Every year, Girl Guides of Canada honours a select number of commemorative days that raise awareness of issues affecting girls and women around the world. These Make a Difference Days represent an opportunity for our members to collectively take action and fulfil our Mission by making a difference. Each day will be accompanied by a new instant meeting with activities to engage our girls on important issues and identify opportunities to tackle them. Look for programming to be posted about one month prior to each Make a Difference Day.
For the 2015-2016 Guiding year, we have chosen to celebrate the following days:
International Day of the Girl (October 11)
International Day of the Girl is a day to commemorate and support girls’ rights, and to end global gender inequality. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to the challenges that girls face worldwide, and to promote their empowerment.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is about focusing on issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The goal is to find innovate ways to break down barriers and promote an inclusive society for all.
World Thinking Day (February 22)
World Thinking Day celebrates the global Guiding movement. Girl Guides of Canada members use this day to learn about important issues facing girls today, and to connect with our Guiding sisters around the world.
International Women’s Day (March 8)
For over 100 years, the accomplishments and struggles of women worldwide have been brought to our attention through International Women’s Day. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest organizations serving girls and women, our work not only builds up the girl who walks through our doors, it builds up the woman she will become.
National Mental Health Week (May 2-8)
National Mental Health Week is an opportunity to lean more, speak out against stigma and make changes for better mental health. As an important part of overall health, mental health involves how we think, act, feel and interact with the world around us.