World Refugee Day

20 June 2017 is World Refugee Day. Whether we meet in a school, in a community centre, or in a refugee camp, we are all part of a sisterhood - #OneMovement - that supports each other and believes in a brighter, better world for all young people.

We are currently facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. 4.6 million people have been forcibly displaced from Syria alone, and millions more have fled conflicts in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

As a global Movement in more than 146 countries, conflict is a daily reality for many Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  On World Refugee Day, and every day, we must stand together as #OneMovement driven by the same vision – to see a world where every girl can reach her potential, speak out and make change. 

Children in the IDP camp - Nigeria

Where possible, my group and I visited internally displaced people (IDPs) in Jos, Abuja... As Girl Guides, we want to support these young people and bring hope and light to an otherwise dark situation.

Joyce Sambo, 21, Nigeria

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has always been about citizenship, service to others, and international solidarity and friendship. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been putting these values into action, doing wonderful work to support refugees in their communities.

To mark World Refugee Day 2017, we want to showcase this work and the positive contribution that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are making around the world. In doing so, we want to inspire others – both inside and outside our Movement – to do more to help refugee communities.

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Our World Refugee Toolkit is still available to download!

Download the 2016 World Refugee Toolkit and learn about life for refugees and what you can do to help.  

Olympia from Greece

I’ve seen so many people deprived of the basics, hopeless and desperate to survive. The situation is more difficult for girls. Many of them arrive alone, without a family, leaving them vulnerable to potential abuse and sexual violence.

Olympia Tsamasfyra, Greece
Share Your Story

The World Refugee Toolkit provides just a few ideas to help you start thinking what you could do on World Refugee Day, and throughout the year, to support refugees. Whatever you choose to do, let us know! Take a photo of your Guides or Girl Scouts in action supporting refugees. 

Show the world the strength of our our global Movement by sharing your photo using #OneMovement on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

We look forward to hearing from you about how you are helping refugees wherever you are and to sharing your stories with our global community.

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