WAGGGS partners with UN Women to 'stop the violence'

29 July 2011

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is partnering with UN Women as part of our campaign to ‘Stop the violence. Speak out for girls’ rights’.

Lakshmi Puri

The World Association and UN Women will create a non-formal education curriculum which will empower girls and young women to understand their rights and develop the skills and confidence to claim these rights for themselves and others.

This is the first global curriculum of its kind to address the issue of violence against girls and young women and we will be aiming to pilot the programme in at least 20 countries by the end of 2012.

“Violence against women is a gross human rights violation and UN Women recognizes the urgent need to focus on girls and young women who are often at the frontline of this pandemic. Therefore we have partnered with WAGGGS on their campaign, and in support of their innovative international badge curriculum, which centres on fostering girls' activism and leadership in the global struggle to end violence against girls and women. This is a top priority for UN Women and a strategic step towards prevention and ending violence against girls and women.”, said, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women.

UN Women also offers a wealth of resources and information on the issue of violence against women and girls. You can find out more by visiting their virtual knowledge centre, or you can take their online quiz.The ‘Stop the violence’ campaign will also feature on UN Women’s ‘Say NO - UNiTE’ platform. Say NO – UniTE to End Violence against Women’ is a global online platform that records advocacy efforts from around the world and collects actions to end violence against women and girls. 

Add your voice to the 'Stop the violence. Speak out for girls' rights' campaign.

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Memory Ngalande. - 8 August 2011 - 1.29PM (GMT)

Girl and young womens are our reason for existence. If we leave them behind we have missed the point. I support What Justine has said. We really need to invest in them so as to impact on our world. I love this campaign.

Justine Nkurunziza - 30 July 2011 - 10.56AM (GMT)

Many thanks to WAGGGS and to UNWOMEN: This is a very good move toward empowerment of girls and young women. In the past, most of the empowerment programmes were only directed to women of a certain age and girls were left behind as if they were not able to understand and participate in what was going on in the World development. Thanks to some organisations such as WAGGGS, UNWOMEN, ther are now on board. Let's invest in them if we want the sustainabilitiy of our actions.

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