Guyanese Girl Guides elected to world body

Two Guyanese Girl Guides have been elected to new office-bearing status for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Western Hemisphere Region.

A release from the Guyana Girl Guides Association (GGGA), said that Saudia Edghill, UG student and young leader of the GGGA, has been selected by WAGGGS as Ambassador for Guyana for the ‘International Day of the Girl,’ while Schemel Patrick, GGGA’s PRO and Executive Officer was elected to the WAGGGS Western Hemisphere Committee. These new official roles were conferred at the thirteenth Western Hemisphere Regional Conference in Cuernavaca, Mexico in July.

For the upcoming second celebration of the UN’s ‘International Day of the Girl,’ today, the theme is putting ‘Girls in the lead.’ Edghill will champion the day on behalf of WAGGGS and campaign in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean.

Edghill will also collaborate with WAGGGS and participate in the yearlong promotion of ‘International Day of the Girl’ activities, both locally and internationally; work with the GGGA on the formulation and implementation of an action project for the year; and mobilise other young women from the Caribbean region to take action.

Patrick, the youngest of six women members on the WAGGGS Western Hemisphere Committee, while playing a lead role in the association’s plans for the ‘International Day of the Girl,’ will also be fully involved in the execution of the Western Hemisphere’s plans for the next three years.

Prior to the Mexico Summit, both Edghill and Patrick have represented the GGGA at international and other events in South Africa, the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Western Hemisphere region is composed of 36 countries in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its main function is to promote and expand Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting within the region and develop plans to assist the national organisations in providing opportunities for training and sharing concerns, experiences and human resources, the release added.

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