Stand up against poverty

12 October 2009

WAGGGS encourages all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to join the ‘Stand up against poverty’ campaign on World Food Day on 16 October and launch your plans for World Thinking Day 2010 to end extreme poverty and hunger.

Girl Guides Australia have already filmed and edited a Stand up video that you can watch on Youtube:

The three events (Stand Up, World Food Day and World Thinking Day) all have the same focus. The theme of World Thinking Day 2010 is girls worldwide say “together we can end extreme poverty and hunger”, which is linked to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger, part of WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT).

So use World Food Day to start planning your WTD activity, get to know about the issues and explore all the resources available to you!

Take part in the Stand Up campaign with your troop, your friends and your community by doing the following:

  • Register on by using the name WAGGGS: ‘unit/troop name’ plus individual names if you wish. You will then be able to register your event. Over 116 million people participated last year
  • Stand up on 16 October and take some small action which could be linked to World Thinking Day. You can download a full ideas list from the Stand up website:
    • Send letters to your government
    • Distribute books or other educational materials
    • Donate blood
    • Organize a free lunch for students and family at schools and educate both on the poverty and hunger campaign
  • Take a photo of your group standing up and wearing either a special T-shirt or Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting gear (e.g. a branded T-shirt or scarf).
  • Send the photo and a brief description of what you did on 16 October to

World Food Day

World Food Day 2009, which will take place on 16 October, focuses on how to achieve food security in times of crisis. With an estimated increase of 105 million hungry people in 2009, there are now 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world, meaning that almost one sixth of all humanity is suffering from hunger. On World Food Day, people can reflect on these figures and encourage economical and technical cooperation among developing and developed countries to help solve the problem.

Several events will take place to celebrate World Food Day, such as the ‘Run for food’ race in Rome on Saturday 24 October. You can find more about what you can do on the FAO website.

One of the ways you can get involved is to start the Food Security and Climate Change Badge, which was developed by WAGGGS and FAO.

Your comments

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Christine - 14 October 2009 - 6.18AM (GMT)

Great project most girls need to get involved and I am certainly going to motivate our units to intensify efforts. MGD target 1 has been launched in two areas in Kenya.

مرشدات فاطمة بنت الوليد - 16 October 2009 - 4.32PM (GMT)

كالمعتاد لم تتخلف مرشدات ثانوية فاطمة بنت الوليد عن المساهمة في انجاح هذا العمل فلقد قامت بشراء طعام وتوزيعه على الفقراء تضامنا مع الشعار "معا يمكننا الفضاء على الفقر المدقع والجوع

Maria Cecilia Basconcillo - 18 October 2009 - 7.37AM (GMT)

I'm a Troop Leader from Culiat High School, Philippines. Last October 14, 2009, I participated in the distribution of relief goods to victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy in Manila) who are the families of our students and for them, I donated two kilos of rice and 11 cans of sardines and 4 cans of tuna. I also donated 8 packs of noodles to the relief operations conducted by McDonalds Philippines and one television network here, ABS-CBN's Sagip Pamilya.

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