February 22nd is a special day for everyone in the Guiding movement. Today, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe celebrate World Thinking Day — a day on which we celebrate the worldwide sisterhood of the movement. We are also reminded of the unity and strength of the movement which allows us to drive change for social issues around the world.
“We Can Save The Planet”
World Thinking Day 2012′s theme is based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 7. Many around the world face the harsh effects of environmental degradation and climate change. Environmental sustainability is vital as millions around the world lack access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Every day, more than 5,000 children die of water-related diseases. The impact on girls and young women in developing nations is massive as they have to forfeit education and forced to grow up fast due to the circumstances of their situation.
Henk ven Norden, Senior Advisor for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene initiative at UNICEF said, “Women and girls are twice as likely to carry and bring water home for domestic use. In many places, this water source is more than a half hour away. The impact on women is immediate.” (source UPIU).
As the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts seeks to educate girls and young women in the movement about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, it is important that we put this knowledge into action. My fellow Sister-in-Guiding, Su-An Ng, and I recently started a campaign to raise money and awareness for the global water crisis. We are both strongly passionate about creating social change and bringing aid to developing nations that face the scarcity of clean and safe water.
We have married our knowledge and personal expertise in social, digital and visual communication as one. The success in our friendship and Guiding bond has enabled us to collaborate with each other from different countries — Canada and Australia — as we aim to fight this global crisis together.
Together as one, divided we fall.