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Leading Out Loud on Day of the Girl!

Girl Guides in every county in Ireland are getting ready to celebrate International Day of the Girl (11 October) by leading out loud.

Our 11,000 members will join millions of girls and women, including the 10 million members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), in celebrating unscripted and unstoppable girls around the world.

They will learn about girls’ rights in different times, countries and cultures and through their involvement in the Girl Guides will develop their leadership skills and make a positive impact on their communities.

One hundred and thirty-five members who have already demonstrated leadership in their communities will head to Croke Park the following day to receive their Trailblazer National Guide Award at a special ceremony.

“By participating in a range of activities, projects and challenges, our members demonstrate leadership and develop confidence and independence while learning how to speak up and take action to make the world a better place,” says IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon.

“The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl is #GirlForce – Unscripted and Unstoppable and many of our members, including the 135 girls receiving our Trail Blazer award, are unstoppable in that they have blazed a trail for our younger members to follow. These amazing young people are 14 and 15 years of age and have already carried out projects in their local communities and have scripted their own paths by choosing the challenges they undertake.

“Our organisation empowers girls to be unscripted and unstoppable by giving them the opportunity to lead, to speak up and take action on issues that are important to them, for example gender equality and climate action,” says Ms Concannon.

“We do a lot of work around the Sustainable Development Goals and we encourage girls through non-formal education to undertake new challenges and step out of their comfort zones in order to develop to their full potential and become responsible citizens.”