WAGGGS supports International Women's Day
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has been the Charity of Choice for International Women's Day since 2007.
This year, WAGGGS has launched an emergency appeal to support its Member Organisations neighbouring Ukraine, who are adapting their Scouting centres, offering heated rooms and supporting refugees at border crossings by distributing essential supplies like food, water, clothes, blankets and menstrual supplies.
10 Million Girls, 152 Countries
“Our partnership with International Women’s Day is a very important partnership for us. It provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of millions of girls and women worldwide and also to come together across sectors, to raise awareness of the need for greater progress on gender equality, and to channel vital funding to where it’s needed most. Through Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, we are breaking gender bias, discrimination, and stereotypes, and we are supporting our girls and young women to do the same. Thank you for choosing to Break the Bias with us in 2022!”
- Anna Segall, Chief Executive Officer, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
World's largest international organisation dedicated to girls and young women
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) supports 10 million girls and young women across 152 countries, making it the world's largest international organisation dedicated to girls and young women.
As the global umbrella organisation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, WAGGGS gives girls the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that she needs to raise her voice, defend her ideas and contribute to shaping a better world.
As the only movement geared entirely toward every girl and any girl, Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting puts gender equality at its heart. Through non-formal education programmes, girls learn to challenge gender-based violence, tackle body confidence issues and speak out on global platforms to influence key decision makers.
Whether putting an end to child marriage in Malaysia, helping refugees in Greece, or speaking out on sustainability at UN events or supporting communities following natural disaster in Australia, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts play a huge role in making change happen.
Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting creates generations of happy, capable and daring girls. WAGGGS keeps the global Movement united, thriving and growing.
In a world where conflict, environmental crises and global health concerns are in the headlines every day, girls and young women are often disproportionally affected, meaning support for our global movement is more important than ever.
For her world
WAGGGS' non-formal educational approach encourages girls and young women to take the lead in their own development, learning to support each other through cooperation and team work while building crucial life skills. Its programmes cover a range of issues relevant to girls, and always encourage girls to share what they have learnt more widely.
Snapshot of WAGGGS' projects and programmes
Leadership events: In 2019, more than 600 girls from 107 countries took part in the WAGGGS flagship leadership programme (Juliette Low Seminar) exploring how they can be part of building a more equal world for girls.
Free Being Me: Since 2016, 6.5 million young people have improved their body-confidence and self-esteem through the WAGGGS and Dove Self Esteem Project partnership. 85% participants report they now feel better about themselves and their bodies.
Stop the Violence: WAGGGS is working to end gender-based violence through education, advocacy, and community action, helping girls understand they are not to blame for the violence they face.
Rosie’s World: 100,000 girls across Africa and Asia Pacific would be empowered to manage menstruation safely, hygienically and with confidence.
Surf Smart: Developed in partnership with NortonLifeLock, WAGGGS’ internet safety curriculum has reached more than 350,000 young people with 44 countries
and 700 trainers involved. 90% of participants report they now know where to get help if they feel uncomfortable or at risk online.
Get involved with WAGGGS
WAGGGS is looking for new partners to help continue or expand some of these programs to reach more girls and young women in more locations. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the WAGGGS team directly.
Donate your IWD fundraising to WAGGGS
Are you looking for a global charity that puts women and girls at its heart to donate your International Women’s Day fundraising efforts to? Choose IWD’s long-term Charity of Choice partner, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
"The vital funding we receive from our International Women’s Day partners enables more opportunities for more girls so that ultimately every and any girl can learn, lead and speak out, and achieve their fullest potential.”
- Imogen Fitzpatrick, Head of Strategic Partnerships, WAGGGS
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How to donate
- Make a donation online today. This year, your donation will support the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in countries bordering Ukraine who are responding with relief efforts for those affected by the conflict there.
- Set up a fundraiser at Justgiving or Virgin Giving.
Join WAGGGS in marking International Women's Day
Interact with WAGGGS on social media - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn - to find out more about their work or learn more about WAGGGS on their website.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the WAGGGS team directly.