Fellow Since 2000
ORGENS – Observatoire des Relations de Genre dans l’Education Nationale Sénégalaise
This profile was prepared when Awa Fall-Diop was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Awa is undoing negative images of women in public school textbooks, with the broader objective of producing more gender-neutral images and behavior in children's education. Currently, gender discrimination is implicit in all of its teaching materials and techniques, its pedagogical tools and media, and the persons employed to teach.Believing that textbooks that portray men and women in a more egalitarian way will have a domino effect on gender relationships within the school system and in society, Awa has created a new curriculum, intended for children from an early age through secondary education, that creates positive female role models who exemplify women's potential. In addition to lobbying government to institute this curriculum, she is teaching students gender-sensitivity and training teachers in gender-neutral education.