10 million girls speak out on International Women’s Day 2013

8 March 2013

As the sun sets over the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Bureau  in London on 7 March, women and girls in Japan  and New Zealand will begin to rise from their sleep to a day of global action for women and girls worldwide.

Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a special annual celebration held since the 1900s and highlighted all over the world to mark the social, economic and political achievements of women. In 2013 the theme for  IWD is 'A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.'

There have been great leaps forward for women worldwide in education, the world of work, justice and political representation, but there is still more to be done. IWD gives us a chance and time to reflect on  that – our continuing struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. It’s a global day of action for women and girls, whether you live in Namibia, United Kingdom of India.

Our day to take action


This video features acclaimed singers and musicians who have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman". It was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women's lives around the world.

Here at WAGGGS we believe that girls and young women are agents of change, so we will be joining the millions of girls and women across the globe celebrating and taking action for IWD 2013. That's why we are charity of choice for the global hub for International Women's Day.

WAGGGS is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. We support 10 million girls in 145 countries to develop their full potential as responsible citizens. We create opportunities for girls to have meaningful participation in their worlds.

From 10am GMT on IWD 2013 hundreds of girls and young women across the world will come together to share their experiences at WAGGGS’ first direct participation online event – the 24-hour chat. Crossing eight time zones, girls and young women across the world will go online to talk education, jobs, leadership, preventing violence against girls and young women – and girls’ and young women’s participation in the development of the post-2015 agenda.

Eight talented young women will host the discussions, from their bases in India, Madagascar, the UK, Costa Rica, Canada and Philippines. Log on to the 24-hour chat [link] to learn about the issues, have your say and shape the International Day of the Girl (IDG) Call to Action. See you there. It’s a chance to identify the issues that matter to you – and work to find solutions to create a better world.

Influencing change at the UN

Meanwhile, over in New York City at the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a delegation of 14 young women joined discussions on eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls. The delegation secured support for the Stop the Violence campaign, met former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and took part in workshops to enhance their role in decision-making processes.

IWD won’t be the end of action on girls’ and women’s rights from WAGGGS. In 217 days, WAGGGS will be reflecting on a year of action as it marks the second International Day of the Girl (IDG) on 11 October 2013. Last year, the movement celebrated the Day by inviting people from across the world to create ‘The world we want for girls’ – an online collage of the visions of an ideal world for girls and young women, shared by people from over 50 countries. Check out the drawings, text, films and photographs.

Why not join with WAGGGS to help us create one million actions before IDG 2013.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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DbaiG - 3 December 2013 - 11.00AM (GMT)

That’s great! I am more than happy to know that girls are more confident than ever. They are speaking out. Yes, they are the agents of change. The need of the hour is just to give them the respect and opportunities they deserve. WAGGGS is doing commendable job. Keep it up! I hope on the next Woman’s day our stat would show more positive results. Samreen M Bolee.com

Prisca - 11 March 2013 - 1.26PM (GMT)

To end violence, we outta identify the different forms; speak out and denounce; sensitize girls and women on their rights. But yet, we must not push aside boys and men. They shall also know the facts and join the movement. And it shall start down from the root "education" at home, in school, in different clubs and associative lives.

Rachel - 8 March 2013 - 6.48PM (GMT)

I'm over here a the UNCSW too, with another organisation. The WAGGS are doing a fantastic job with a really strong and visible presence, speaking out at events and lobbying government representatives. So encouraging to see this generation taking action.

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