The meeting of the first week of March each year is a great excuse for the Ladybird and Brownie Guides in Merlin Woods, Galway, to put on their best singing voices and sing Coccinella’s favourite song, ‘Can a Woman….’. Unfortunately, the words are always a bit of a challenge so this year we typed them up in very BOLD print (pardon the pun) and sang them louder than ever!
The call for action for this year’s International Women’s Day is one which asks each one of us to #BeBoldForChange. Imagine the
As this calendar event follows closely after our World Thinking Day themes, it was easier to re-visit our chats on how lucky we are here to have the opportunity to go to nice schools, and then go on to universities or colleges if they want to. The Ladybirds loved the words of ‘Can a Woman’ and in the words of Sinead (age five), when asked later what she’d like to be or do when she grows up: ‘fly a plane, drive a truck, be a plumber, be a firefighter, do anything, Ohh Ohh and a baby minder’!
When we passed on some of the International Women’s Day information, like how if things continue as they are now, it will be 170 years (2186) before the gender gap is closed entirely (according to the World Economic Forum), they were almost disbelieving. Rachel (8) told us that it made her very sad that in some countries girls had to stay at home and tend to the housework and farm while the boys were
All the Brownies contributed to our #BeBoldForChange posters with their wishes on yellow stickies for their futures. And the girls photographed each other with their selfie posters on how they might make a change.
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
~ Sheenagh MacLaverty, Merlin Woods Ladybirds & Brownies, Galway