Girl Scouts Uses Stand Beside Her To Achieve G.I.R.L. Agenda

Girl Scouts Uses Stand Beside Her To Achieve G.I.R.L. Agenda
The Stand Beside Her Movement as a change agent is proud to be in harmony with the newly released G.I.R.L. Agenda powered by Girl Scouts. Just like this nonpartisan initiative, we believe in the power of girls to inspire, prepare, and through the support of other girls, lead positive change through civic action. It is through girls and women that change can take place to strengthen communities and the world.
Civic action is all about working to make a difference for the common good, a world where all women and girls are appreciated for their talent, strengths, and uniqueness. Women are an untapped reservoir of talent in every community and when it comes to improving society, it is our responsibility to mentor, support, and develop women and girls. “When you educate a man, you educate an individual. When you educate a woman, you educate a generation.” – African Proverb.
Advocate for positive change in your community.
Through Stand Beside Her, some cities like Stand Beside Her Memphis have brought women and girl serving organizations all to the table to form a collaboration of organizations to serve their community. By working strategically, they will be able to tackle key issues that disproportionately affect girls and women.
Call or meet with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues.
Through a press conference, Stand Beside Her Memphis recently rallied the support of Mayor Jim Strickland behind their collaborative efforts. Encourage your public officials to Stand Beside Her. Inform them of the issues facing girls and women in your community.
Stand up against everyday injustices.
Through our patch program, Stand Beside Her encourages girls from an early age to make friends, support one another, and end comparison and competition and combat bullying. Teach your girls to “Stand Beside Her” and you’ll be teaching them to make the world a better place! In women, we encourage a positive use of words around girls by monitoring comments about themselves, daughters, and other women. Children are always watching. Show them how to build others up, not tear them down.
Avoid negative terms. Why is a girl bossy, but a boy is ambitious? Shouldn’t a girl throw like a girl? Avoid words and terms that stereotype girls and women as less than a male. By women standing together to end comparison and competition through Stand Beside Her we can change the culture and language used that negatively impacts girls and women. By changing the stereotypes, we can change the world.
Challenge unfair policies and engage in letter-writing campaigns to advocate for change.
The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote! Use it and your voice. Research before you vote so you are informed where candidates stand on important issues facing women and girls such as equal pay, human trafficking, sexual assault, and many more.
Be a champion for others.
Create a culture of support. Encourage female senior staff employees to go have coffee or lunch with a junior staff member. Invite new hires to shadow senior employees on projects and in committees. Having female mentors is especially important to young women as they navigate the unique challenges of becoming a successful, thriving woman in both their professional and personal lives. Stand Beside Her challenges all women in the workplace to mentor other women and begin women initiatives within the workplace.
Mobilize communities to donate or volunteer for causes.
Volunteer or donate to nonprofits that work on improving the lives of women and girls. Take action with female organizations that make a difference in their communities. Form collaborations with other organizations like Stand Beside Her Memphis. With more organizations at the table, the coalition is strengthened in value and expertise. Through shared resources, the potential for impact is more substantial for girls and women in community.
Support the G.I.R.L. Agenda and make the choice to Stand Beside Her not only during Stand Beside Her Week October 29-November 4th but every week! For more information, visit http://www.girlscoutshs.org/en/events/stand-behind-her-movement.html

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