Gender Equality: Changing Perspectives

Middle Years 2016/2017 School Year

What is gender equality and why does it matter? What are the effects of inequality around the world? What’s the difference between equality and equity? How do our actions make a difference? The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is proud to host Generating Momentum for Our World conferences throughout Manitoba in 2016 and 2017, focused on the theme “Gender Equality: Changing Perspectives.” To register, please email

Conference Dates

  • Portage La Prairie
    Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2017
  • Beausejour
    Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 2017

What You Need to Know

  • Students will become familiar with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on Goal 5: Gender Equality, learning what gender equality is and why it matters around the world

  • School divisions are invited to send students and teachers to participate in the conference in their division – lunch and snacks are included.

  • The conference consists of an opening plenary, followed by circuit sessions, creative workshops and a closing plenary.

  • The conference begins at 9:00a.m. and ends at 3:00p.m.

Circuit Sessions

Sessions are 40 minutes long. Students attend with their teachers.

Planning and Promoting

This circuit helps students transform ideas into action! Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an activity or event, and raising awareness.

Public Speaking

Students are given the tools to be confident, relaxed and engaging public speakers. This circuit will teach them to get their messages across effectively so they can spread the word about important global issues.


Leadership skills are essential for students who want to work to change their world! Students will participate in hands-on activities, exploring leadership themes and activities.

Creative Workshop Choices

Workshops are an opportunity for students to work outside of their school groups and explore a creative medium of their choice. They will rank their choice of workshop in order of preference on their registration form. A teacher’s workshop is held concurrent to these workshops.


Making a short video is a great way to get your message out to the public. As part of this workshop, students learn the basics of camera operation, storyboarding and how to set up a shot.

Silk Screening

For those who like to make a fashion statement, this workshop goes through the basics of how to create an original T-shirt design. Students learn about the silk screening process and how to design images with a message.


This workshop explores theatre techniques as a way of getting the message out. Students will play theatrical games and learn how to build scenes through improvisation.

Digital Photography

Students learn to take documentary-style photographs as part of this workshop. Composition is explained as the students play with light, movement and content.

MCIC Fair Trade Manitoba Government of Manitoba Global Affairs Canada

This program was made possible with financial support of the Government of Manitoba,
and was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)