Denmark Zonta clubs honor centennial by educating high school students about gender equality

Teachers at six high schools and one international school in Aarhus and Viborg, Denmark, have entered their students in the Zonta High School Project 2019 about Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


  • STX students have the opportunity to work extensively with SDG No. 5.
  • The teachers are given the opportunity to work in a new way with an important and highly current theme. The project does not involve additional work for them.
  • Zonta gains insight into how young people today relate to gender equality. This will help to qualify Zonta’s work to continue to make Goal No. 5 relevant to young women and men.

In the school subjects history, social studies, English or Danish, the students are working with one or more of the following SDG topics:

  • Why are forced underage marriages not sustainable?
  • The right to decide over one’s own body (regarding circumcision, how many children one can have, etc.).
  • Equal opportunities for both genders (right to education, work, equal pay, etc.).
  • Equal access to participation in political decision-making.
  • Equal rights to freedom of expression.
  • The evolution of gender roles over the last 100 years.
  • Or a topic related to gender equality that is close to students’ everyday lives.

 Gender Quality Event: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, 7 November in the banquet hall at Aarhus Cathedral School

Following the students’ work in school, Zonta is hosting a gender equality event at Aarhus Cathedral School for the participating high schools. Emma Holten, a modern feminist with strong views, will give a talk as a prelude to a debate between the students, where they will present and discuss the essence of their projects and their views on gender equality with each other.

Gender Equality – From high school students’ point of view to a global perspective

  • Locally: Students and teachers exchange views on a topic that influences everyone’s life
  • Regionally: The students’ thoughts and messages about Gender Equality are discussed across the youth education programs in the region
  • Globally: Via Zonta’s international network their messages are made known.

This project is a collaboration between three Zonta clubs in Denmark, District 13, Area 1: Aarhus I, Aarhus II and Viborg. This special project is part of the celebration of the Zonta 100th anniversary.

One thought on “Denmark Zonta clubs honor centennial by educating high school students about gender equality

  1. I am very interested in this project, although I am not surprised that Viborg is taking an active role. My grandmother was born in Viborg in 1928 and lived in Denmark until about 1947. She dated an English soldier who arrived in Viborg in May 1945 as part of the Allied Forces who liberated Denmark from German Occupation. They courted and were married in Viborg Cathedral. My grandfather and grandmother moved to the north of England where they lived out their lives, raising a son and a daughter (my mother).

    As a young woman at the end of the Second World War, my grandmother regarded herself as equal to any man or woman. An example of this was when she was asked to interpret for the Danish government at a dinner with the American and British ambassadors, who were men. She set a condition – that her best friend be allowed to attend too. And when she was asked to attend the following evening, she believed enough in her equality with men, to be strong enough to decline the request, in a situation where many would have felt obligated to their government. The simple fact was that my grandmother found the evening a little boring.

    My grandmother was shocked when she moved to England to find just how unequal women were to men in all areas of life, in contrast with Denmark. But she loved England and the English people and took an active part in the local community.

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