Girl Guides of Palestine
|Girl Guides of Palestine|
The Girl Guides of Palestine (Arabic: إتحاد الفتيات المرشدات الفلسطيني) is the national Guiding organization of the Palestinian National Authority. As of 2005, the association was granted the official status of "Working towards WAGGGS membership" by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts acknowledging the development of the association.
Girl Guides were established in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1919, in association with the Girl Guides Association in England. In 1927, a visitor reported that the movement had 260 Guides and 10 Rangers, most of them Arabs. The Palestinian Director of Education, Humphrey Bowman, described the association as "side by side with the Boy Scouts but under an independent body and organized under strictly harim conditions." Like the Boy Scouts, it was confined to the Arab community. The Guiders were recruited from among teachers in the government and private schools. Some Girl Guide troops participated in demonstrations during the 1930s, paralleling the activities of the Palestinian Boy Scouts, a politically active group in the 1930s.
- Ellen Fleischmann (2003). The Nation and Its "New" Women: The Palestinian Women's Movement, 1920-1948. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. p. 111. ISBN 0-520-23789-7.
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