Girls' Brigade Worldwide News

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?

IPC 2019 – an overview

Published on September 2, 2019

From 8th 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 more.

Read on to find out more about IPC and for an overview of each day.

So who 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.

You can see the current GBI leadership team here.

6th July – Arrival day

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 productive day!

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 God’s creation.

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 .

9th 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.

Enjoying the Polynesian themed cultural evening

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!

10th July – 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.

IPC 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.

11th 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.

This is not OK.

On 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 violence.

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.

12th July – Day 5

Before the business meeting, IPC met Minister Mac Mokoroa from the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs

IPC meeting Minister Mac Mokoroa

It 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.

Wouldn’t 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!

14th 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.

Could you represent GB at the United Nations in NYC in 2020?

Published on August 30, 2019

Do you have a heart for advocacy (bringing God’s hope and light into the lives around you)?

Do you strive for justice and want to see the brokenness in the world restored? Are you passionate about making a meaningful difference?

Do you have good communication and team work skills?

After attending for the first time last year, The Girls’ Brigade International (GBI) is delighted to announce that it will be appointing a new Delegation of Hope team to represent the mission movement at the United Nation’s Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN General Assembly in New York on 5-15 March 2020 (the first week of UNCSW). The opportunity to apply is open to any Girls’ Brigade member aged 18-35. Closing deadline is 11.59pm on 30 September 2019.

What is UN Women?

Part of UN Women, CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. During the Commission’s annual two-week session in March, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. For NGOs (like The Girls’ Brigade), it is one of the only areas where there is the opportunity to interact with, and try to influence, global policy making. You can read more about IPC’s experience at the Committee on the Status of Women in 2019 here including the strategic value of GB’s involvement at the event.

What is the goals of the Delegation of Hope?

The International President’s Committee has agreed four strategic goals for the Delegation of Hope team including to inspire, to connect, to influence and to transform.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please read this information pack before applying so you can prayerfully judge whether this opportunity is right for you!

Who is eligible?

GBI are looking for team members who have a strong and growing Christian faith with a ‘Good News’ story to share, passion for advocacy and social justice, fantastic communication skills and who enjoy speaking to new people in a variety of different contexts, innovative creative skills, effective team work skills and the ability to be an excellent ambassador for The Girls’ Brigade.

Any Girls’ Brigade member who is between 18 years old (from 1 September 2019) and 35 years old (by 16 March 2020) is eligible to apply. One person from each Fellowship will be appointed to the team. As you are representing The Girls’ Brigade International, we are looking for young women who have:

  • Been a member/leader of a GB group for at least three years
  • Or if involvement in a local group has not been possible, can demonstrate that they have been involved in local or international GB projects over the last three years.

If you’re over 35, please look out for future info about how you can be involved in advocacy initiatives and campaigning in the lead up to UNCSW.

What is the application process?

There is a three part application process for GBI’s Delegation of Hope:

1.         Online application form

Please apply online here before 11.59pm on 30 September 2019. Please note your references will be sent to your national GB country for them to endorse your application.

2.         Submit a short film

In addition to the online written application form, applicants must include a short film (no more than 5 mins) answering the following questions:

a)         Why do you want to be part of the GB Delegation of Hope team?

b)         What is an injustice that God has placed on your heart and that you want to help transform?

c)         How you are currently trying to transform this injustice and raise hope for girls in this area?

d)         What is your vision for how GB can help transform the lives of girls?

The film must be submitted via email to before 11.59pm on 30 September 2019. (If the film clip is too large to attach to an email, use

3.         Online interview

Applicants who rank high in the written and online applications will be invited to participate in an online interview in mid-October.

It is anticipated that the team will be appointed by the end of October.

Any further questions?

Please email

IPC – a message from International President, Priscilla Penny

Published on June 28, 2019

Hello family,

So, it has been almost a year since we met in Zambia for ICGB 2018! How time flies.

A lot of exciting things have happened since then.

  • We launched the GB Advocacy tool kit in October 2018. I pray that you have found this a useful tool and are using it to make a difference and transform lives.
  • The Live Joyfully Resource and Prayer Calendar were launched in January 2019 and I hope this makes it easier and fun to be with the girls every week.  Check out the Resource Page on our website.  We would love your feedback.
  • GB is sitting at the table and your Delegation of Hope represented you at the Commission on the Status of Women conference (CSW63) in New York in March 2019. Watch this space and pray for doors of opportunity to open.
  • “Girls Living Life to the Full Challenge”. This is an exciting opportunity for girls to share their passion and be creative. The deadline for submissions is coming up soon. Find out more here.

So what’s next?

The International President’s Committee meets once a year to strategise for GBI and Share what is happening in the GB world in the five fellowships and in the member countries.  Did you submit your Country report to your IVP? Did you share good quality, high resolution pictures? Share your stories.

We have had three Skype meetings since November 2018.

From 8 to 14 July 2019, the IPC will be meeting in the Cook Islands. So what’s on the Agenda for the 6 Days? 

The Agenda is packed! This is the first face to face meeting since the new IPC took the reins at ICGB 2018. By the end of the meeting we should have:-

  • A Road Map for GBI for 2019 to 2022.  We listened at ICGB at some of the concerns and recommendations that came out of the Discussion groups. Our strategy will be standing on Five Pillars:
  • Capacity building
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Advocacy and campaign for social justice.
  • Sustainability initiatives (Focusing on the United Nation SDG’s)
  • Creation care
  • Plans for ICGB 2022 and the Gathering.
  • Look at budgets and policy issues.
  • We will have time to pray for GB and listen to the voice of God.
  • We will pray for each other as a team, realising that we face different challenges as leaders and as individuals.
  • We will have a time for team building
  • Discuss what our status with UN Women means and see how we can get maximum Benefit.
  • We will have time for fellowship with the Cook Island girls and officers.

We are excited! I am sure exciting things will come out of our time together.  We start travelling from 4th July, 2019 from our different locations and arrive in Auckland on 7th July and our final destination, Rarotonga, Cook Islands on 6th July. Confused? So are we! The Cook Islands are 12 hours behind New Zealand.

Please pray for:

  • Journey mercies
  • Wisdom
  • Vision
  • Good team spirit
  • The Holy Spirit to preside over the meetings
  • Good health

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Peace, Love and Joy


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