Facilitating challenging conversations and action to raise awareness and create change on global inequality issues.
The Inequality Question is a unique project to debate global inequality issues. On the last Thursday of each month – #ThoughtfulThursday – children formerly or currently living on the streets of Uganda choose one inequality question to discuss and lead a live conversation online, with participants worldwide. These conversations give participants and facilitators the opportunity to discuss their thoughts, experiences and aspirations on how to make the world a more equal place.
The ideas behind the Inequality Question Project were developed when Jillian Kowalchuk, alumna of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and members of the S.A.L.V.E. International team met in Uganda, while Jillian was completing a research internship. Jillian went on to assist the team in growing the project.
Individuals, classes, groups and organisations are joining into the conversation, not only to have direct discussions with children experiencing many inequalities, but also to spark ideas that lead them to undertake an “Inequality Challenge”, so that they can become a catalyst for change.
Samuel Woria undertook one of the Inequality Challenges that focused on gender. For one week, six women dictated all of Samuel’s decisions. Samuel chose to take part in this challenge because he believes that men in Uganda do not treat women fairly and equally. His experiment not only facilitated challenging conversations, but also made an impact in his community. Many men have contacted Samuel to say they are trying to alter their behaviour towards women, and women have expressed their happiness to be shown such public support in their struggle for equality. Read more about his challenge on The Guardian or listen to the BBC World- Focus on Africa feature entitled “Why did this Ugandan man live as a woman for a week?”.
To learn more about the Inequality Question Project and how you can participate, visit http://inequalityquestion.com. You can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook or contact the Project Leaders here. They are keen to connect with people and groups who would like to partner with them and help take the project to the next level.
Images provided by the Inequality Question Project