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March 4, 2013

Celebrating International Women’s Day – March 8, 2013

The idea for an International Women's Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women in Russia and elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women's Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women's Day. Today, International Women's Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more.

Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.

So, to all my amazing Sister’s in Guiding, Happy International Women’s Day!  Celebrate who you are and all you do for Guiding!  You all play a very important part in the development of young women in Canada.  YOU ROCK!

This campfire is for all of you!

Guider Dusk (Dawn)

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Campfire Planning Sheet

 

PROMOTE PARTICIPATION, FUN & FRIENDSHIP

 

Date:

March ___, 2013

 

 

Campfire Leader:

___________________________________

 

 

Campfire Theme:

We Can Make A Difference!

 

 

Time Allowed:

60 minutes

 

 

Official Opening:

Take Pride In Being Women

 

Campfire Friends

 

Let Us Sing Together (4-Part Round)

 

 

Well Known Songs:

It’s A Small World

 

Yes She Can!

 

 

Round Part Songs:

I Like the Flowers (4-Part Round)

 

 

Action Songs:

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

 

 

Fun Songs:

Lemme

 

 

Quieter Songs:

We Can Make a Difference

 

Dreams

 

 

Participative Story:

The Story About International Women’s Day

 

 

Reflection:

In a Circle, Light a Candle

 

 

Vespers & Taps:

Softly Falls the Light of Day

 

Taps

 

 

Take Pride in Being Women – Poem by Crispy Lu

 

Beautiful courage women are born everyday

They are rare species to be found

Do you know why?  Because they’ve got class, style, charm, personality

And a God fearing attitude in life. 

 

I am a woman of destiny

I was created for a purpose

And I will live each day striving for the highest

With patience, perseverance and ambition to keep to anticipated

With no limitation I will stop at nothing

With no hesitation I am paving my path

And with more determination I am on my way to the top

I take pride in being a woman so should you.

 

I am a woman, a follower of my own lead

The spices of life in this cruel world

I am a Woman of dignity

The builder of my own empire

I am here to grab my career with both hands

And conquer my price

I take pride in being a woman so should you.

 

Being a woman is an honor

Carry it with pride

It is a blessing from God

Appreciate the precious gift

Remember you are a special and unique woman

When you were born everybody was smiling while you were crying

So live your life that when you die

Everyone is crying and you are smiling

Being a woman is a privilege, wear it with pride and dignity

I take pride in being one, so should you!

 

Campfire Friends – Kate Fearey                                     

 

We come together in friendship, we sing together for fun.

Hearts and voices blending, in Guiding we are one.

 

Chorus:

Music joins us together,

Our circle’s open whatever,

You’re welcome whoever you are,

Whoever you are.

 

Our love and harmony sharing, through music, rhythm and dance,

Come join us in our circle, we’re Guiding in our hearts.

 

Let Us Sing Together (4-Part Round) - Czechoslovakia

 

Let us sing together, let us sing together,

One and all a joyous song.

Let us sing together; one and all a joyous song.

 

Let us sing again and again, let us sing again and again,

Let us sing again and again, one and all a joyous song.

 

It's a Small World – Richard M. & Richard B. Sherman

 

It's a world of laughter, a world of tears

It's a world of hopes and a world of fears

There's so much that we share

That it's time we're aware

It's a small world after all.


Chorus: 

It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all

It's a small, small world

 

There is just one moon and one golden sun

And a smile means friendship to everyone

Though the mountains divide

And the oceans are wide

It's a small world after all.

 

It's a world of Guiding, a world of fun

It's a world of aims, but we work as one

There's so much that we share

That it's time we're aware

It's a small world after all.


You can go to China or go to Spain

And the Guiding Handshake will be the same

We have friends in Japan,

Mexico, Pakistan,

It's a small world after all.


How we live our lives we must each decide,

Every Guide & Ranger & Brownie, Guide

Throughout Guiding we find,

Both in body & mind

It's a small world after all.

 

Yes, She Can! - (Tune: She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain)

 

Can a women fly an airplane?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a women build a building?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a women fight a fire?

Can a women change a tire?

Can a women lead a choir?  Yes she can, yes she can!

 

Can a woman be a lawyer?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a woman fix an engine?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a woman be a drummer?

Can a women be a plumber?

Can she play ball in the summer?  Yes she can, yes she can!

 

Can a woman be a doctor?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a woman drive a tractor?  Yes she can, yes she can.

Can a woman lead a nation?

Can she run a TV station?

Can she head a corporation?  Yes she can, yes she can!

 

Just you wait until we’re older, then you’ll see

We’ll be women in tomorrow’s history.

As we grow up through the years

We can sing out loud and clear.

Can we start the process here?

Yes we can! Yes we can!

 

I Like the Flowers (4-Part Round)

 

I like the flowers, I love the daffodils,

I like the mountains, I love the rolling hills

I like the fireside, when all the lights are low,

 

Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom

 

Can You Dig That Crazy Gibberish (4-Part Speaking Round)

 

Can you dig that crazy gibberish?

Can you dig it? Can you dig it?

Can you dig that crazy gibberish?

Can you dig it? Can you dig it?

 

Oh look, there’s a chicken on the barnyard fence;

Oh look, there’s another one comin’ down the road;

Ma! Ma!

Get that son-of-a-gun off my tractor.

 

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

 

Chorus:

If I were not a Girl Guide, something else I'd like to be (clap, stamp!)

If I were not a Girl Guide...

 

Archer:

An Archer I would be!

Shoot the bow, the mighty mighty bow I said,

Shoot, the bow, the mighty mighty bow!

(Everyone sings chorus again)

 

Birdwatcher:

A Birdwatcher I would be!

There's a lark and there's a lark and there's another lark (UGH!)

There's a lark and there's a lark and there's another lark (UGH!)

(Once the Birdwatcher has said her line twice, the Archer joins in. Therefore the Birdwatcher says her line four times, and the Archer says her line twice. Then everyone sings the chorus again)

 

Farmer:

A farmer I would be!

Sow the seed, and fertilize the weeds!

Sow the seed, and fertilize the weeds!

(Once the Farmer has said her line twice, the Birdwatcher joins in... after the Birdwatcher has said her line twice, the Archer joins in... get the picture? This continues with each verse until you have seven or eight people all saying/singing different things at the same time!) (Everyone sings the chorus again)

 

Hippie:
A hippie I would be!

Hey man, cool man, far out, WOW!

Hey man, cool man, far out, WOW!

(Farmer joins in, then Birdwatcher, then Archer, then everyone sings the chorus)

 

Leader:

A Leader I would be!

Where's your socks and where's your shoes and don't forget your hat!

Where's your socks and where's your shoes and don't forget your hat!

(Hippie joins in, then Farmer, Birdwatcher and Archer, then everyone sings the chorus again)

 

Boy Scout:

A Boy Scout I would be!

EEW! A bug! Squish it in the rug!

EEW! A bug! Squish it in the rug!!

(Leader joins in, then Hippie, Farmer, Birdwatcher, Archer, then everyone sings the chorus one last time!!)

 

Lemme

 

Divide your singers into two groups: one side sings the boy's lines, the other sings the girl's lines.


Girl:                 What's your name little boy?

Boy:                My name is Lemme...

Girl:                 Lemme what little boy?            

Boy:                Lemme kiss you!

Boy:                What's your name, little girl?

Girl:                 My name is Ida

Boy:                Ida what, little girl?

Girl:                 I don't want to!


Girl:                 What's your name, little boy?

Boy:                My name is Lemme

Girl:                 Lemme what, little boy?

Boy:                Lemme kiss you!

 

Boy:                What's your name, little girl?

Girl:                 My name is I'll-a

Boy:                I'll-a what, little girl?

Girl:                 I'll ask my momma


Girl:                 What's your name, little boy?

Boy:                My name is Lemme

Girl:                 Lemme what, little boy?

Boy:                Lemme kiss you

 

Boy:                What's your name, little girl?

Girl:                 My name is Ollie

Boy:                Ollie what, little girl?

Girl:                 Ollie right! (kiss, kiss)

 

We Can Make a Difference - Dorothy Lind

 

I can make a difference, yes I can;

I can be a friend and lend a hand;

I can make a choice and take a stand,

And I can change the world! Oh,

I can make a difference; yes I can;

I can be a friend and lend a hand;

I can make a choice to take a stand,

And I can change the world!

 

You can make a difference, yes it’s true;

You can choose the things you say and do;

You can help the earth and people too,

And you can change the world! Oh,

You can make a difference, yes it’s true;

You can choose the things you say and do;

You can help the earth and people too,

And you can change the world.

 

We can make a difference if we try;

We can work together, you and I;

We can do our part so by and by

We can change the world! Oh,

 

We can make a difference if we try;

We can work together, you and I;

We can do our part so by and by

We can change the world! Oh,

 

We can change it;

Yes, we can change it;

We can change the world!

YES WE CAN!

 

Dreams

 

Chorus:

May all your dreams bloom like daisies in the sun

May you always have stars in your eyes

May you not stop running not until your race is run

And may you always have blue skies


A dream is something you can make to keep within your heart

To build on when you're sad, or when you're world's been torn apart

A dream is something all your own that no one else can steal

A dream is something you can make come real


You can share a laugh with any stranger you may meet

You can share your money with a beggar on the street

But you can only share a dream when love has set it free

Please won't you share yours with me.

 

The Story of International Women’s Day

 

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

 

1908
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

 

1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

 

1910
In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a
Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.

 

1911
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the
first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's 'Bread and Roses' campaign.

 

1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.

 

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

 

1918 - 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women's Year' by the United Nations. Women's organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

 

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

 

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

 

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

 

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

 

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make every day International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

 

In a Circle, Light a Candle – Melinda Caroll

 

May our circle be unbroken and our purpose ever strong.
As we build our dreams together, we will work to carry on.
There is joy in just the doing, there is love in every day,
As we share and live the Girl Guide way

Chorus:

In a circle, light a candle.

In a circle, light a candle for me.

In a circle, light a candle.

In a circle, light a candle for me.


May the flame of this one candle be a light that will shine through,
On the path that I have chosen, with my sisters brave and true.
We will lift our torch together with the pledge that we hold high,
The guiding light of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

May our circle be unbroken and our light, eternal flame,
That around the world will travel, to our sisters in all lands.
In our circle in a circle, may our candles ever glow,
To light the world in harmony and love.

 

Softly Falls the Light of Day

 

Softly falls the light of day

As our campfire fades away

Silently each Guide should ask

Have I done my daily task?

Have I kept my honor bright?

Can I guiltless sleep tonight?

Have I done and have I dared

Everything to be prepared?

 

Taps

 

Day is done

Gone the sun

From the lake,

From the hills,

From the sky,

All is well

Safely rest

God is nigh.

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We can make a difference!