Girls' Brigade Worldwide News

Girls’ Brigade raises hope for girls at UNCSW65

Published on April 28, 2021

Last month, five GB members from across the world represented Girls’ Brigade International at the virtual UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, the largest gathering of gender justice activists in the world.

The Delegation of Hope team – Caitlyn Robinson from GB Australia, Jessie Emms and Hannah Morpeth from GB England & Wales, Nelly Banda from GB Zambia and Ruth Utulu from GB Nigeria – attended a number of workshops, equipping sessions and conversation circles focused on issues impacting girls around the world.

On Thursday 18 March, the team led its own equipping webinar on the NGOCSW virtual platform. ‘She Speaks: Young Women on Faith, Social Justice and Transformational Acts’ was created and led by GB’s Delegation of Hope and explored issues like girls’ access to education, ending violence against women, gender-specific religious persecution and mental health and well-being. It included drama, spoken word monologues as well as interviews with people of expertise.

You can watch the equipping webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1D_lxEJ7RM&t=478s

The webinar was the result of many months of research, planning and networking and it was supported by partners like Open Doors International, Christian Aid and the Women’s Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. It included expert input from Bishop Sarah Mullally from the Diocese of London, Chine McDonald from Christian Aid, Helene Fisher from Open Doors International and Christine MacMillan who is an advisor on the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council.

As a faith-based organization, one of the team’s goals was to demonstrate how Christian movements like Girls’ Brigade can make a positive impact on improving girls’ opportunities and self-esteem.

Team member Jessie explains: ‘I think Girls’ Brigade’s presence at UNCSW has made a big difference because we were able to show people why faith-based organisations are so important in achieving gender justice. We’ve helped turn up the volume of hope in this crucial area. Religion plays a key role in the lives of many people around the world with 84% of the world population associating with a faith. So, faith leaders are often an important and influential factor in many people’s lives. They’re trusted members of the community and can be agents for change. When people experience an injustice such as gender-based violence, it’s often faith-based organisations like the Girls’ Brigade who are the “first responders”. Our presence was very much needed and will make a difference.’

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Empowering the next generation of GB leaders

Published on April 28, 2021

Join with Ruth Chikasa, GB International’s Ambassadorial Patron and former GB International President, to explore how we can empower the next generation of GB leaders.

Saturday 26 June 2021, 0700-0830 & 1300-1430 (BST, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here

(be aware we are now on BST not GMT)

You can book online here: https://forms.gle/HutAc7HcQw4josCb8  

Booking will close on Wednesday 23 June at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led by Ruth Chikasa.

Ruth brings great passion for the inclusion of young people in mission today and tomorrow.  Having started her journey in the Girls’ Brigade at a tender age of 5 in a small town called Chingola in Zambia, Ruth has not looked back since then, rising through the ranks of GB and holding various leadership roles including that of National, Africa Fellowship and International president portfolios. Currently, Ruth is serving as Ambassadorial Patron for GB International. In all her time of service as leader, Ruth believes passionately in the potential of young people and that the leadership of today, should and must tease out and develop that potential for the benefit of the organization as well as the community. In this vein, she believes that leadership development of the next generation of leaders begins with the participation of young people in programme development and their eventual inclusion in GB management.

Ruth brings vast experience of leadership and management from her work as Country Director for Foundation for Better Health, a community-based organization working to bring safe motherhood practices as well as water and sanitation health in the disadvantaged communities in Zambia.  In addition, her position as Regional Director for The Dreyfus Health Foundation, has further sharpened her leadership and management capacity to harness, train and mentor future leaders.  All in all, Ruth believes in having a central mission and ethos “Prepare our young people today for a better world tomorrow”. Ruth lives in Lusaka, Zambia with her husband Abraham.

The webinar will explore the following questions:

  • What does empowering the next generation of GB leaders mean?
  • Why is succession planning important and Biblical?
  • Why do some people finding passing on the baton of leadership challenging?
  • What are the benefits of inter-generational leaders?
  • How can we provide space for younger leaders to grow and flourish in GB?
  • What are some practical steps that GB leaders can take at local, national and international level?

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of online equipping webinars for GB leaders and officers which will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Each webinar will be led by expert facilitators inside and outside the GB family and are free for GB leaders. The 90 min webinar will be held by Zoom and accessible to GB leaders to join live online.

Please note that spaces on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served space. Please only book if you’re able to attend.

If you’re a registered GB leader/officer, you can book online for this webinar here: https://forms.gle/HutAc7HcQw4josCb8

Please note the different time zones below:

On the day, please ensure that you’re logged into the Zoom call ready for the meeting to begin about 5-10 minutes before. Zoom is a really easy piece of software to use. Here is how you can download the software to your computer in advance. It’s best to use it with a laptop with a webcam. We’d love to ‘see’ you!

Please contact girlsbrigadeworldwide@gmail.com if you have any problems.

The story of our Salvation and a Message of Hope

Published on March 29, 2021

As the world celebrates Holy Week and Easter 2021, The Girls Brigade Worldwide and our Fellowships around the globe, are joining in from local communities that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean. During this strange time, as countries seek to overcome the Covid19 Pandemic with vaccination programs, many celebrations will be online, rather than face to face, but in all of this we seek as GB Worldwide to share our stories of salvation and the message of hope, Christ brings – both in word and deed.

A heartfelt Thank you to all our GB Worldwide Leaders and Volunteers who have stepped up to the challenge., supporting and nurturing the girls in your groups. In 2021 our theme ‘Fruitful and Overflowing…. Be Faithful’ is even more important as we engage with the Easter Message. The Risen Christ brings us hope and equips us to be faithful and fruitful in all we do.

The theme of God’s plan of Salvation, runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. At its heart is Calvary, the place where Jesus died so we could be forgiven. As we read the Scriptures, we see that the Cross symbolises . . .

  • Salvation: Jesus died a painful death on the cross and He carried the burden so we could be reconciled to God and receive eternal life.
  • Sacrifice: Christ, who was “in very nature God” (Philippians 2:6 NIV), chose to leave the perfection of heaven and live among sinful people and lay aside His divine authority. During His public ministry, He faithfully carried out God’s plan all the way to His death on the cross. Jesus’ days on earth are an example to us of the sacrificial life. (Romans 12:1–2).
  • Service: Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Christ’s supreme act of service was dying on the cross so we might have eternal life. Our Saviour calls us to deny ourselves and follow Him through sacrificial service to others (Luke 9:23). As we embrace a lifestyle of humility and servant hood, we will bring glory to our heavenly Father.

I know that most of us in GB Worldwide are still facing restrictions in our movements/gatherings, and some as mentioned above, still cannot meet face to face as we used to in our GB groups.  This can be frustrating, we are fatigued, and we miss each other.  But we trust as we wait, that God will strengthen us, enable us to be creative and know that the Risen Christ gazes on us all with love as we seek to serve and follow Him.

We thank God that through technology, we have been able to keep connected, and in fact offer more opportunities to link up for training conferences and recently be represented virtually at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the USA. Thank you again to everyone who has been able to adapt their leadership style & motivate volunteers. We pray that as vaccines are now becoming available, to help in the fight against COVID19 that soon life will resume to some sort of normality before too long.

I encourage you all to keep engaging with the theme “Fruitful and Overflowing…. Be Faithful” in 2021, that at the heart of all you do, you will have faithfulness in God’s kingdom, found in a life of loving obedience and service, despite our circumstances, and reap the joy of seeing the fruit that emerges in GB Groups around the world, and in girls lives. 

God’s plan and message of Salvation gives us hope, He has conquered death. The Salvation story would not have been complete without the Resurrection, and His Resurrection gives us hope for a new life in Him.

As we celebrate Easter, let us remain faithful and help spread the Gospel of Hope. 

HAPPY EASTER!

Peace, Love and Joy… stay safe.

Priscilla.

International President.

International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021

Published on March 7, 2021

My name is Selina Phiri from Zambia, I am a Lieut. officer in The Girl’s Brigade and I am 30 years old. My passion for things range from self-care and being mindful of the people around and the environment that I am in. I also find passion in being confident in my own decisions and above all being true to myself, because there is no greater peace than that, which comes from being truthful to yourself. Helping others find their passion by speaking life into them and helping them rediscover the potential, make them feel good about themselves and everything around them also lend a helping hand where I can. I love singing, travelling, reading, cooking and watching movies. Last but not the list, the life of a girl child her wellbeing, future, dreams and her safety are my first priority.

“In the middle of the night she wakes up to pray so bitterly and so softly,
She prays for her children, she prays for their education
Then she prays for the man that leaves her with her children
We, praise heroes everyday, But they are those that we forget
“THE WOMEN OF THIS WORLD”
They do not run from anything, they stand and fight for what is right, even when times are hard, they are so cool, calm and collected, GOD BLESS THE WOMEN!


We have heard since time in memorial, International Women’s Day (IWD) falls on 8th March of every year and we know that, they are plenty ways to embrace the day, from supporting women-owned businesses, to exchanging International Women’s Day flowers and messages. But the question remains what are the fundamental International Women’s Day facts, and the history behind it? The answers to both are fascinating.


According to the United Nations, International Women’s Day (IWD) started in 1909 to honor garment workers who had protested against inhumane working conditions the year before. In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women’s Day on March 19, were more than one million people attended rallies which focused on suffrage, representation, education, and workers’ rights. It wasn’t until March 8, 1975, when the United Nations celebrated it as an official holiday. Since then, the day has gained awareness around the globe as a way to recognize women, Raising Awareness and support for organizations that help women and girls globally and also inspire people to act in accordance with the ongoing fight for gender equality and celebrate women’s contributions to society which is selflessness, love, hard-work, and sacrifice.


This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, under the main theme which is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” This highlights the importance of challenging biases and mistaken beliefs in the interest of creating a more inclusive and equal gender world in celebrating efforts from girls and women in order
to create a more equal future.


Furthermore, the theme this year has been aligned with the priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is “Women’s full and effective participation in decision making in public life as well as eliminating violence to achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. This calls for women’s right to decision making in all areas of life, such as equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work in order to end all forms of violence against women and girls.


As most women stand on the front line of the COVID-19, the crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the inconsistent burdens that they carry.
Women leaders and women’s organizations such as Girls brigade Worldwide has demonstrated skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in the world despite the pandemic. There has been more acceptance than ever, that women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table.


In order to uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women leadership in a diverse world where society has unfairly labelled a woman/girl to be a weaker vessel and that her place is the kitchen and her role is to be a submissive wife to her husband and bear him children and that she can’t amount to much, there is need to effectively involve women in all sectors of decision making and strategic planning, because when you EDUCATE A WOMAN, you educate the WORLD! CLEARELY, all the
diversity must integrate to formulate and implement policies and programmes that will fully involve women participation in all aspects and stages of life.


Furthermore, All thanks to the United Nations for the initiative of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is to empower and promote women’s rights and lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on gender equality. To follow up to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development so as to accelerate the realization of
gender equality and empowerment of women as we focus on this year’s priority Theme which is “Women’s Full and effective participation in decision making in public life as well as the elimination of violence to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all
women and girls”.


As we celebrate IWD, we continue to remain relevant and positive to take up leadership roles in a world that is diverse and challenging. Choosing to reaffirm and strengthen commitment to the empowerment of women and girls and their rights to ensure high level engagement and the visibility of the deliberations which are;
 To engage in discussions on gender equality and identifying goals, achievements
and efforts to close gaps and meet challenges in order to emerge victorious.
 To consider the priority theme for the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
 To focus on issues, trends and approaches to questions affecting women and
girls.
 To agree on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Finally, educate and empower a woman so she can speed the growth of a nation, do not restrict her growth, do not put her life at stake because she creates life and accord her, her much deserved respect and protection.


Happy International Women’s Day, Stay Blessed Virtuous Woman, you are strong and you are Loved.

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – How to use social media effectively in GB.

Published on February 17, 2021

Join with Thio Lay Hoon, former executive director of GB Singapore, to explore how we can social media more effectively in Girls’ Brigade.

Saturday 10 April 2021, 0700-0830 & 1300-1430 (BST, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here

(be aware we are now on BST not GMT)

You can book online here.

Booking will close on Wednesday 7 April at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led Lay Hoon from GB Singapore.  

Lay Hoon started her career in publishing in the 1990s and went on to marketing communications in an IT company. She is currently in International Relations in an Institution of Higher Learning. Lay Hoon joined the Girls’ Brigade in 1976 and became an officer some 30 years ago and is currently serving as Secretary on the GB Singapore Executive Board. She was Executive Director in the GB Singapore Office from 2006 – 2010.

The webinar will explore the following questions:

  • What are the different forms of social media?
  • What are the positive uses of social media?
  • How can we use social media effectively in GB to communication and build community?
  • What are some of the pitfalls to be aware of?

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of online equipping webinars for GB leaders and officers which will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Each webinar will be led by expert facilitators inside and outside the GB family and are free for GB leaders. The 90 min webinar will be held by Zoom and accessible to GB leaders to join live online.

Please note that spaces on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served space. Please only book if you’re able to attend.

If you’re a registered GB leader/officer, you can book online for this webinar here.

On the day, please ensure that you’re logged into the Zoom call ready for the meeting to begin about 5-10 minutes before. Zoom is a really easy piece of software to use. Here is how you can download the software to your computer in advance. It’s best to use it with a laptop with a webcam. We’d love to ‘see’ you!

Please contact girlsbrigadeworldwide@gmail.com if you have any problems.

She Speaks – Young Women on Faith, Justice and Transformational Acts

Published on February 17, 2021

Thursday 18 March, 1300-1430 GMT

On the NGO CSW65 virtual platform

(you must register here if you’re planning to attend).

Using spoken word, drama and presentations, young women from Australia, Nigeria, UK and Zambia will share how they are overcoming injustices by advocating to shatter mental health stigma, improve girls’ access to education, end gender-based violence and eradicate gender-specific persecution. Through mentoring and equipping facilitated by Girls’ Brigade, these women are making transformational change locally and globally demonstrating how engaging young women of faith is critical in ensuring the successful implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gender justice. Join us for an exciting and dynamic conversation!

The team will also be joined by Nelly Banda (Zambia) who is an accountant and she is a trained mentor for adolescent girls and an advocate for girls and women through Girls’ Brigade. Nelly is to ending violence committed against women.

Nelly Banda

The session will close with a panel discussion at the end on why engaging with faith-based organisation on the issue of gender justice is important. Contributors include:

Please support the team with your prayers and by registering to join the session live: https://forms.gle/DFBwyq1u1kcvRMv1A

BE A GB ADVOCATE AT NGO CSW65

Published on February 17, 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be register as a GB Advocate and participate in the virtual NGO CSW65 parallel event programme from Monday 15 – 26 March 2021.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the largest global gathering of gender justice activists in the world with two virtual programmes operating simultaneously. This year, NGO CSW is hosting over 650 events online – these workshops and sessions are hosted by NGOs and organisations across the world – including GB International. The sessions are running at all times of the day and night so there will be slots to suit everyone. You don’t need to attend every session – just pick and choose.

REGISTRATION IS IMPORTANT

In order to attend any of these FREE events (including GB’s session), you must register FREE on the NGO CSW platform. Registering with GB first enables us to see who is attending and support you. We’ll forward you the link.

ATTENDING GB’S SESSION

Please note: NGO CSW have told us that you must register even if you’re only planning to attend the GBI’s session on Thursday 18 March at 1300-1430 GMT. Our session is called ‘She Speaks: Young Women on Faith, Social Justice and Transformational Acts’ and will be led by our Delegation of Hope 18-30s team. The team are exploring four key issues facing girls and young women including girls’ access to education, gender-based violence, mental health and gender specific persecution. These are issues which they are passionate about and they’re also doing it in creative ways including drama, videos and spoken word pieces. There will be a panel discussion on why it is important to engage with faith based actors on the issue of gender justice at the end with Chine McDonald from Christian Aid, Christine MacMillan from WEA and hopefully Bishop Sarah Mullaly from the Anglican Communion. Please do support the team with your prayers and attendance.  Registering will be the only way to access this session as there will be no independent zoom link available.

FREE BRIEFING SESSION

We realise that many people do not know what CSW is, how it works and why it is important for GB to be participating in it! That’s why GB International is hosting a short briefing on Saturday 27 February at 1300-1430 GMT. This will be led by Dr Claire Rush, IVP Europe and Team Leader of the Delegation of Hope. She will share some more info about CSW and how you can get the most out of the experience. There will be a Q&A time as well. A recording may be available depending on technology!

Please register here.

Any questions? Email girlsbrigadeworldwide@gmail.com

https://forms.gle/4MM8FatKMApFchw59

Gender and Congregational Life Survey

Published on February 10, 2021

Do you have a spare 10-15 mins? Then take part in this new global survey exploring where are the women in world Christianity and what are their contributions to congregational life.  

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological College is currently engaged in a two-year research project on Women in World Christianity. 

· What percentage of world Christianity is female? 

· What is the gender makeup of the world’s largest Christian traditions? 

· Are there continental and regional variations related to gender in Christianity? 

· Do different Christian traditions treat women differently? 

This ground breaking research exists to fill a gap: there actually exists very little quantitative data on women in Christianity—the world’s largest religion. Furthermore, little is known about women’s roles in the church, particularly regarding leadership. 

You can find more information here

And women and men can participate in the survey here

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Working with children and young people with additional needs.

Published on January 13, 2021

Join with Mark Arnold, an additional needs specialist, to explore how we can support children and young people with additional needs. Together you will learn how we can ensure that GB continues to be a hope-filled and safe environment for young people to navigate this challenging time.

Saturday 6 February 2021, 1300-1430 (GMT, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here

(be aware we are now on GMT not BST)

You can book online here

Booking will close on Wednesday 2 February at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led Mark Arnold:

Mark Arnold is the Additional Needs Ministry Director at leading national Christian children’s and youth organisation Urban Saints and is Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, a vibrant and fast-growing online community.  He is an enthusiastic national and international advocate for children and young people with additional (special) needs or disabilities and is passionate about enabling everyone engaging with them to be inspired, trained and well resourced.  Mark is Executive Officer for Churches for All and is a Living Fully Network partner, a member of the Council for Disabled Children and the European Disability Network, and writes a monthly additional needs column for Premier Youth and Children’s Work (YCW) magazine.  He blogs as the national award winning ‘The Additional Needs Blogfather’, and is father to James who is Autistic and has associated Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy.


To find out more about how Mark and his work can help you, contact him at:
marnold@urbansaints.org or @Mark_J_Arnold

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of online equipping webinars for GB leaders and officers which will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Each webinar will be led by expert facilitators inside and outside the GB family and are free for GB leaders. The 90 min webinar will be held by Zoom and accessible to GB leaders to join live online.

Please note that spaces on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served space. Please only book if you’re able to attend.

If you’re a registered GB leader/officer, you can book online for this webinar here.

On the day, please ensure that you’re logged into the Zoom call ready for the meeting to begin about 5-10 minutes before. Zoom is a really easy piece of software to use. Here is how you can download the software to your computer in advance. It’s best to use it with a laptop with a webcam. We’d love to ‘see’ you!

Please contact Girls Brigade International if you have any problems.

Please note that we realise that the date and time may not be convenient for some Fellowships and we will be releasing the recording in due course.

Remaining Faithful in Challenging Times

Published on January 6, 2021

Start the year with your GB International family.

Join us for a shared time of prayer and exhortation to launch our theme for 2021.

30 January 2021

7am to 8.30am GMT or 1pm to 2.30pm GMT

Open to all GB members worldwide.

Come in your GB T-Shirts!

Sign up here : https://forms.gle/hWqMbYmQ2PFKy3n37

Registration closes 27 January 2021

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