First Lady Sandra Granger has said that educating, nurturing and supporting girls are the keys to raising strong women, in her address at a ceremony hosted by the Guyana Girl Guides Association (GGGA) in observance of World Thinking Day 2016, held at GGGA’s Headquarters on Brickdam, Georgetown.
The First Lady was also officially inducted as the patron of the Association, during the ceremony on Sunday.
The Guyana Girl Guides Association recite the Girl Guides Promise
The First Lady pointed out that in today’s world, young women and girls are confronted with numerous challenges ranging from how they are viewed within their own families, among their friends, within their communities and among their associates to how they see themselves as individuals.
“When we look around we see issues of depression, abuse, domestic violence, lack of education, trafficking in persons, rape and incest and suicide… we have stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS and many other matters that sometimes cause us to question ourselves and our capacity to hold on and to grow and develop and be the strong women we are meant to be,” the First Lady said.
She reminded the audience that the girls of today will grow up to be the women of tomorrow, who will be responsible for holding up the world as mothers, daughters, wives, partners and professionals in all fields. As such, she said, they need to be nurtured, loved, honoured and encouraged to pursue their dreams.
“We must know that regardless of whatever skills we have and where we will make our contributions to society, every single person is unique and valued… As you observe World Thinking Day 2016, I urge you to develop a passion for compassion.”
World Thinking Day is a day set aside by Scout and Guide organisations and some boy-oriented associations around the world to get together to celebrate international friendships, reflect on their work and highlight issues that affect girls globally.
Delivering the World Thinking Day Message, member of the Association, Ambalika Belle called on members of the Guiding and Scouting Associations to reaffirm their commitment to bringing together more young people united in peace and friendship and to support each other to ensure young people benefit from the opportunities that both organisations can provide.
During the ceremony, six girls received scholarship awards from the Muriel Wight Scholarship Fund. The recipients are: Christina Burrowes, Tiwana Chester, Tamara Braithwaite, Tameka Braithwaite, Trishel Jarvis and Abida Alexander.
The Fund was launched in February 2010 in honour of Guide Commissioner Muriel Wight (now deceased), whose life’s work centred on the education and empowerment of girls. The fund is sustained through fund-raisings, donations, and sponsorship.