It’s been a long time since I was a Girl Guide and as it’s World Thinking Day, I wanted to pay my respects for the work that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts carry out to make a difference in their local communities and for raising awareness on a global scale.
In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the world met and agreed that there should be an annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for the international movement. The day, Thinking Day, was the 22nd February, birthday of founder Lord Baden-Bowell.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has a long tradition of speaking out for change on behalf of girls and young women everywhere, and their mission is to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of world. They strongly believe that being a responsible citizen means being prepared to speak out (against injustice) and take action on behalf of others and ourselves.
I believe my time as a Girl Guide when I was very young help to set me up to be the person I am today – speaking against injustice and inequality and taking actions to improve the lives of others and make the world a fairer place, and for this reason I really want to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do.
In the last three years, more than 100 young women attended key global events where they spoke side-by-side with Heads of States and key UN officials. They lobbied decision-makers on issues that they cared about, such as gender equality and empowerment, youth rights, environment and climate change, and sustainable development.
Stop The Violence is the current campaign to end violence against girls and women. Since 2011 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been lobbying and raising awareness in schools and local communities worldwide.
To get involved in this campaign, there are a variety of downloads and resources to help you take action. You can also donate here to support the campaign, and general donations can also be made to the WAGGGS through their website.
If you want to learn more about the history of the movement, you can download the World Thinking Day 2019 activity pack.
This World Thinking Day, please think about the huge impact these girls are having in the world and help them make even bigger changes. #WTD2019