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IGG stands for ‘a better world where everyone is valued’

Irish Girl Guides’ Chief Commissioner, Amanda O’Sullivan, issued the following statement on 9 June 2020:

Over the last couple of weeks we have all seen and heard about the injustice that many black people experience and the racism that exists in society. As an organisation whose mission is to develop responsible citizens, we stand with all our members and their families to create a better world where everyone is valued. Racism is a learned behaviour and, just like stereotypes around the other eight illegal forms of discrimination in Ireland, it can be unlearned (see our anti-discrimination posters).

Within our Guiding programme, we educate and promote equality for all. We pride ourselves on showing respect, being inclusive and equitable whilst empowering our members to speak out and create the change they want to see in our world.

To our black members and staff, we see you, we hear you and we are with you.

To our members who are not black, it is not enough to be non-racist: we want all our members to be actively anti-racist. Last year we, the members of Irish Girl Guides, chose this new Vision for the organisation: Today there can be a place for girls to be themselves, a place where there is diversity, equality, a place to make a difference, and that place is Girl Guides.

Together, we will ensure that all girls and women are not just welcome, but are included throughout the Irish Girl Guides.

United with our 10 million sister Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, we understand that the burden of changing oppressive systems should not be put on those being oppressed. If we want to create a better world, it’s up to all of us – black, white, everyone – to step up and advocate for it. We all need to speak up against injustice in the places where we are.