The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. Their diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 150 countries.
For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide, supporting and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens of the world.
Their strengths lie in innovative non-formal education programmes, leadership development, advocacy work and community action, empowering girls and young women to develop the skills and confidence needed to make positive changes in their lives, in their communities and countries.
They deliver these programmes in five WAGGGS Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere. They also hold advocacy and leadership events at their five World Centres: Their Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, Pax Lodge in the UK, their Cabaña in Mexico and Kusafiri, their World Centre travelling around Africa. Through their global programmes, girls from all over the world come together to learn new skills, share their international experiences and form lifelong friendships.
All girls are valued and take action to change the world
To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world
Placing girls and young women at the centre of all their work, at both regional and global level, their Mission and Vision are at the heart of every decision they make and every action they take here at the World Association. Together, the Mission and Vision uphold the inherent values of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement and ensure that the work they do; their educational materials, leadership and development programmes, and international campaigns, all contribute towards the building of a better future and achieving their Vision of a better and safer world for girls and young women.
Being the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world means that to work together with their member organizations, partners, volunteers and girls and young women, and to successfully deliver their materials and programmes, their movement needs to readily reflect the ever growing and changing global environment in which they operate. This means looking back on the work they have already done and planning for the future to ensure that their movement remains reflective and supportive of the global issues that affect girls and young women, and the issues important to them.
To understand the direction of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement for the end of the decade, they held in-depth consultations with their members, partners and young women and developed Vision 2020. Representing and highlighting Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting’s shift to a Movement which reflects the transformation of member organizations into life-changing and community-shaping bodies, Vision 2020 is also capturing girls’ and young women’s desires to develop themselves and contribute to improving the lives of others.
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