Global Action Theme
WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT) is girls worldwide say “together we can change our world,” which focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The GAT is an educational programme that everyone can get involved with! There are educational resources, such as the GAT Badge, available for members at national, local and unit level.
The theme encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them. It also affirms WAGGGS’ commitment to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
What are the MDGs?
The United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight specific goals to be met by 2015 that aim to combat extreme poverty across the world. These goals were agreed at the UN Millennium Summit in New York in 2000. This was the largest gathering of political world leaders in history. The Millennium Declaration, adopted by the 189 heads of state and governments, promised to:
|free all men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty|
WAGGGS has a history of changing the lives of girls and young women through its projects and activities in local communities. Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting provides enriching experiences for its members, experiences that stay with them for a lifetime. By working on the GAT, WAGGGS and its members of all ages are sowing the seeds of social change for generations to come.
The MDGs address important issues that affect girls, young women and their communities. With only a few years left before 2015, governments, the Millennium Campaign and NGOs recognise that the MDGs are far from being achieved. Members of civil society must work together to hold national governments accountable.
WAGGGS’ MDG messages
WAGGGS has come up with a series of ‘girls worldwide say’ messages that you can use to promote your GAT activity or event. These logos can be downloaded and used on posters and activity sheets.
Take action with the GAT Badge
WAGGGS encourages everyone to take action and change the world around them. Action can happen at many levels. ‘Our world’ starts at a personal level, and expands to include our local community, national and international levels. You can make a start by earning a GAT Badge! The badge is an activity pack with over 100 activities suitable for 5 to 24 year olds.