World Association Of Girl Guides And Girl Scouts

Objectives and Mission: 

Enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as active citizens of the world; promote worldwide unity of [purpose] and common [understanding] based on the fundamental principles of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout movement; encourage friendship among girls and young women of all nations within and among countries; further the aim of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout movement to provide girls and young women with opportunities for self-training in the development of character, responsible citizenship and service in their own and world communities; advocate on behalf of girls and young women on issues that affect them.

General description: 

Organizes: World Conferences, gatherings and training sessions for leaders in different parts of the world; training sessions and gatherings at World Centres in UK, Switzerland, Mexico and India; Leadership development programmes, including WAGGGS Leadership Development Seminars; 'Juliette Low Seminars'; 'Helen Storrow Seminars'. Operates a Mutual Aid Scheme, coordinated by the World Bureau, whereby National Organizations help one another by providing financial assistance for projects and by forming international friendships. Community leadership, advocacy, non-formal education programmes and community involvement in the fields of: advancement of girls and young women; environment; ending violence against girls and young women; education; family life education; help in institutions; improving public areas; literacy; primary health care; refugees; vocational training; water purification and supply; work after natural disasters; volunteering. Celebrates World Thinking Day, 22 Feb(the joint birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, the Founder of the Movement, and of his wife, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide). Grants triennial 'Olave Award' to honour the memory of the World Chief Guide and to keep alive her belief in the spirit of service. Projects and initiatives: ['Building World Citizenship - the WAGGGS Perspective'] (theme for 1996-1999); ['Our Rights, Our Responsibilities'] (theme for 2002-2008), including the 'Olympia Badge'; ['Building Peace among Children'] - jointly with Soroptimists International; ['Global Action Theme'] - based on UN Millennium Goals; ['Stop the Violence, Speak out for girls' rights campaign'] (2011-2020).

Country Presence: 
Antigua and Barbuda
Macao, China
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equatorial Guinea
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
South Sudan
Field of Interest: 
Cultural Heritage, Culture, Developing countries, Education, Education for Peace, Environment, Gender Equality, Girl Child, HIV/AIDS, Human rights, Nutrition, Peace, Refugees, Women, Youth