Girl Guides visit Parliament, Tuynhuys

2018-10-30 06:01
The 20 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts outside Tuynhuys after having tea and a tour through Parliament. Representatives came from all over the Western Cape.

The 20 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts outside Tuynhuys after having tea and a tour through Parliament. Representatives came from all over the Western Cape.

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The chief commissioner of Girl Guides South Africa, Sizeka Rensburg, together with 20 girls (including nine from Cape Town), were invited to share a morning with Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation, at the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, including a special breakfast at Tuynhuys.

The visit coincided with International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. This day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

“Girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads and political leaders,” says Tanya Prinsloo, spokesperson for Girl Guides Cape West.

“Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl Child. Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) celebrates with our #TeamGirl campaign and this year we are focusing on the power and potential of girls,” she says.

“WAGGGS knows girls are already powerful, but sometimes they just need a helping hand to reach their fullest potential. That’s where Girl Guides and Girl Scouts come in. We want all girls to be their own superheroes and use their power to change the world. Girl Guides from Bergvliet, Bothasig, Muizenberg and other areas in the Western Cape were part of the 20 that visited Parliament.”

The girls say it was incredible morning spent with the minister and a guided tour inside of Parliament.

“It was a fun experience to meet the minister and it was nice to know that there are people who really care about Girl Guides and how we can make a difference,” says Kendra Daniels (13).

Rhea Sirkisson (13) adds: “I would like to make people realise that girls and women can do better things in life and are as equal and powerful as men.”

Andile Dlamini (17) says: “I enjoyed touring Parliament, it took us back to where South Africa came from and teaches us to preserve things so that future generations can be able to see it.”

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