What you can do
There are lots of ways you can join our 'Stop the violence. Speak out for girls' rights' campaign.
Add your voice so we can start the conversation on an issue we have been silent on for too long. Speak out for girls’ rights by sending us your comments, films and audio and telling us about your actions. Tell us what violence means to you and what you mean to do about it. With millions of voices united to stop violence, we can lobby governments, start conversations in our communities and influence decision makers at all levels. We can change people’s minds and change girls’ lives. START NOW.
Get other people to add their voices to the campaign. Send texts or emails to your networks. Blog on facebook or join the campaign group and tweet to get people to sign on. Talk to your friends at school, your Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups and your families at home. To help, we have created:
Join our advocacy network
We’re building a global movement of people who believe that violence against girls and young women is an injustice we’ve stayed silent on for too long and are committed to taking action for change.
The advocacy network will support girls and young women to take action on issues important to them, and will help build capacity and resources in Member Organizations. Network members will take action in their communities to help stop the violence and will involve others to do the same.
Are you an expert in violence against girls and young women? Do you want to help support your Member Organization to grow its advocacy work?
WAGGGS will support network members with the skills and resources to do this, and will send them regular campaign updates and consultation opportunities. There may also be opportunities to attend events as an advocacy network member.
Sign up to become a network member by filling in this form.
Learn more about advocacy
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has a number of advocacy resources and training opportunities to help you find your voice as an advocate and agent of change.
Use our advocacy toolkit to develop your advocacy projects and programmes.
Our 2011 World Thinking Day pack gives materials and activities for gender equality and empowering women and girls. Download it here.
The Young Womens' World Forum events in 2010 and 2011 trained young women from across the world as advocates and agents of change in their communities. Read more about the events here and download the Forum declaration here.
Read blogs from our young activists on how they are taking action to stop the violence here.
Support our partner campaigns
- Equip yourself with knowledge about the violence epidemic and encourage your friends, family members or patrol to do the same. You can take the Say NO quiz here.
- Plan have launched a campaign to end early and forced marriage. Support their campaign by signing their online petition.
- CAMFED have been working with young women in Zambia to highlight the issue of domestic violence. Young women from CAMFED programmes have produced a documentary ‘the Hidden Truth’ to highlight the issue. Find out more about their stories and watch excerpts of the film here.
Just the beginning…..
Adding our voices is just the beginning. We want people to do this simple action, to speak out, plus join in the campaign in a myriad of other ways, which the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will develop over the next few months:
1. Awareness raising campaign – a global umbrella campaign, including a website, comms materials, ambassadors, resources, PR and partner support.
2. Education programme – a “badge curriculum” to support girls and young women, boys and young men to understand their rights and to gain the skills in advocacy and leadership to claim these rights for themselves and others.
3. Lobbying campaign – Opportunities and resources to influence decision-makers, such as delegations at international conferences, representation in key decision-making forums and direct relationships with key institutions and decision-makers.
4. Community action – One of the World Association’s unique strengths is its global presence combined with local reach. We will galvanise our membership to take part in global action days and projects designed to empower girls and young women.
5. Capacity building - In order to effect change, girls and young women, and our membership organizations must have the capacity and support to advocate, communicate and lead on the issues most affecting their unique communities. Through advocacy and leadership training, resource material and partnership connections, WAGGGS will support this work.
6. National action plans – WAGGGS will work with our Member Organizations at national level to customize the broader advocacy campaign to their local context.
7. Safety and ethical guidelines – Violence against girls and young women is an extremely sensitive topic and the campaign needs to ensure that those that become involved, explore their own and their communities circumstances and take action to effect change are safe from harm and that the campaign’s impact is sustainable and supported through local service delivery and experts.