Stand up against poverty
12 October 2009
Girl Guides Australia have already filmed and edited a Stand up video that you can watch on Youtube:
The three events (Stand Up, World Food Day and World Thinking Day) all have the same focus. The theme of World Thinking Day 2010 is girls worldwide say “together we can end extreme poverty and hunger”, which is linked to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger, part of WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT).
So use World Food Day to start planning your WTD activity, get to know about the issues and explore all the resources available to you!
Take part in the Stand Up campaign with your troop, your friends and your community by doing the following:
- Register on standagainstpoverty.org by using the name WAGGGS: ‘unit/troop name’ plus individual names if you wish. You will then be able to register your event. Over 116 million people participated last year
- Stand up on 16 October and take some small action which could be linked to World Thinking Day. You can download a full ideas list from the Stand up website:
- Send letters to your government
- Distribute books or other educational materials
- Donate blood
- Organize a free lunch for students and family at schools and educate both on the poverty and hunger campaign
- Take a photo of your group standing up and wearing either a special T-shirt or Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting gear (e.g. a branded T-shirt or scarf).
- Send the photo and a brief description of what you did on 16 October to firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Food Day
World Food Day 2009, which will take place on 16 October, focuses on how to achieve food security in times of crisis. With an estimated increase of 105 million hungry people in 2009, there are now 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world, meaning that almost one sixth of all humanity is suffering from hunger. On World Food Day, people can reflect on these figures and encourage economical and technical cooperation among developing and developed countries to help solve the problem.
Several events will take place to celebrate World Food Day, such as the ‘Run for food’ race in Rome on Saturday 24 October. You can find more about what you can do on the FAO website.
One of the ways you can get involved is to start the Food Security and Climate Change Badge, which was developed by WAGGGS and FAO.