Language and images matter

He can she can is a 62-page children's book with a positive powerful message: it is never too early to discuss gender equality and inclusion with children.

Let's tell children "they can" do what they love to do, without stereotypes and social expectations based on their gender or skin colour. 



A visual open letter about women’s empowerment and self-worth, addressed to girls and young women all over the world.

The main focus of this chapter is to facilitate conversations with children around gender-based biases and stereotyping, by using images that portray inclusive and powerful ways of being a girl/woman.

Have a look and see if you can spot some of the historical references to strong female figures (from Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space).



A visual open letter about men’s self-worth and emotional health addressed to boys and young men all over the world.

The main focus of this chapter is to facilitate conversations with children around gender-based biases and stereotyping, by using images that portray inclusive and positive ways of being a man/boy.

Have a look and see if you can spot some of the strong references to contemporary social movements and music history (from Kurt Cobain to Jimy Hendrix)


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