Trinidad & Tobago: “Mighty, Mighty Girl Guides” Rock International Women’s Day Celebrations 2014
24 March 2014
“It was the Girl Guides who rocked the International Women’s Day march, held on March 8 in Arima,” said Gabrielle Hosein in her weekly column for the Guardian - one of Trinidad and Tobago’s daily newspapers.
“Under midday sun, these young women carried us forward on their songs,” she added.
She might have recalled this one...
“ Everywhere we goo-ooh x2, People always ask us x2, Who we aaa-are x2, So we tell them x2, We are the Girl Guides x2, Mighty Mighty Girl Guides x2”.
Later during the march, to make it more inclusive they changed “ Mighty Mighty Girl Guides” to “Mighty Mighty Wooo-men.”
Along the way and at our booth we discovered women who were brownies or guides as children and others who were so delighted by the presence of the girl guides that they enquired about getting their daughters involved.
The International Women’s Day Celebration 2014 was held in the dynamic town of Arima, East Trinidad. Usually held on the Brian Lara Promenade in Port-of-Spain, the organisers of the annual celebration - The Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women officially endorsed the move to have the event held in Arima. The lead organisers this year were the National Union of Domestic Employees and the Joint Trade Union Movement.
The Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago, a member of the Network of NGOs traditionally participates in the event and decided to participate this year with a focus on visibility and recruitment.
And indeed, from beginning to end the girls and guiders represented the association well!
Lisa Wilson, Assistant International Commissioner delivered a passionate contribution during the “Speak Out” session. She reminded the audience of the significance of the association. “Girl Guides is adventure and fun” she said. It instills in girls “values” and a feeling of “belonging” and “self-esteem”. Girls and young women don’t have to wait for hand-outs, she explained, we can take initiative... “girls can lead,” she said.
She further called on all girls and women to see value in themselves, their beauty, their abilities and their intelligence.
Hannah James, a Ranger Guide from 12th Port-of-Spain, said she really enjoyed the energy and vibes during the walk. “It was an enjoyable experience”, she said. “The spoken word (poetry performance) was eye opening”, she added.
“The booths were very informative”, young Bernice Antoine said. And when asked what one message she will take away from the various speakers, she said “to love myself”.
Nikki Johnson, our Communications Commissioner, served as photographer and the MC for the Speak Out session.
One thing is for certain, even if participants forget the messages of the various speakers or they lose the leaflets and brochures distributed by organizations, they will not forget any time soon the unfailing tenacity and youthful vibrancy of the “Mighty Mighty Girl Guides”.
12th Port-of-Spain Senior Guides and Rangers:
- Bernice Antoine
- Ayolla Samuel
- Abiah Smith
- Hannah James
- Nicolett Greenidge
- Bernadette Antoine
- Angel Alexander
- Cheola Dennis
- Helena Stoute- Joseph- West Port-of-Spain Division Commissioner
- Lynette Audain- Guider- 1st Pembroke/Abercromby Senior Guides
- Lisa Wilson - Assistant International Commissioner
- Nicole Johnson- Communications Commissioner
Some of the other organisations present were the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, the Anjuman Ladies, the HIV/AIDs Unit of the Ministry of Labour, the Rape Crisis Society, the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and the Victims and Witness Support Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Sunday 16 March, 2014
Please find here the photos of the event ( Official Facebook's page of the Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago)
Kindly visit our website also at www.girlguidestt.org.