Are “Connecting Girls” & “Inspiring Futures” Lofty Goals?

International Women's Day 2012

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.  Wow!  Connect and inspire girls – help them achieve brighter futures – lofty goals indeed. But how? How do we right the wrongs, inspire dreams and lead the charge? How do we show girls the way to greatness?

We don’t! I suggest we let girls lead and show us the way.

We all know that children love to dream – they are idealists; they can find perfection in a mud puddle, a cookie or a storybook. They dream big – rocket ships to Saturn, houses in trees in the rainforest (so the monkeys can visit of course), and backyard Ferris wheels. They are natural givers and sharers – happily giving away their new Beyblade because their “bestest” friend doesn’t have one.

Children see injustice for what it is and they see the solutions where we adults see problems – “if those people are hungry, we should give them food and they should stop fighting because people get hurt, it’s better to just share.”

As adults our mandate shouldn’t be just to teach or to lead but to listen and to trust. Just giving girls a safe space to express their thoughts and feelings, and respecting their ideas and opinions are the best ways to build their confidence and courage.  When girls connect to themselves and each other they also connect to the wider world and that can lead to extraordinary change.

Girls will guide us, and themselves to a brighter future if we provide opportunities for them to lead and succeed. And their leadership will inspire us all.

By Nisha, GGC staff

Every year March 8th marks International Women’s Day (IWD), recognizing and celebrating women’s achievements and highlight gender inequalities and issues around the world. Organizations, governments, charities and women’s groups around the world, including Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, choose themes that reflect global and local gender issues.  This year’s international theme: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures speaks directly to the Girl Guide mission.
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2 Responses to Are “Connecting Girls” & “Inspiring Futures” Lofty Goals?

  1. Naomi PuzzlePeace says:

    I am becoming a Scout Leader yet as a Scout Leader I feel this blog has things to say to me. I think not only women and girls should be involved in International Womans Day but men and boys…Scouts and Gides/Scouters and Guiders. It is important for all to be aware of this day and what can be done to better the lives of women and girls all over the world and since men have a lot of power in this world shouldn’t they be involved too? We forget that days honouring and aiding women are for the whole world not just women. So if you have sons or fathers in your home make them aware of this very important day. If you have Scouts and Scouters in your lives make them aware of this day as it is as important for them as it is for women.

    Naomi

  2. Nisha says:

    Thank you Naomi, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    International Women’s Day is a time for all of us, women and men and boys and girls, to reflect, increase awareness, share and take action on women and girl’s issues that really affect us all.

    The sentiments in this post aren’t only for girls or women – they are for anyone who cares for children and youth.

    Nisha

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