We aim not only to speak out on behalf of girls and young women everywhere, but also to empower young women to speak out for themselves.
WAGGGS gives opportunities to young women to speak out and influence others at international events.
Advocacy for WAGGGS means to influence people to take decisions that will improve our lives and the lives of others.
In detail this means:
we influence people (= by speaking, doing and educating )
to take decisions (= for example change policies or regulations, allocate funding, provide support)
that will improve our life and the lives of others (= the result we are trying to achieve)
For WAGGGS, influencing always includes:
Speaking Out, Doing and Educating.
Speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women and influencing opinion-formers
Doing projects that address root causes of issues affecting girls and young women
Educating girls, young women and society at large in areas such as leadership, health, peace and world citizenship
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has legitimacy. It has standing. And creating active citizens is part of what the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts campaigning is about
Salil Shetty, UN, Director of Millennium Development Goals Campaign
|We have recently been advocating at two major international events: the Climate Change Conference (COP15) and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Read the daily updates that the WAGGGS delegates wrote during each event.|
WAGGGS Advocacy toolkit
The toolkit is designed to enable Member Organizations and leaders to introduce or develop an advocacy campaign in their Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting groups and to help influence decision-makers to improve the lives of girls and young women.
Get involved in advocacy
In addition to the advocacy toolkit there are many other ways you can get involved with advocacy at WAGGGS:
- Attend an advocacy seminar at one of the World Centres or hosted by the regions
- Learn about the MDGs using the Global Action Theme (GAT) activity pack and earn a GAT badge
- Participate in one of the many campaigns WAGGGS organizers and partners with other NGOs and groups.
- Join with an existing coalition and campaigning on a global day of action.
- Support another MOs advocacy project by transferring skills or providing funds
- Apply to come along to an international event, such as the UN climate change conference or the UN Commission on the Status of Women where you can be part of a youth delegation influencing decision-makers
- Become a subject matter expert on topics such as climate change or hunger and poverty and help us develop resources for other young women and MOs to use to advocate on these issues
For further information or to learn how you can get involved, contact us directly on email@example.com or call the Communications and Advocacy team on 0044 20 7794 1181