

A standard event type applies to most #SHETalks that are organized. These are organized by themes and participants range from youths, both male and female, to adult women and men who are working in different sectors and focusing on gender equality as well as girls and women’s rights. Themes covered are broad but they are divided in specific sub themes which are shared among speakers. Standard #SHETalks are named according to the broad theme e.g. #SHETalks Feminism.

College/School Event College

#SHETalks College/School events are hosted at a college or Secondary School, and organized in conjunction with the collages/schools (staff from different faculties, as well as female and male students). It gives institutions the opportunity to engage in conversation on issues relevant to their campus and share the unique innovation and ideas to create a supportive and gender responsive learning environment. College #SHETalks are named according to theme and location e.g. #SHETalksFeminism @CHANCO.

Community Event

#SHETalks Community Events are organized in the communities. These events are designed to ‘take the conversations to the people’, where they are. They focus on spreading important ideas around equality in a contextually relevant way. Community #SHETalks are named according to their location and theme

e.g. #SHETalksFeminism_Lilongwe. The community events also take a different approach to the standard event.The community events will seek to create platform for communities to discuss local issues and experts to come in, not only as speakers, but as partners who help in the development of solutions and shaping of narratives

SPEAKERS

The #SHETalks are designed to give platform to emerging and seasoned voices to share ideas worth spreading. We are building this to be a platform for thought leadership, utilizing the skills and expertise of homegrown talent. Our speakers include young women role models, male champions for gender equality, male and female experts in the selected sectors. The Young female role models and male champions for Plan International Malawi will also be included as speakers

COVERAGE

In order to build a body of knowledge and curate content, the #SHETalks are filmed live and shared on a dedicated YouTube Channel. We have also started recording live Facebook videos on the EGISA Facebook page, giving online audience an opportunity to tune in live and participate in the conversation by asking questions and posting comments. We are also exploring the possibilities of partnership with Timveni TV and Radio for live coverage of the events and broadcasting on the station.

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