International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2014
Hero. Such a simple word that can mean so much. In comic books and Hollywood blockbusters, super heroes have extraordinary talents and superhuman powers that they dedicate to helping protect the world. While these kinds of super heroes may be imaginary, heroes are very real.
We are surrounded by girls and young women who are truly heroes. They are brave, they are bold, they are courageous. They go to school and work, they take on responsibilities, they volunteer in their community, they move the world forward.
As we mark International Day of the Girl 2014 on October 11, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the girls and women who do extraordinary things. It’s time to recognize girls and young women as powerful agents of change in their own lives, the lives of their families, their communities, and the world.
This year, Girl Guides of Canada is marking International Day of the Girl by celebrating female heroes, and how their simple actions generate strength, hope and inspiration. It’s a day to hear from girls about what it means to be a hero, and the female heroes that have made an impact on their lives.
At GGC, we are instrumental in helping girls be heroes in their own ways. Through Guiding, girls have a safe and supportive space to raise their voice, share their stories, and make an impact.
We all have it in us to be heroes. Whenever we show courage when faced with a problem, whenever we are willing to help others – even when it isn’t the easiest thing to do – we are heroes. Through these simple but bold actions, we can generate incredible change.
By guest blogger Sharron Callahan, Chief Commissioner and International Commissioner, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada.
Girl Guides of Canada’s International Day of the Girl instant meeting offers activities that will give girls the chance celebrate their heroes and explore and be inspired by issues they care about in their communities and around the world.