15 Feb

World Thinking Day 2013


On February 22nd, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world will be celebrating World Thinking Day.


Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926 as a day of friendship and advocacy for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. World Thinking Day is an opportunity for you to:


  • learn about life for your peers in other countries, celebrate international friendships, and remember that you are part of a global community;

  • earn the World Thinking Day badge; and

  • do fun and educational activities based around WAGGS advocacy themes for the year.


This year’s twin themes are "together we can save children's lives” and “every mother’s life and health is precious.” These themes are based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and focus on reducing child mortality rates and improving maternal health around the globe.


The two Millennium Goals are closely linked and both are central issues affecting girls and young women around the world. Here is some food for thought...: Each year, more than 8 million children under five years of age1 and more than 287,000 mothers2 die from poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 years in many low- and middle-income countries.


But child and maternal deaths are not just an issue in the developing world. Did you know that children in the United States are less likely to reach their fifth birthday than in 40 other developed countries?


If you want to find out more about the themes, the issues, and this year’s focus countries, visit www.worldthinkingday.org or download the WAGGGS newsletter.


Then go to your next troop meeting and take action! Together, 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world truly can save lives.


What activity ideas does your troop have on this year’s theme? Share them in our Comments section and our Facebook page!

1 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index2.html, http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/sowc/pdfs/SOWC_Spec%20Ed_CRC_Main%20Report_EN_090409.pdf

2WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and The World Bank (2012). Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010

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