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Girl Guides in Action on World Thinking Day 2010

Revisiting the Role of Women in Challenging Professions …

The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) commemorated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day by organizing a panel discussion on the "Role of Women in Challenging Professions" for G.C.E. O'Level and A'Level students in the Homagama Zone of the Western Province.

The panel discussion was designed to give the students an opportunity to look at the difficulties and challenges faced by women in traditionally male-dominated professions, and the difference Girl Guiding made in terms of empowerment. Over 700 students attended the 2-hour panel discussion which was held on March 9, 2010 at Homagama Central College.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) with over 10 million members in 145 countries is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in the world.

In 2010, WAGGGS celebrates the centenary of World Guiding and this panel discussion was one of the many activities that have been planned to celebrate 100 years of empowering girls and young women.

The eminent panellists who took part in the discussion included Professor Savitri Goonesekera (former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo), Mrs. Sharmini Ratwatte (Board Member of MAS Holdings), Mrs. Linda Speldewinde (Founder and Managing Director of the Academy of Design), and
Ms. Nihara Jayatilleke (Managing Director of Asian Aviation Centre (Pvt) Ltd).

The four panellists kept their audience enthralled and it was with difficulty that the discussion was brought to a close. It was no surprise that once the event was concluded the panellists were inundated with requests for autographs by the students!

Be prepared to be Quizzed!

The Guide Branch of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) held a Centenary Quiz for Girl Guides on March 20, 2010 at the Girl Guide Headquarters in Colombo.

The Centenary Quiz featured questions on the SLGGA's educational programme and the hundred year
history of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which was established in 1910.

Girl Guides from seven provinces of the island excluding the North and East participated in this event.
The Chief Guest on this nail-biting and memorable occasion was Ms. Ramya Jirasinghe, Programme Officer, US - SL Fulbright Commission. Prizes for the contestants were donated by Sarasavi Bookshop.

Calling all Girl Guides...

If you have been a Little Friend, Guide, Senior Guide, Guide Leader, or have been involved with the Girl Guide Movement in any other way at some point in your life, please take the time to post, fax or email your name and contact details to us.

Don't forget to mention in what way you were involved with the Movement.

Contact us at:

Girl Guide Headquarters
10, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 7

Fax: 011 - 2695720

We're waiting to hear from you!

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