Reflections: Young Global Citizens and 50/50 through The Imaginarium

Each Tuesday afternoon, a small group of Year 6 gifted girls participate in the Global Problem Solvers course through the Imaginarium programme. We explore global issues and consider our responsibility as a young global citizen in creating solutions or advocating for change.

Emily reflects on her experiences so far: “In Global Problem Solvers you learn how to find different ins and outs of a problem. You learn how to identify problems that may not be noticeable to you. Global Problem Solvers has taught me to look deeper into a problem and consider other people’s perspectives.”

Today’s session started with the group viewing the 20-minute film 50/50 by Tiffany Shlain (2016) with a 10,000-year history of women and power. The film explores the narrative of women in power from scarcity, moving into abundance . Women are referred to as unicorns; “not mythical or unreal but who stood out, unique in their day.” The film looks at the role of women and their contributions to society beyond the political leaders, to the abundance of women who build our narrative as artists, philosophers, storytellers, mothers and leaders. With a world population of 50 per cent women and a world that gives us a wealth of opportunities to learn from each other and accelerate the pace of change through our interconnectivity, what can we do as young global citizens?

Rich discussions followed the viewing with definitions of equality and equity and how these apply to terms beyond gender. Each participant reflected on their own life and that of their mother and grandmother, and how it might affect them now and in the future if change does not occur. We explored the interrelationships of gender equality between generations and what we dare to dream about for the future.

A news item from this week came up and so we discussed the 82 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago and returned just two days ago. We talked about the inequality of gender in countries around the world and the differences between countries and continents. We discussed the MTV Movie and TV Awards making history by combining their traditional ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ award for a more inclusive, genderless award which was won by Emma Watson, a feminist advocating for change.

We will continue to explore our role as young global citizens in this area, as well as others, as the course diversifies over the year, the conversations rich and considered, with perspective and empathy key.

Wednesday 10 May is 50/50 Day, when global conversation surrounds what it will take to become a more gender-balanced world.


The film 50/50 can be viewed at