It's Sunday afternoon and once again I'm writing...I'm always writing these days! This time it's not for my PhD though - it's for the upcoming International Evening at Guides. Last Thursday we celebrated World Thinking Day which takes place on 22nd February (The Birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement and his wife Olave, who was World Chief Guide).
World Thinking Day is a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and apprecation for the International Movement. This year the two themes for World Thinking Day come from MDG 4 (Reduce Child Mortality) and MDG 5 (Improve Maternal Health) - Together we can save children's lives and Every mother's life and health is precious. Since 2010 there have been 5 focus countries -this year they are; Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Pakistan, Venezuela and Malawi.
Not only is Girl Guides in Malawi very different from Guiding in the UK, there is a stark difference between the lives of young girls in Malawi compared to those in Scotland. Using the MDGs as a basis for the World Thinking Day not only means that WTD is closely linked with international issues but that there is an emphasis on issues relevant to girls around the world.
WTD not only got me thinking about Guiding around the world but also about the role organisations such as Girl Guides can make. With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, WAGGGS is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. A movement I'm proud to be part of.