Girls' Brigade Worldwide News

World Environment Day

Published on February 12, 2020

Friday 5th June 2020

This year, Girls’ Brigade International has put together some ideas on how we, as GB, can support World Environment Day. These activities can be run within your GB Companies to help look after our environment and to help raise money for Girls’ Brigade International.
We have also created a prayer resource that links with the challenges.

Using the resources below, choose one of the challenges (or something else that would suit your Country) and make a start.

We will be running a competition for the Best Conservation Story or Presentation that the girls have participated in. Further details will be available soon.
When the fundraiser is completed please send the funds you raised to your National Office, who will forward the funds onto the Fellowship and on to GB International.
Money raised from this activity will be for the GiveAGirlAHope Fund.

International day for the elimination of violence against women and girls

Published on December 24, 2019

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.

Girls & Young women from 11th Company, Zimbabwe

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.

Meet the GBI’s Delegation of Hope team to the UN

Published on December 11, 2019

In 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.

The 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.’

More information about GBI’s Delegation of Hope team will be released soon but we’d love to introduce you to our fantastic team.

Ruth Utulu, 31, from Abakaliki.

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.

Hannah Morpeth, 25 from North East England

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.

Ronnell Roberts-Reid, 27, from Trinidad & Tobago

Meet Ronnell Roberts-Reid, 27, from Trinidad & Tobago. She has been a member of GB for 20 years and belongs to 19th Trinidad Company.

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.

Cindy Chow Li Teen, 30 from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

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.

Caitlyn Robinson, 18, from Brisbane, Australia

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 Friday.

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 team members.

Jessie Emms, 22, from England

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.

The Girls’ Brigade International and other Religious Actors Call for Human Rights to be Upheld.

Published on December 9, 2019

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 rights.

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:

“Our 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 transformational action.

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.

An Advent message from International President, Priscilla Penny

Published on December 6, 2019

To my GB family all around the world,

Season’s Greetings

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” 

So let’s not forget the reason for this holiday season…JESUS.



Girls’ Living Life to the Full challenge winners announced!

Published on October 10, 2019

Girls’ Brigade International (GBI) is delighted to announce the winners of the Girls’ Living Life to the Full challenge.

18-25 category winner: Jessie Emms from Girls’ Brigade England & Wales

2nd place to Veronica Chita from Girls’ Brigade Zambia.

13-17 category winner: Chloe Treagus from Girls’ Brigade Scotland

2nd place to Precious Ebong from Girls’ Brigade Nigeria.

Reflecting 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.

Prize winner Jessie Emms created an original painting and shares:

‘My 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 deserve.’

Jessie 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.’

Jessie’s 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.

Veronica 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.’

International President Priscilla Penny congratulated both Jessie, Veronica and all participants in the challenge. Priscilla exclaimed:

‘There 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.’

Why we’re supporting the #ThursdaysinBlack campaign

Published on October 9, 2019

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.

This is not OK.

Today 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.

Women 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.

Natalie, 27, 1st Lavistown GB

Natalie 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:

‘It’s 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 of them…’

For Natalie, it is so important that Girls’ Brigade member support the Thursdays in Black movement.

‘I 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.’

GB 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 #ThursdaysinBlack.

Find out more about the Thursdays in Black movement here.

Priscilla and the IVP’s supporting #ThursdaysinBlack

Five ways to advocate with and for girls in your GB group!

Published on October 9, 2019

Friday 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 world.

Here’s 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 toolkit

Launched 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.

Through 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.

You can download the resource for free here.

3. #HopeEndures: Prayers for Nigeria resource

Written 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

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.

This is not OK.

Today 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

Which 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?

GBI is 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.

Download our activity sheets for free here.

Meet Girls’ Brigade Advocates from around the world…

Published on October 9, 2019

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.

Nelly, 29, from Kapata GB Company in Zambia

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.

Dange, 26, from 1st Koko Company in Papua New Guinea

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.

Felicia, 24, from 45th Singapore Company

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 purposefully.

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.

Loshauna, 26, from 13th St. Catherine Company in Jamaica

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 ability.

A flavour of what’s been happening in GB Europe

Published on September 4, 2019

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 groups/companies.

So what has been happening in each country?

Jessie Emms, GB leader, loves the crisp packet recycling scheme!

In England and Wales, the GB Support Centre has joined a crisp packet recycling scheme.

GB has 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 the country.

Since 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!

GBM’s 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.’

The 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.

Clara Hewston, GB leader, shows a selection of the hats she has knitted

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.

Zorbing at the Junior fun day

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.

Scotland’s new ‘Gracie Bee’ logo, helping with recruitment.

GB Scotland also has exciting things happening too like Regeneration Roadshows. Why don’t you check out their website?

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