25 November saw the start of 16 days of activism against Gender based violence. It is used to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. 11th Company, Girls’ Brigade Zimbabwe looked at this issue with their girls & young women. On the 23rd of November the Company observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
Commemorated on the 25th of November every year, the girls observed it early since they have their fellowship every Saturday. The day, marks the beginning of the 10 Days of Activism Against Violence, and the girls, including the Explorers could identify forms of violence that they face. They had an opportunity to empower each other on how to handle these issues. Some had testimonies which saw Officers identifying girls who need help. The day ended with girls telling stories through drawings, the colourful drawings were later put up on the church’s notice board and the following day the congregants appreciated the lesson so much.
It was hoped that this would help the girls and as they continued to observe the 10 days. The girls gained more knowledge on how to handle violence perpetrated against girls.
Please join us in praying for girls & young women who are affected by this issue.
March 2020, a team of younger GB leaders from across the Five Fellowships will
travel to New York to represent Girls’ Brigade International at the UN’s
Commission on the Status of Women, the world’s largest global policy making
forum on gender justice.
team has been appointed after an intensive application process which involved
online applications, videos and interviews. GB International’s President Mrs
Priscilla Penny shared: ‘This initiative has been wonderful opportunity to
learn more about the many passionate and talented young women who are part of
The Girls’ Brigade global family. The creativity of our younger leaders and
their passion for turning up the volume of Gospel hope for girls is infectious.
Thank you to everyone who applied; we’re grateful for your courage to step up
for this opportunity and excited to see how God will continue to use you in
your own spheres of influence.’
information about GBI’s Delegation of Hope team will be released soon but we’d
love to introduce you to our fantastic team.
Meet Ruth Utulu, 31, from
Abakaliki. She has been a member of GB for over 28 years and belongs to 1st
ECWA Company, Abakaliki in Nigeria.
Ruth has over 9 years of proven track record in girl’s child activism, mentoring, empowering and leading women in creating safe spaces for young girls. Ruth holds a bachelor degree in Physics and Education and master’s degree in Educational Administration and Planning alongside other certification. She currently serves as the State Coordinator for Girls’ Brigade Ebonyi State, where she overseas creation of Girls’ Brigade Companies which are a safe haven for young girls to network, build self-esteem, learn skills and to find true enrichment in life.
Ruth is committed to
educating, empowering and enlightening the girl child because she believes that
it is a viable tool for a Nation’s development and advancement. She is working
for gender equality, equal pay and opportunities for women and girls.
Because of Girls’ Brigade, Ruth became a committed Christian, learning about Christ and his ways. Girls’ Brigade instils oneness in the body of Christ which helps to embrace other Christians and denominations. She learned selflessness and service in
Girls’ Brigade which has led to the advocacy work she does today in championing the cause of the Girl Child. Ruth has built leadership skills, communication skills, teamwork, project planning and management and lots of other skills. Because of Girls’ Brigade Ruth has gained lots of exposure meeting people in spheres she ordinarily wouldn’t have.
Ruth is excited
about the rare opportunity to attend UNCSW because she believes it will avail
the opportunity to watch, listen and learn how policies are made and shaped for
a just society. She is also excited for the opportunity to network with other
young people driving social change in their different spheres. Ruth is also
excited that she will have the opportunity to work alongside other Girls’
Brigade members across the globe to share with the world the work we do at GB.
Meet Hannah Morpeth, 25 from North East England. She has been a member of GB for 20 years and
belongs to 1st Windy Nook Girls’ Brigade.
Hannah is a 25 year
old mental health nurse living and working in the North East of England. She
has attended her local Girls’ Brigade group since she was five years old and is
currently a leader of the n:spire (14-18) section there. Hannah loves creative
writing, facilitating creative writing workshops and going to the theatre. She
goes to worship in the church her GB group is at and has recently started a
worship leader course to enable her to contribute more within the church.
Hannah feels really
passionate about giving Christians access to a more helpful, hopeful narrative
around mental ill-health. There is a big gap in this area presently, often
Christian people are given access to a purely medical or a purely spiritual
response whereas a helpful response often lies somewhere in the middle of both.
There is a risk that without this there is a barrier to people being able to
access mental health care and treatment. Hannah is also a member of the GB
Europe Executive team and in this role, led a mental health workshop on a
mission extension trip to Macedonia.
Because of GB,
Hannah is inspired. Girls’ Brigade has given her so many incredible
opportunities in her life which have improved her world view, confidence and
faith. She would never have dreamt that these opportunities would exist to her
let alone that she would take them, and they have such an impact on her life.
Hannah is really
excited to be part of a multi-cultural team that is brought together with the
commonality of Girls’ Brigade and a passion for gender equality. She is looking
forward to the impact this could have not only on a global platform but also
the inspiration this will give to girls in local GB groups. The Delegation of
Hope is an exciting opportunity that brings together lots of Hannah’s passions
and she is looking forward to seeing the positive impact this can have on
Girls’ Brigade International.
Meet Ronnell Roberts-Reid, 27, from Trinidad & Tobago.
She has been a member of GB for 20 years and belongs to 19th
Ronnell is a
consultant by profession and an officer in GB. She joined GB at the age of 8
and left after being a young leader for a year to pursue her bachelors. Upon
her return home from university she did not hesitate to pick up where she left
off and is now an officer teaching the Explorers (5-9 year olds). Ronnell is
passionate about education and social stereotyping. She believes that
stereotypes exist because there is some truth behind it, however it is 2019 and
things are changing. People are re-writing the narrative.
A key injustice that
Ronnell is passionate about transforming is stereotyping based on your address.
Growing up in the “ghetto” she has encountered numerous occasions where people
created a narrative for her based on her address alone and it happens to this
day. There is even a tag line that is quoted whenever someone from Laventille
achieves something outside of the narrative ‘Good things do come from
Laventille’. Ronnell’s community may not be perfect but the fact remains “Where
is?” Good people can come from anywhere and Ronnell is a proud
‘Laventille-ian’. She is fighting this injustice by using GB as her platform.
It gives Ronnell the opportunity to engage with young ladies and let them know
that they are more than the label society places on them.
Because of GB Ronnell is who she is today. GB played a vital role in her development and provided her the opportunity to grow and develop with fellow Christian young ladies. From the time Ronnell joined GB she started to find her voice. She was always shy but through GB she was able to become more social. Ronnell also believes that being a part of GB helped her to remain grounded in her faith and birthed her love for teaching and helping other girls find their purpose through God by interacting with the younger girls whilst she was in Seniors and Brigaders.
Ronnell is excited about being a part of the Delegation of Hope team since it will allow her the chance to be in the forefront when it comes to fighting social injustice. She usually voices her opinion via discussions amongst family, friends etc. It will also allow Ronnell to network with likeminded people – that is, people who are passionate about fighting social injustice. It will give the team the opportunity to share their ideas with each other and hopefully successfully implement a few.
Meet Cindy Chow Li Teen, 30 from
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. She has been a member of GB for 16 years and
belongs to 3rd Kuching Company.
Cindy is the youngest in the family of three. She is married to a teacher and they’ve been together for the past year. Cindy is a graduate of Multimedia University, Malaysia and practised law since 2013. Currently, she is running her firm along with two other partners. She joined GB as a girl since High School and now serves as a GB officer, since 2015. Cindy believes in doing things justly, being merciful and to walk humbly with God as it was taught in Micah 6:8.
Cindy is passionate about providing all children especially girls a safe place where they can grow, learn and live up to their potential. She also wishes to provide these girls with equal opportunity in terms of education, livelihood and freedom of religion. Young children especially girls should be granted these basic rights so they can grow to be leaders of tomorrow.
Because of GB, Cindy
is a strong, independent and resourceful woman who is not afraid to voice
opinion and to speak out for the voiceless. Through her years in GB, she is
better able to navigate in this ever changing and challenging world. Cindy
found her calling in GB and it is her privilege to serve in GB as a way of
giving back and to nurture young girls how she was been nurtured. It is her
vision that more girls can be part of GB and it is her hope and prayer to see
girls achieving their potential through GB and to know God more.
Cindy is excited
about being part of the GBI’s Delegation of Hope team as she hopes to network
with other GB leaders as well as leaders from different organisations of
different aspects. She hopes to also share with more people on how and what GB
can do in helping girls’ life to be enriched. By networking, we can create a
more impactful force through GB. Apart from that, Cindy would like to inspire
her girls and other young ladies, as long as they are persistent and they hold
on to a strong and correct principle in what they do and God as our strength,
we are able to achieve our dream.
Meet Caitlyn Robinson, 18, from
Brisbane, Australia. She has been a member of GB for 7 years and belongs to 45th
Brisbane Girls’ Brigade.
Caitlyn is a
university student currently studying a double degree in Nursing and
Psychology. When she is not studying, she works as a waitress and runs a little
business, Cait’s Charity Cards. Caitlyn also enjoys sewing, playing with her
cat and catching up with friends. She is currently completing her Queen’s Award
with Girls’ Brigade and looks forward to attending GB at her local church every
Caitlyn is a
passionate advocate for women’s education. She believes that education is a
foundation for improving the quality of life for many women around the world.
Educating girls has been identified as a way to reduce child marriages, reduce
poverty and even combat climate change. Caitlyn is excited to see how we can
shape the future of education to improve the lives of girls and women globally.
Because of GB,
Caitlyn is empowered to fight for causes she believes in. At Girls’ Brigade,
she is surrounded by women who are passionate about social justice. Her leaders
and friends have always been supportive of her charity work; their
encouragement is invaluable. She loves that Girls’ Brigade equips girls to make
a difference and speak up about issues they are passionate about.
Girls’ Brigade has
long been a place where girls are empowered to make a difference. Caitlyn is
excited to be part of the Delegation of Hope, because she knows that GB can
provide a unique perspective on gender equality and religion. Being provided
with the opportunity to network with women from around the globe is a fantastic
way to strengthen Girls’ Brigade bonds across the fellowships.
The team will also
be joined by Jessie Emms, winner of the Girls Living Life to the Full challenge
(find out more about Jessie below). Please click here
for more information about the competition and please keep praying for all the
Meet Jessie Emms, 22, from England.She has been a member of GB for 17 years.
Jessie is described as a coffee fuelled 22 year old who is sensitive to social injustice and passionate about raising hope for women. When she’s not volunteering for Girls’ Brigade it’s because she’s at work. She is employed full time as a mental health nurse and at present is working in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although rewarding, the job can be rather challenging at times, so in her free time Jessie loves to travel and explore new places. She has been to over 20 different Countries and still has a list longer that she wants to visit.
The key injustice that Jessie is passionate about transforming is in the area of girls’ education. This isn’t just access to education but all the barriers that prevent girls from accessing the quality education that they deserve. For example: period poverty, child marriage, stereotypes that girls can only do certain subjects/careers, access to mental health support and the lack of resources and role models that help propel girls towards success. She really believes that if we can educate one girl, we can educate a whole generation. We can break down barriers and bridge those gaps.
Because of GB, Jessie is the young women that she is today. Jessie truly feels empowered and can proudly say that she is more than half the girl she was 17 years ago. Jessie has come from a shy, unconfident girl with some difficulties that constantly held her back but Girls’ Brigade changed that. GB really has given her endless opportunities and experiences that have enabled her to literally now live ‘life to the full’. Because of GB Jessie is a hope-bringer, generation-shaper and transformer. It is wonderful to see how God is using Jessie to make the world a more fair and hope-filled place.
Jessie is excited to be part of the Delegation of Hope team because in simple terms, it means she will get to be part of an incredible opportunity that will further raise GB’s platform in the international sphere. As the world’s oldest Christian movement for girls GB deserves to get the recognition and to be part of the world’s largest gathering of gender equality activists. Not only that but Jessie is excited about how being part of the team which will enable her to have better connections through effective networking will in turn result in an increased number of fruitful and divine connections for GB which will continue to help transform the lives of girls across the world.
Jessie hopes attending UNCSW will develop herself and help Girls’ Brigade by inspiring, connecting, influencing and transforming. By being a part of the Delegation of Hope team they have a real opportunity to inspire others about the incredible 127 years of ministry amongst girls across 50 countries as well as the positive impact of Christian faith on girls’ lives. Not only that but they will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of other influencers and organisations which will help GBI to build foundations for relationships and increase the potential for collaboration particularly in the area of faith and girls’ rights….something that is important to GB as a faith based organisation. From this GBI will have the platform to really influence the decisions that will be made at the UNCSW as well as transform, the members of the Delegation of Hope will gain more knowledge, expertise and experience of international advocacy and campaigning which can be taken back to their local communities as well as help to lead GBI’s advocacy forward.
On Human Rights Day, The Girls’ Brigade
International is standing together with other religious actors and faith-based
networks around the world advocating for the respect and fulfilment of human
Increasing polarization, the rise of populist nationalism and regressive forces are gaining strength – driven by religious, economic, and political fundamentalism’s. Human rights are under attack. Human rights defenders, particularly women, who seek justice are being silenced. The push back is deep, pervasive and relentless.
While religions can be part of the problem, people of faith are diverse and a growing number of religious actors are using our prophetic voice for gender justice. The Girls’ Brigade International is working alongside religious actors and faith-based networks to amplify our voice for a just world. In joint statements submitted to the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women, we advocated:
commitment to human rights is not an arbitrary cultural or ideological
preference; it is rooted in religious convictions. There can be no justice
where God-given human rights are violated or where duty bearers fail to
discharge their responsibilities. We recognize and lament the fact that in many
parts of the world today the legitimacy of the principles and obligations
expressed in international human rights law are being undermined and attacked
as never before.”
In March 2020, a Delegation
of Hope from The Girls’ Brigade International will be attending the 64th
UN Commission on the Status of Women and working alongside religious and
faith-based networks, will be amplifying a collective faith voice that protects
human rights, promotes gender equality, and pushes forward, for
We are stronger when we stand together. The
Girls’ Brigade International will continue to strengthen our alliances and use
our voice to defend human rights and to turn up the volume of Gospel hope for
girls and women.
Where has the time gone, we are already in Advent 2019! We thank God for His mercies throughout 2019.
God has been doing amazing things in The Girls’ Brigade this year. Thank you and well done to all our Volunteers /Officers, who have given their time, energy and resources to help share the Hope Story, #GBcares.
As we enter into the Advent period and
prepare our hearts for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we remember to
slow down from all the holiday preparations and parties, take a deep breath and
reflect the reason for the Season!
Isaiah 9:2-7, gives us the Promise of Hope, “
…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His
government and peace there will be no end.”
Life with all its challenges, God will always take us through and in one word the Answer to all our Sorrows and Joys, is JESUS.
In this name we have Hope for HELP in any situation, Hebrews 4:16:- “to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in our time of need”
In this name we have Hope to OVERCOME any challenges that come our way. 1 John 5:4 – “and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith”
In this name, we have Hope that we will have POWER to do what we are supposed to do. Seeing our weakness as the entry point of God’s strength gives access to His power! 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
In this name, we have Hope for ETERNITY,for life after death. It is a confident expectation of the ultimate “tomorrow”. Romans 15:13 “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
not forget the reason for this holiday season…JESUS.
Brigade International (GBI) is delighted to announce the winners of the Girls’
Living Life to the Full challenge.
category winner: Jessie Emms from Girls’ Brigade England & Wales
place to Veronica Chita from Girls’ Brigade Zambia.
category winner: Chloe Treagus from Girls’ Brigade Scotland
place to Precious Ebong from Girls’ Brigade Nigeria.
on this question ‘What is your hope for girls around the world today?’, the
challenge was to produce a creative response sharing your thoughts and ideas.
This could have been a poster, collage, sculpture or photograph.
winner Jessie Emms created an original painting and shares:
creative advocacy response was in the area of girls’ education and it took the
form of a rather large hand painted canvas. I wanted to visualise my hope
filled response to the education injustice around the world. To do this, I
places God’s world in the centre with a back ground of flags from around the
globe representing countries GB is working in but also countries GB is yet to
reach. Within the globe I drew our 5 different fellowships and collated
responses from my GB sisters worldwide on how we can raise hope for girls in
the area of education in each area through the work of GB. The injustices
differed from country to country so I made sure my response was representative
of all fellowships challenges in the area of education. For example, period
poverty, access to mental health support and lack of resources and role models
were key themes that create barriers to girls getting the education they
shares her excitement of winning the Girls’ Living Life to the Full challenge:
‘After winning the challenge and getting over the initial shock, I feel truly
overjoyed. If really believe that if we can educate one girl, we can educate a
whole generation. We can break down those barriers and bridge those gaps. And I
am SO excited to be part of a movement that is continuing to raise hope for
girls around the world.’
prize is a funded place to be part of GBI’s Delegation of Hope at the United
Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City in March
2020 or the International Conference of Girls’ Brigade (ICGB) in 2022.
Chita from GB Zambia was placed second with her poster about girls’ education.
Veronica shares: ‘My hope for girls is to insure that girls have access to
quality education around world and creating a safe learning environment for
these girls. I chose to participate in the challenge because I wanted to be a
part of fulfilling the Girls’ Brigade vision which is to ensure that girls’
lives are transformed and Gods world is enriched. I saw this challenge as a
platform and opportunity to let the world know about how true passion can bring
about change through Girls’ Brigade.’
President Priscilla Penny congratulated both Jessie, Veronica and all
participants in the challenge. Priscilla exclaimed:
are many great things about being a girl in today’s world… but unfortunately,
there can also be many challenges that girls encounter in their communities
(some simply because they are born a girl). This isn’t fair. Girls’ Brigade
believes that God wants girls to live ‘life to the full’ (John 10:10); that He
wants to use girls as hope-bringers, generation-shapers and transformers. It is
wonderful to see how God is using Jessie, Veronica, Chloe, Ebong and all
participants to make the world a more fairer and hope-filled place.’
estimated that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or
sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not
including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
is not OK.
on the day before International Day of the Girl, GB International declares its
support for the World Council of Churches’ global movement resisting attitudes
and practices that permit rape and violence and to show our solidarity for
women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence.
and girls are experiencing higher levels of violence in many countries around
the world including South Africa. Last month, South African President Mr
Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar
to those of a country at war. Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered
by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily.
Lawrence, 27, is a leader in 1st Lavistown GB in Cape Town. Natalie
shares what it is like to live in South Africa at the moment:
terrifying to know that you’re safe nowhere, because you can be attacked in the
comfort of your own home which is supposed to be your safe haven. Or you can be
raped and murdered when you go to the Post Office to collect a parcel that
you’ve been waiting very excitedly for (this actually did happen to a young
woman). At the moment, I’m not safe in my car while I go to work, or when I go
to buy bread at the shop. Being a leader in Girls’ Brigade, I am scared for my
young girls. I’m afraid that I’ll get the phone call that this time it was one
Natalie, it is so important that Girls’ Brigade member support the Thursdays in
feel the more support we can get from our GB sisters around the world, will
help us in our fight to end violence against women. It will also be a
motivation to us to keep going and to try to make a difference here to create a
better and safer South Africa for ourselves and the future women and children.’
International believes that we need to create a world which has zero tolerance
for violence against women. Please join us in supporting the Thursdays in Black
movement. On Thursdays, wear black to work, university or wherever you go to
stand in solidarity with girls and women across the world. If you’re on social
media, please consider uploading a photo of yourself using the hashtag
Find out more about the Thursdays in Black movement here.
11 October is the UN’s International Day of the Girl (IDG2019)! As part of a GB
global family, let’s celebrate and champion the value of girls across the
five creative ideas for how your GB group can celebrate the potential of girls
and advocate with and for girls around the world throughout the year!
1. Share GB International’s #iamgb film
Because of being part of the GB family, girls from across the world have shared that they feel confident, courageous, loved and accepted. What an incredibly positive message for GB to share on social media and even with your girls during your GB night! View the film here.
2. Use the Raising Hope advocacy
last year, GBI’s Advocacy Toolkit can help GB members to impact the world they
live in by transforming injustices in their own communities. The free resource
can be used by leaders to facilitate sessions with girls and young women
(10-18s). Each of the six sessions contains creative activities with a Biblical
focus including games, art, team-building, discussions and creative prayers and
explores how Girls’ Brigade members are and can be advocates of God’s hope and
life in our world today.
this resource, young people will gain an understanding that advocacy is not
just a one-off initiative or campaign – it is part of our rhythm of
discipleship with Jesus who calls us to ‘live justly’ every day.
by two of our GB Advocates in Nigeria, the Hope Endures resource will help you pray
for Nigeria and all the people affected by Boko Haram’s violence. The programme
and prayer resource can be adapted for all age groups and includes, creative
prayer stations, Sarah’s story of hope (Sarah is a GB member who was abducted
by Boko Haram in 2017 and later released), Being a girl – a creative activity
helping girls understand the challenges of girlhood in Nigeria and Girls Speak
Out – photos of GB Nigeria members and their hopes for the future
Download the free #GBHopeEndures: Prayers for Nigeria programme resource here.
4. Participate in the Thursdays
in Black campaign
estimated that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or
sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not
including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
is not OK.
on International Day of the Girl, GB International declares its support for the
World Council of Churches’ global movement resisting attitudes and practices
that permit rape and violence and to show our solidarity for women who are
resilient in the face of injustice and violence.
Find out more about the Thursdays in Black movement here.
5. Learn about the lives of GB
girls around the world
country wears fuchsia polo shirts? Which
country has over 800 languages? Which country has a section for women 55 years
and over? In which country do members
regularly attends the Queen’s Birthday Parade?
Which country has more than 20,000 members?
a huge family. We have so much in common
around the world and yet each of us is a little bit different. In our Spotlight Fact Sheets we are taking a
look at the way GB works in different countries around the world.
Girls’ Brigade is blessed with so many
young women who are passionate about transforming social injustices and turning
up the volume of hope for God’s people. We’re so inspired by their example. We hope
you are too.
Meet Nelly, 29, from Kapata GB Company in Zambia.
I have been involved in a number of
advocacy initiatives which seek to prevent early marriage in Zambia and remove
stigma from HIV/Aids patients. One of the main injustices that I am passionate
about transforming is girls missing school in Zambia simply because they are
menstruating. Because of the lack and unaffordability of sanitary pads, girls
can skip school and miss lessons three days each month. I believe that a girl
should be in school at all times regardless of whether she has her period or
not. This really challenged me to join a friend who ran a project called Girl Solidarity.
The main focus of this project was to help girls to stay in school by providing
them with school books, clothes, fees and reusable sanitary pads. At schools,
we also helped the girls by teaching them on how to make a hygiene sensitive
reusable pad and how to keep it clean.
I am currently advocating for free
sanitary pads to be given to all girls and to be put in schools for all girls
to have access to them. When girls miss school, this deprives them to the right
to achieve their ambitions and to make a difference to their community, nation
and the world at large. When you educate a women, you educate a nation.
Meet Dange, 26, from 1st Koko Company in Papua New Guinea.
For me, Girls’ Brigade is a huge part
of my life. GB has helped me accept myself the way God made me. After attending
The Gathering 2013 in Cape Town, I came back with a fire in my heart to help
girls value themselves and more so value their education.
One key social injustice that many
girls in Papua New Guinea face is access to education. Many girls are not in
school and those in school, when they don’t make it up to the next level, they
are told to remain home or get married. As much as possible when given the opportunity
I love talking to girls and sharing experiences and stories of key woman
figures who have made their mark in the world only because they valued
themselves enough and looked after their education. Through GB camps, I have
been able to equip other GB girls in advocacy skills and to encourage them to
pursue their education as it will open many doors of opportunities.
Meet Felicia, 24, from 45th Singapore Company.
GB has transformed my life by pointing
me to Christ, giving a safe space for me to grow, and allowing me to live
While I studied in UK, I became aware of the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. When I returned to Singapore, which does not take in refugees, I sought to serve another community that was often vilified and treated not as people to be empathised with but as dispensable commodities – migrant workers. Singapore hires a large number of migrant workers, mostly from Bangladesh, India and China, to do low wage manual jobs in the construction or shipping industries, or jobs considered to be less dignified, such as cleaning and death-related industries. I volunteered at Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) where I issued meal tokens to migrant workers who were not allowed to work while they were claiming compensation for injuries, unpaid salaries or undergoing investigations. This role allowed me to be the first point of contact for workers who required assistance in filing claims and other matters, by listening to their situation and directing them to the various services that TWC2 provides. I learned more about the complexities, systems and laws in place that created an environment that facilitated the abuses and constrained the workers’ ability to seek redress. Another social enterprise, Migrant X Me, conducted a learning journey for the girls in my GB company, and many of the girls shared that their eyes were opened to their assumptions and the poor working and living conditions of the workers. From that experience, a group of girls decided to advocate for migrant workers to their schoolmates, and since then, I have been mentoring them in their research and various advocacy initiatives.
Meet Loshauna, 26, from 13th St. Catherine Company in Jamaica.
I have seen a lot of injustices in my
community and in Jamaica. I see it every day when I see girls bleaching their
skins to a lighter colour. Girls do this because they think that people who
have a lighter complexion are afforded more opportunities and are considered
more beautiful. I think that it is very disheartening to see someone bleaching
their beautiful black skin given to them by God our Creator Himself. I try to
transform this injustice by encouraging the girls in my GB and my Sunday school
class to understand that we are created in God’s image. No matter what our
race, culture or complexion, God loves us unconditionally. We are all fearfully
and wonderfully made by the Creator Himself.
I was once a shy, timid and reserved
individual who joined Girls’ Brigade with big dreams and ideas on how to make a
difference in my community, but now I am a bold, fierce and motivated woman who
will chase those dreams and execute my ideas to do God’s work to the best of my
GB Europe is the part of the Girls’
Brigade family made up of England and Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Fellowship has some 44,000 members and is working in over 1,030 GB
So what has been happening in each country?
In England and Wales, the GB Support Centre has joined a crisp packet recycling scheme.
sent off a staggering 34,000 crisp packets (173.5kg) as part of the crisp
packet recycling scheme, run by Walkers, and is in the top 200 collectors in
April 2019, they’ve been collecting the crisp packets – they get money for
recycling (fundraising for their life-changing work) and the crisp packets are
cleaned and shredded to turn them into plastic pellets (social action as it’s good
for the environment). The pellets are then transformed into park benches, plant
pots, watering cans and cool bags!
Assistant Director Catherine Burt says ‘The response to this scheme has been
fantastic, with GB groups, churches, workplaces, schools and many others
remembering to save their crisp packets and send them in to us, which is great
news for the environment and for GB.’
first batch of packets raised around £44 for GB. Since then they have sent many
more and the figure now stands at £292.84.
To read more about crisp packet recycling or to find out more about the work of GB England and Wales, visit their website HERE.
Join us in praying for GBEW – Please pray for the build hope programme of work. This programme aims to help grow the number of girls attending GB either through growing new groups or support existing groups to reach more girls and young women and improve the future sustainability of GB in England and wales.
Ireland have recently been celebrating the achievements of one of their leaders.
Clara Hewston, a leader at 40th Company
Manorhamilton found a wonderful way to make the best of a period of illness, by
using her talents to help others.
One year ago when she became very ill, Clara wanted to pass
the time, so she learnt to knit. In the summer of 2018 she knitted 60 headbands
and gave them to Team Hope. Team Hope put the headbands into shoeboxes as part
of their Christmas shoebox appeal which were then distributed to children
affected by poverty around the world. As her illness continued, in summer 2019,
Clara learnt how to knit hats. Her school Principle then took the hats to
Tanzania. The hats were given to Mothers, babies & children in a local
hospital, to help them keep warm during the winter nights.
Well done Clara – what an amazing thing to do, thinking of
others even though she was ill herself!
To read the article in full or to find out more about what’s been happening in GB Ireland, visit their website HERE.
Join us in praying for GB Ireland– Pray for wisdom as they move forward that the girls always remain in the centre of GB.
Northern Ireland have been very busy with lots of fun days for their young people to help celebrate 125 years of GB.
In May over 1200 girls & Leaders joined together for a
Junior fun day at Jungle NI. Jungle NI is set within woodlands and offers a
variety of outdoor activities for groups including Segway’s, archery and climbing.
The girls also enjoyed lots of team building activities & inflatables.
In June more than 2400 Explorers & Leaders had a
brilliant day out at Belfast Zoo. They had full access to the zoo, enjoyed arts
and crafts activities, a picnic lunch and every girl received a goody bag.
At the end of August the Seniors, Brigaders & Leaders
attended an event called Generation 125. They enjoyed activities including
crystal maze type challenges, inflatables, drumming, health & fitness,
dance, workshops on relationships and mental health, food galore and most
importantly they joined together to spend time in worship.
What a great way to celebrate 125 years of GB!
To have a look at what else Northern Ireland have got planned for 2019 take a look at their website HERE.
Join us in a prayer of thanks from GBNI – Give thanks to God for the 125th year of GB, we have celebrated across the nation in a whole variety of ways. Praise God for the ways we have been able to celebrate and are continuing to celebrate for all ages and stages of GB.
GB Scotland also has exciting things happening too like Regeneration Roadshows. Why don’t you check out their website?
July to 12th July 2019 the International President’s Committee met
in the Cook Islands for their annual face to face meeting.
The agenda included
things such as strategy, mission development, ICGB 2022, Advocacy and so much
Read on to find
out more about IPC and for an overview of each day.
and what is the International President’s Committee (IPC)?
The IPC is composed of the International President and Treasurer
and an International Vice-President (IVP) representing each of the five
fellowships. It is the trustee board of Girls’ Brigade International and is
tasked with deciding strategy and ensuring good governance over the charity.
This (mainly) elected body, composed of volunteers, is also here to serve you and
support your national leadership teams. The team meets quarterly over skype as
well as one annual face to face meeting per year.
The International President’s Committee arrived in the Cook
Islands for their annual meeting. And what a beautiful welcome by Tangi and all
the other faithful leaders; fresh orchid flower garlands. The warm welcome from
GB sisters on Saturday night revived everyone after a long journey.
One thing on the agenda for the week was discussing how God’s mission of GB can help girls experience life to the full in Jesus and develop to God’s full potential. One of the highlights at the airport was seeing two young women Naomi and Mitah, who attended The Gathering 2013, become part of the Cook Islands national leadership team! Such an encouragement!
8th July – Day 1
The IPC team was ready to go in their cosy meeting room.
Today they reviewed the GBI strategic plan, evaluated the impact of attending
CSW63 (Commission on the Status of Women) and discussed new global research
reports that could help Girls’ Brigade remain relevant and vibrant. A full and
After a long productive Board meeting, they joined 4 groups from
GB Cook Islands for a fun sunset beach clean-up. IPC enjoyed spending some time
with the girls and leaders as they giggled, shared stories and looked after
Creation Care is an important passion GB International President Priscilla. How are you looking after the environment in GB? Please email us to share your stories .
July – Day 2
The International President’s Committee (IPC) had a productive
second day meeting from 8.30am to 5pm; the agenda included discussing capacity
building, resource mobilisation and advocacy with and for girls. They also
explored the importance of evaluating the needs of each Fellowship and
responding accordingly. GB International is here to serve and support each and
every Girls’ Brigade Country.
After a second day of intense meetings, it was a blessing for
the IPC to be invited to a Polynesian themed cultural evening by the GB Cook
Islands national leadership team. An opportunity to build relationships,
encourage each other, explore opportunities, have fellowship together and…
even test their dancing skills!
– Day 3
‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring
good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!’ – Isaiah Ch.52.7.
are thankful for each and every GB leader across the world who are bringing the
Good News by helping girls and women encounter Jesus. You are hope-bringers!
Today’s discussions were around finance and admin.
July – Day 4
Each morning the IPC had
devotions before their business meeting. GB prayers that were shared on
Facebook were used as part of the devotions on the Thursday.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced
either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a
non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
is not OK.
11th July for the business meeting, IPC wore black to declare its support for
the World Council of Churches’ global movement resisting attitudes and
practices that permit rape and violence and to show our solidarity for women
who are resilient in the face of injustice and
Find out more about the Thursdays in Black movement HERE.
As it was the penultimate meeting
day, the International President worked the IPC hard into the evening to ensure
they achieved the business agenda. Takeaway pizza balanced with some yummy
fresh fruit was served! It was an exciting day planning future events and
resources for GB members.
July – Day 5
Before the business meeting, IPC met Minister Mac Mokoroa from
the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs
was great to speak about the positive impact of Christian faith-based youth
organisations with him. They discussed how GB gives girls confidence and equips
them to step into leadership. He recognised that GB is equipping women for
leadership and influence and to make a difference in the wider world. Minister
Mokoroa was very excited about GBI gaining consultative status with the UN and
the fact it is taking its place on the global stage.
it be amazing to see a woman from the Cook Islands become the first female
PM… after having been invested in by GB?!? With so many amazing young women in
GB Cook Islands, we don’t think it will be long until this is a reality!
July – Final day in the Cook Islands
The IPC attended the Cook Islands
church parade and said their goodbyes. They were blessed by the warmth and love
they experienced during their stay and will cherish the memories.
Thanks to everyone who prayed for IPC and for all the lovely messages received before, during and after the meeting.
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