By Yea-Ree Chang, TEFL volunteer
Ouidah English Day is an English-immersion event primarily for English teachers of the South of Benin. This year, the participants learned about the difference between gender and sex, and had a frank discussion about gender-based violence and the educator’s role in confronting it in a school environment. To do so, they analyzed different scenarios and shared their own experiences as witnesses, victims, and perpetrators. In Benin, gender-related injustices ranging from petty discrimination practices to sexual harassment in an educational context are painfully common and having this discussion helped instill awareness and empathy in those who have a huge impact on the future generation of Benin.