A message from The World Association on the passing of Nelson Mandela

6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts would like to express our condolences and contribute our voice to the thousands around the world paying tribute to a great leader and advocate for peace, Nelson Mandela.

In 1996 Nelson Mandela was chosen as the first recipient of the World Citizen Award, presented by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. He received the award for his extraordinary courage and commitment to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies after 1948.

During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela’s reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.

Nelson Mandela was released on February 18, 1990. After his release, he plunged himself wholeheartedly into his life’s work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, Mandela was elected President of the ANC. He was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa on 10 May 1994.

Nelson Mandela accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 as an accolade to all people who have worked for peace and stood against racism. Nelson Mandela retired from Public life in June 1999, where he moved back to his birth place - Qunu, Transkei.

Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013, at the age of 95.

Nelson Mandela embodied many of the values that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting practises. He is an inspiration for the movement, and young people everywhere.

Thank you, Madiba, for the contribution you made to the world. You will be forever missed and never forgotten.