Who we are

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to educating and empowering girls and young women in the world

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. Our diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 152 countries.

For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide, supporting and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens of the world.

Our strengths lie in innovative non-formal education programmes, leadership development, advocacy and community action, empowering girls and young women to develop the skills and confidence needed to make positive changes in their lives, in their communities and countries.

We deliver these programmes in five WAGGGS Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere. We also hold advocacy and leadership events at our five World Centres: Our Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, Pax Lodge in the UK, Our Cabaña in Mexico and Kusafiri, our World Centre travelling around Africa. Through our global programmes, girls from all over the world come together to learn new skills, share their international experiences and form lifelong friendships.

There are lots of ways you can get involved with WAGGGS’ work, whether you want to become a partner, join Girl Guiding or Girl Scouting, volunteer or support us as a donor. Please take a look around our website for more information or contact us.


Our Vision is for:

An equal world where all girls can thrive. By 2032 we will be a girl-led Movement where every and any girl feels confident to lead and empowered to create a better world together.

Our Mission is:

To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world


We refer to our vision as Compass 2032 and it is understood as a shared responsibility for all Girl Guide and Girl Scout associations.

The Compass Conversations will help us reach our vision. Each responds to the main themes that have emerged through the development of Compass 2032. They will stretch and challenge our thinking, provide guidance on where to direct resources and capacity, and encourage us to make brave decisions about what we need to change. Each conversation is captured below:

-- More Spaces where girl feel brave

--Inclusive and connected Girl Guide and Girl Scout communities

--An empowering environment for girl-led impact

--Leaders today, ready for the future

--Rewarding, accessible roles for volunteer and staff

--Agile organisations with growing impact

Please view our Guide to Compass 2032 to learn how to have these six Compass Conversations. They are a key tool to move our Movement in the direction set by Compass 2032.

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