Monday, October 1, 2012

Mark Your Calendar: International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl
The other day on Twitter I noticed a tweet from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts about the first ever International Day of the Girl, set for Oct. 11. I hadn't heard about this, but then again, I'm doing good to remember Juliette Low's birthday and Thinking Day each year.

The International Day of the Girl was established by the United Nations following campaigns by a number of collaborating organizations. While not just directed at Girl Scouts, it definitely is relevant, as it focuses on issues facing girls around the world.

In honor of the day, WAGGGS is inviting girls and troops to imagine and help create "the world we want for girls." They have created a special website where you can go to submit your vision. This could be a great activity for a troop meeting, as the entries can be done in a variety of formats:

  • Draw a picture of your perfect world for girls and take a photo of it
  • Film yourself with some friends acting out a role play of your perfect world for girls
  • Upload a video of yourself explaining your perfect world for girls
  • Take a photo of yourself holding a piece of paper with your message written on it
  • Submit a quotation or idea
  • Fill in a World We Want for Girls postcard

If your troop is working on the aMUSE (Junior) or aMAZE (Cadette) Journeys, this day could be a good tie-in. (I'm sure there are other Journeys or badges that would be relevant as well.) It also makes for a nice wrap-up of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, as you can discuss how the world has already changed for girls over the past 100 years.

Is your troop celebrating the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11? If so, would love to hear your ideas!

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