Every year, Girl Guides of Canada honours a select number of commemorative days that raise awareness of issues affecting girls and women around the world. These Make a Difference Days represent an opportunity for our members to collectively take action and fulfil our Mission by making a difference. Each day will be accompanied by a new instant meeting with activities to engage our girls on important issues and identify opportunities to tackle them. Look for programming to be posted about one month prior to each Make a Difference Day.
For the 2016-2017 Guiding year, we have chosen to celebrate the following days:
International Day of Peace (September 21, 2016)
International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world on September 21. It is a day where people strengthen and promote the ideals of peace.
International Day of the Girl (October 11, 2016)
International Day of the Girl is a day to commemorate and support girls' rights, and to end global gender inequality. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to the challenges that girls face worldwide, and to promote their empowerment.
Human Rights Day (December 10, 2016)
Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10 to commemorate the United Nation’s adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights. It is a day to celebrate our humanity, recognize our rights, and reinforce the notion that we are all entitled to dignity, freedom, and equality.
World Hunger Day (May 28, 2017)
(Programming coming spring 2017)
World Hunger Day brings awareness to the global issue of hunger. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize the challenges of chronic hunger and malnutrition, realize the importance of equitable food access, and take action so that everyone is guaranteed their right to food.
Canada's 150thBirthday – July 2017
(Programming will run for this Guiding year and next)
Canada’s 150th Anniversary – July 1st, 2017 marks Canada’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary! This instant meeting gives Guiders and girls the opportunity to come together to celebrate the diverse and powerful voices that have shaped the Canada they know and where it will be going in the years to come.