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 2018 and 2019. In 2018 you raised an incredible £653,416.

Advocacy

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.

Since 2017 the STV team has been delivering national advocacy training to our member organisations and young leaders to support them in the development and implementation of campaigns to tackle specific forms of violence. WAGGGS have directly trained more than 200 National Trainers, who then went onto train more than 7,000 leaders in their own countries.

In Malaysia a campaign has been launched by the Malaysian Girl Guides Association for an end to child marriage, in Nigeria a campaign has been launched calling for the domestication of laws to end child sexual abuse and in Chile Girl Guides have taken action for the implementation of laws on street harassment. This has all been made possible through OB-PS support.

63rd Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations (CSW63)

In March 2019, 10 young women represented WAGGGS at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Each one of those young women earned their place to be on that delegation – to represent the 10 million girls in our Movement. Before they went to the conference, each girl created a plan for a project to create the impact they wanted to see in their community.

Leadership

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.

Helen Storrow Seminar (HSS)

Helen Storrow Seminar

At HSS every year, young women gain skills and inspiration to make their voices heard at community and national level to make the world a more sustainable place.

We further strengthened the Helen Storrow programme in 2019 and facilitated the integration of pop-ups through the event.

We reached over 400 girls across all five WAGGGS regions, including 36 participants from 28 countries at the main event in Our Chalet, which is a great success!

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 YW in decision-making roles.

Membership

We have had great success with our New Countries campaign since 2018 thanks to the support of OB-PS. Our target is to officially welcome four new Members into WAGGGS at the World Conference in Uganda in 2020. We continue working actively towards membership in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Gabon, Comoros, Algeria, Montenegro, Afghanistan and Croatia.

In February 2018 we conducted a country visit to Montenegro to build relationships and to start preparing the country’s Action Plan in identifying the next steps and support needed from WAGGGS.

In April 2018, we also held programme training in Ethiopia, to enable leaders and champions to learn more about WAGGGS and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and again, to plan concrete next steps in their Action Plan towards becoming an official Member Organisation. The country visits and training are crucial for our new countries.

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