Session 3 Activity 4

Becoming aware of the need to be emancipated


as long as needed



Older women should know that they have rights in different areas of life; economic independence, the right to work, equal wages, legal equality, the right to vote, the right to education, the right to emancipation, the right to their body, to their social network, the right to mobility, etc.


Ask the learners to rank the following real-life stories involving the emancipation of women. They should rank the situations according to the degree of emancipation they illustrate, from most emancipated to least emancipated. Also, discuss the reordering.


Situation 1 

“You cannot put on this dress, mother. You will look funny.”

“Do you really think so?”


Situation 2 

“My daughter does not allow me to drive due to my medications. But I like driving. I have driven all my life… How can I deal with this situation? Should I listen to her?”


Situation 3 

“But you’re an older woman.” 

“Yes, that’s true but I am not older, I am old. Some people are young, some are middle aged, and I am old. What’s wrong with that…?”


Situation 4 

At a Third Age-festival there is a group of older women dressed up in fairies passing by. A man along their way comments: “Oh, fairies, that’s magic.” One of the ladies turns back and says, smiling, “But older fairies.”


Situation 5 

Before getting on the bus you put on perfume that is quite heavy. “Oh, I really like women who smell good,” says the driver rather unexpectedly. You feel embarrassed and say: “Particularly, when they are approaching 60 years of age.” The driver gets embarrassed, too, but has a quick reaction: “Yes, but gender remains, doesn’t it?”

Materials & Resources: 

Prepare cards with the description of situations.