International Day of the Girl (IDG) is an opportunity to bring global focus to girls’ rights, the challenges that girls face in their everyday lives and to empower girls to make a positive difference in the world. This year GGC is focusing on inspiring girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the opportunities that exist within these fields.
This year’s instant meeting has a opening and closing activity and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. Units are expected to do at least one activity from each section.
This week to celebrate International Women’s Day we completed the Famous Five Challenge from Alberta. While the girls were in their patrol corners we distributed copies of the Famous Five word search (from the Famous Five Supplement) for them to work on as a group. After horseshoe we talked a little about how January 2016 marked 100 years since the first women in Canada were legally allowed to vote. We introduced them to the Famous Five and the Persons Case. Next we read the interactive story found in the Famous Five Supplement.
Then we moved out of horseshoe to a table we’d set up with a lace table cloth and a pretty pink centerpiece. We had speakers set up so the girls could listen to the audio from Famous5.ca about the pink teas. Then we let each girl help herself to can of pink grapefruit juice and told them to break up into groups of four or five and hold their own pink tea. What women’s issues did they want to discuss and what changes did they want to see in the world? We came back together as a group after they’d had time to discuss to find out what they’d been talking about. A number of the girls talked about rights of women in other countries and how they didn’t have the same rights we have in Canada. Other groups talked about how girls sports are often over looked and the absence of girls and women in many action figure and other toys.
Girl Guides of Canada has release an instant meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day on or near March 8th. This year’s theme is Women Writing History. The instant meeting includes activities such as making a timeline of important moments in Women’s history, variations on What time is it Mr. Wolf and Octopus to teach girls about women’s history and activities to get the girls thinking about their own history.
October 11th is the International Day of the Girl. The theme for the 2015 International Day of the Girl challenge is Reach Your Potential. The challenge Instant meeting includes a grab bag of different activities including careers in STEM, gender specific toys, road maps to success, and women in non-traditional jobs.
It sounds like a new version of the crest is in the works for 2015 as well so if you did the challenge with your unit in 2014 or 2013, you can do it again this year.
The International Day of the Girl is the first of five dates Girl Guides is calling Make a Difference Days. Watch out for the others later this year… International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), World Thinking Day (February 22), International Women’s Day (March 8) and National Mental Health Week (May 2-8).
Girl Guides of Canada introduced a new challenge in 2013 to mark the International Day of the Girl on October 11th.
The theme in 2013 was Girls Take the Lead and the challenge was in the form of an Instant Meeting that can be found HERE. The meeting does require a guest speaker so it may take some weeks to set up.
EDITED TO ADD: The 2014 theme is Girl Heros. It also takes the form of an Instant Meeting and can be found HERE.