Further to a number of posts documenting developments in the world of Girlguiding, see the creation of a new ‘Breaking Barriers’badge.
Earning the Girlguiding “Breaking Barriers” badge, aimed at girls aged 10 to 14, teaches Guides about the limitations women and girls face around the world and to look at hardhitting issues such as forced marriage, poor healthcare and gender equality.
Asked if they saw the Guides as a feminist organisation, there was little hesitation among the group of Guides. “I feel quite passionate about feminism, because it really makes me think I can help as well in different situations,” said 14-year-old Deborah Miller.
Girlguiding’s chief, Guide Gill Slocombe, insisted that despite the stereotype, it had always been a revolutionary organisation.
“The Guides have always been at the cutting edge of enabling girls to do whatever they want,” she said. “From the very start girls were encouraged to swim, to cycle – things that weren’t considered fit things for girls to do at that time.”
She laughed off the suggestion that the Guides were in danger of being labelled a radical feminist organisation, but added: “You educate a girl and you educate a nation – perhaps it sounds arrogant to say it, but if you teach the educators of the future – perhaps the world might be a better place.”