Promoting egalitarian relationships helps children build healthy and respectful relationships and develop their full potential. In the long term, it protects children against sexual violence. Your everyday life is already full of small acts that can help prevent the transmission of gender stereotypes. Learn about them in this section.
Girls and boys
In your conversations with your child, you can help them understand that girls and boys can like the same colours and activities, feel the same emotions, and so on. Here are a few topics to reflect on and talk about .
Ask your child
Did you know that the only difference between a little girl and a little boy is their private parts?
Girl or boy?
There are no girl colours or boy colours. Boys can like purple and pink, and girls can like blue, red and green.
Girls and boys are all strong, they run fast and can all want to be heroes and heroines.
Boys are allowed to play at cooking and with dolls as much as girls are.
Girls are allowed to play with tiny cars and trucks as much as boys are.
There are no girl feelings and boy feelings. Girls are allowed to be angry and boys are allowed to cry.
There are no girl jobs or boy jobs. Girls and boys can be what they want when they grow up: teachers, police officers, cooks, scientists, dinosaur researchers, ballet dancers….
Books to help you talk about egalitarian relationships
You As Me is a picture book aimed at young children aged from birth to 2. It shows that babies are all similar regardless of their sex. Marvin Disappeared is a book to help kids think about egalitarian relationships between the sexes through Justine’s story.
You as me
You as me is intended for children aged from birth to 2 years. This picture book shows that babies are all alike, regardless of gender. They have similar needs and can share the same emotions and interests.
Marvin Disappeared is a book that makes us reflect on gender equality relations through the story of Justine, who is looking for her lost bear, Marvin.