Every year in Canada we celebrate Persons Day on October 18th to commemorate the day when women were made persons under Canadian law following the Persons case.
As an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of girls and women Girl Guides of Canada recognizes the importance of Persons Day and promoting gender equality. In fact, this year we’ve asked our membership to look at gender equality as part of our National Service Project: EmPower Girls.
Still one question I regularly get is “Why doesn’t GGC allow boys and men to join?”
The answer is simple…
Girl Guides of Canada, as stated in our Mission and Vision, is an organization for girls and women and our commitment to remain an all-female organization is reaffirmed annually by our Board of Directors and it is stated in our bylaws that only girls and women may be Members of Girl Guides.
GGC provides a safe and supportive climate that nurtures girls and encourages them to develop and pursue their goals. Girls and women support one another, develop a respect for girls and women, value female friendship and role models, and learn more about their own strengths and abilities, as well as pride in their own gender. This is done in an environment that is free from the competition that is inherent in co-ed environments.
This environment does not negate the important role of boys and men in the lives of girls or women. Rather, it offers an alternative avenue of development that complements the many other influences girls and women find in all other aspects of their lives.
My question to you – is there a place in today’s world for organizations like Guides that focus on a single gender? OR that is open only to girls and women?