Over the years, Olave Baden-Powell Society supporters have funded a range of unique, exciting and empowering WAGGGS projects and campaigns for girls and young women.
This is the impact of your support in 2019. In 2019 OB-PS raised an incredible £586,000.
Stop the Violence (STV)
STV is currently in 70 countries with Member Organisations (MOs) engaging in the campaign through awareness-raising, participation in 16 Days of Activism, advocacy, community action and education. 40 of these countries now deliver the Voices against Violence (VAV) curriculum in four different languages. So far 80,000 young people have completed the VAV curriculum.
WAGGGS is proud to bring you a new, exciting network of Advocacy Champions. This unique opportunity for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to advocate for the rights of girls and young women and champion gender equality at a local, national and international level.
By becoming Advocacy Champions, young women will have exciting opportunities for personal growth and development and to represent WAGGGS and their Member Organisation externally. We chose our Advocacy Champions for their commitment to gender equality, their involvement in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and their ability to lead, challenge and create a ripple effect.
Our Advocacy Champions were due to participate in the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2020 to represent 10 million girls across the world. Regretfully, this was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the girls are ongoing representatives for both the rescheduled CSW and the Beijing+25 process.
Juliette Low Seminar (JLS)
For the 2019 JLS a new approach was piloted. Instead of 60 participants (as in previous years), 600 WAGGGS members from 107 countries took part; 469 participants, 119 volunteers delivered the programme, and a core team of 12 volunteers and staff.
The JLS programme was run in 18 hub locations at the same time, giving participants at each hub location a chance to connect across borders both face to face and through technology. Each JLS hub was an international, cross-cultural leadership development adventure. Throughout 2020 and early 2021 we will be working with the JLS participants to support their 100 girls projects and monitor progress towards their collective goal; to positively impact 50,000 girls aged 12+ through opportunities to develop their leadership practice, grow their self-confidence, resilience and agency, and explore how they can be part of building a more equal world for girls.
Young women in leadership
After the 36th World Conference held in India in November 2017, MOs voted for Motion 32 focused on developing a concrete set of actions that will significantly increase the number of young women standing for governance positions.
We have formed a Young Women Research Team (YWRT), two members from each region, to collect information as to understand the barriers and opportunities of young women in decision-making roles within the GG/GS Movement, and come up with a global/regional and national strategy to increase the number of Young Women in decision-making roles.
With the arrival of Covid-19 work plans for 2020 had to be reviewed. While some areas were put on hold or deprioritised, such as the push for Member Organisations to complete the Capacity Assesment Tools, other areas became a key component in WAGGGS delivery during the following months.
The new approach to delivering Capacity Building to Member Organisations meant that the Capacity Building team had to readjust quickly and focus on providing resources, content and delivering sessions to support the work of the regional teams. Capacity Building volunteers were engaged in the preparations of the series of webinars delivered (or next to be delivered) by the five regions These covered areas such as Crisis Management, Fund Development, Online Recruitment and Retention and Delivering Guiding in the New Normal among others.
Besides the webinars, the Capacity Building team also created a set of resources on Designing a Crisis Management Framework, Communications in times of Crisis, Fundraising Tips and Individual Giving. These were shared with Member Organisations through the regular fortnightly COVID19 communications to Member Organisations.