“International Women’s Day would not exist if we had won the same rights and opportunities that are currently reserved for men. This is why it is important to remember and explain reality to our children, so that they can subvert it and fight it, giving life to a better future “says Jaia Pasquini, psychologist and co-author of the book” L’8 tutti i giorni ”
L’8th of March and the women’s Day. A day of remembrance, but also of reflection and planning.
“An important moment, which allows us to stop and take stock of women’s achievements and all that they have yet to achieve in order to obtain equal rights and opportunities with respect to men»Declares Jaia Pasquini, psychologist and co-author of the book The 8 every day, who tries to explain the meaning of this day to the little ones.
An important occasion to clarify to our children what this day means and why it is still important that it exists: “It serves to remind us that it is not true that everything is fine and that women still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality“.
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Why it is important to talk to children about the inequality between men and women
Talking to the little ones about these issues is very important, «Compared to the past, today children reach high school without having the perception of inequalities, especially girls. In high school, usually, the cold shower arrives. From then on, the diversity between the possibilities reserved for a man and a woman exponentially expands: even if they manage to obtain a prestigious and rewarding profession, they will still be paid less than their male colleagues “.
It is therefore important prepare the men and women of tomorrow for this reality, «So that they can confront and measure themselves against it, preparing to fight it and subvert it. Knowledge is a resource for changing the state of things“.
How to explain Women’s Day to children
But how can you best communicate these concepts to your children? Here is a series of tips drawn up by the psychologist.
1. Don’t trivialize
“Need create a dialogue, using age-appropriate words and images, but without underestimating children’s understanding and without hiding uncomfortable truths from them. We often think that they are less prepared than they are: already at 5-6 years of age they are perfectly capable of understanding even complex concepts ».
2. Recover the memory
«Start from the past and explain that a lot has been done by our grandmothers and mothers to get to the current situation: once upon a time women could not wear trousers; they could not learn to read and write; they could not vote. Today all this is possible, even if there is still a lot to do ».
3. Explain the value of the symbols
A day born almost by chance, which has – in Italy – a floral symbol. To better understand International Women’s Day it is important to explain its symbols to the little ones.
Why are mimosas given away?
«Actually, mimosas are given only in Italy. In China, for example, huge cans of seed oil are given away on 8 March.
The idea of mimosas here was proposed by three women of the UDI (Unione Donne Italiane) in 1946, after the end of the war, because it was one of the few flowers that bloomed in that period and because it was cheap.
In reality, however, already during Fascism, therefore after the First World War, in the workplace, especially in factories, women had begun to give each other a sprig of mimosa. A large branch was brought and whoever wanted took a piece and gave it to a colleague, a friend: it was a sign of sisterhood, of closeness, of recognition, of fighting together for women’s rights. Together: in fact, a sprig of mimosa is made up of many dots, it is never alone. It is a collective flower, that is, made up of many individualities, many single pieces that, together, make up the flower “we read in the book” L’8 tutti i giorni ”
Why was March 8 chosen?
March 8 is a date that was chosen a little by chance: “or, better, it is the result of a series of events that have taken place.
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