October is full of special days, the start of the Girl Scout year, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, but do you know about International Day of the Girl? This is celebrated on October 11th! International Day of the Girl is a day to celebrate girlhood, discuss the importance of girls’ rights, and bring attention to the unique challenges’ girls face around the world.
Since 2012, Girl Scouts and the global community have used this day to bring attention to some of the most pressing issues impacting girls in the United States and around the world. It has also become a day to showcase the resilience, ingenuity, and power of girl leadership and social change.
How can you celebrate International Day of the Girl with your troop? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Activity Guide. Each year WAGGGS released a new activity guide for all Girl Scouts. This year they are focusing on #writeherstory encouraging Girls to learn more about how they want to see the world in the future and how to advocate for it! Learn more about it here: https://www.wagggs.org/en/what-we-do/day-of-the-girl/ and get the free activity guide here: https://www.wagggs.org/en/resources/write-her-story-international-day-girl-2021/
- Attend Girl Scout Change the World. Girl Scouts has partnered with Lego for a great virtual event all about how Girls have changed the world and how to get involved in global action! This event is free and will be on October 9th from 1:30 pm-5 pm. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-scouts-change-the-world-registration-164879774845?aff=WebBanner
- Learn more about Day of the Girl. UNICEF and the UN have great information and resources on why it's important to celebrate International Day of the Girl! Have the Girls learn about this important day and share with the troop what they found. Use these resources to get started: https://www.un.org/en/observances/girl-child