22 May

Bring Back Our Girls

On April 15th, nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram in Nigeria. They are still missing.

As Girl Scouts, we strive to make the world a better place. This tragic situation is a reminder that we still have a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, women all over the world are still having to demand the right to be educated. This situation is giving rise to a global outcry about what’s happened to these Nigerian girls, as well as other girls and women who are being deprived of the right to be educated.

Our New York Girl Scouts are finding ways to express their support for these girls, and we would like to invite you to join them in showing your support. (Please know, however, that the Girl Scouts is a nonpartisan organization, and expresses no affiliation or support for any political party or ideology). Here are several ways that you can help right here in NYC:

  • Today, Thursday, May 22nd, the Bring Back Our Girls campaign is asking that girls across the country wear red to school and organize marches. Many of our Girl Scouts will be part of this effort at their schools. We would like to be part of this effort by challenging each of our troops to wear red T-shirts (on Thursday or at your next meeting) and pose with a “#BringBackOurGirls Girl Scouts NYC” sign. Please post your picture on the “Bring Back Our Girls” Facebook page and tag our Facebook page.

You also can do the same on Twitter, using the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, and including us @girlscoutsnyc.

  • At the Girl Scouts of Greater New York Board meeting this morning, President Rose Littlejohn will opened the meeting with comments about this campaign, and Board members were invited to join her in showing their support by wearing a red ribbon.

  • On Saturday, May 31st, our Council is holding a Teen Leadership Summit at St. Francis College. We invite our teen Girl Scouts to come to the Leadership Summit. We will be showing our support by wearing red t-shirts and tweeting/posting throughout the day. Girls also can will have the chance to express their feelings about the importance of girls around the world having the opportunity to be educated, through writing and talking, during a workshop session. Their thoughts will be shared with influential politicians, and a “thank you” note will be sent to our New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand for joining the other 19 female U.S. senators in urging President Obama to support efforts to locate the abducted girls.

  • Finally, if any Girl Scout is interested in doing a Gold Award project pertaining to this subject, we will fast track review so that the project will be timely. For more information, please e-mail Klundgard@girlscoutsnyc.org.

If you want to do more, please check outhttp://bringbackourgirls.us/action/. The site will assist you in contacting your local politicians and organizing rallies. The site also has downloadable posters that can be used to spread the word.

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