The organisation has always been a strictly a single-sex organisation until now.
Now the organisation has made itself more inclusive.
Also, adults born male who now self-identify as female will be able to become Guide leaders.
The new guidelines state: “Girl guiding aims to support all girls and young women. This is understood in terms of the way a person self-identifies their gender identity – a person’s inner sense of self.”
Chief executive Julie Bentley told the Metro: “Girlguiding complies with the Equality Act 2010 which makes clear organisations providing single-gender services should treat people according to their acquired gender.
“We welcome any young person who self-identifies as a girl or young woman.”
Not everyone was positive about the news. Philip Hollobone, the Conservative MP for Kettering in Northamptonshire, said the new rules would set alarm bells ringing for many parents. He added: “Sadly, the result will be fewer girls joining the Girl Guides. There will be parents who won’t let their daughters join because of this change.”
In keeping with data protection, the Girl Guides will not disclose any information about a leader’s gender with members or parents of girls.