Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than it was back before slavery was “abolished?”
Did you know that slaves are much cheaper today than ever before?
Did you know that people are born into slavery, live their whole lives in slavery, without ever knowing that they are slaves?
Poverty, hunger, desperation are all things some people know to take advantage of. Every day, they manage to lure men, women and children into slavery. Slavery exists everywhere, even though it is forbidden everywhere.
We will look closer at modern slavery since it can be closely linked to poverty, and we will use photographer Lisa Kristine’s TED talk as an introduction.
- What is poverty?
- Try to make up your own definition of this term
- Who are the poor?
- Why does poverty exist?
- Will we ever be able to eradicate poverty?
Take 15 minutes to write down your thoughts on these questions, and then discuss with a classmate.
We are going to read to hand-out texts today, and work with them (one factual and one fictional.) The short story “A Real Lady” is written by an Indian freelance journalist and blogger, Nita J. Kulkarni. If you want to check out her blog, you can find it here. Kulkarni writes about life, politics, different issues, movies, literature etc, with a main focus on India, but not just that. Her blog is definitely worth the visit.
In 2014, actress Emma Watson was made a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Through this appointment, Watson will help put focus on topics such as gender equality and inequality, and the campaign HeforShe.
Watch the speech Watson held launching this campaign here – and discuss and analyze this speech:
- what kind of rhetorical devices does Watson use to persuade you?
- what kind of topics is she focusing on?
- Is this a good speech? Why/why not?
- Do you sympathize with this cause? Why/why not?
“One girl with courage is a revolution”
Girl Rising is a film about the benefits of educating girls. It introduces nine girls from around the world in their struggle to get an education and achieve their dreams.
The film was released in 2013 and is part of the Girl Rising campaign.
As we watch the film, take notes, as you are to write a review afterwards. This will be graded.
Reflect on and include your own thoughts on the following questions in your review:
- Which girls’ stories made the greatest impression on you? Why?
- “One girl with courage is a revolution”. After watching the film, what does that phrase imply – do you agree or can you think of a better catchphrase?
- Girl Rising is neither pure journalism, nor fiction. The filmmakers have tried to go beyond the facts into the human experience. Did you find yourself getting lost in the stories in a way that was interesting or effective? Why or why not?
- The girls of Girl Rising live in very difficult circumstances. Yet they do not consider themselves as victims. Are you able, through the storytelling, to relate to their lives in a way that lets you empathize rather than sympathize? Why or why not?
- What are the messages from the film that you think will resonate most strongly with people who are not already familiar with this issue?
If you need advice on how to write a review, you can read it here. Remember to include sources you have used.