Gender Education

Gender education in schools to address attitudes and behaviours before they are fully formed.

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We are born equal

We are born equal

In India, boys and girls should learn expected and accepted behaviours so that attitudes can be shaped from an early age. The public education system is uniquely placed to influence and shape children’s understanding of gender stereotypes and roles. It has a responsibility to ensure that children have access to a rights-based, quality education, which is rooted in gender equality. Where women and men live in relationships built on cooperation and mutual respect, and no one is valued more or less just because they are a girl or boy.​​

How the programme evolved

How GEMS works

GEMS is a programme designed to challenge gender-related attitudes of school-children between the ages of 12-15​. Developed since 2000, it is used to train and equip teachers and enhance students' understanding of gender through class, school and community activities.​

Teachers have a unique role in the lives of their students. Teachers can serve as role models and guide students to reach their hopes and dreams. They can play a key role in imparting gender education and ensuring that schools adhere to the programme.​

Children partake in activities such as role plays, games, debates and discussions to engage in meaningful and relevant interaction and reflection about key issues of gender and violence.​

Why boys don't do housework

A snapshot of our GEMS program run in collaboration with CORO, ICRW, TISS, Mumbai’s Municipal Corporation, at Brihanmumbai Shahajinagar Municipal School

Meena Raju Manch Impact

The GEMS programme has been scaled and implemented for 24,000 schools in Maharashtra through the state government programme ‘Meena Raju Manch’, in collaboration with UNICEF​.​​

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Teachers trained indirectly


Teachers trained directly


Students reached

GEMS Impact

The GEMS programme has been implemented in 73 schools in Maharashtra, reaching 12,000 students.​​

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Number of schools


Students reached directly


Students reached indirectly