WAGGGS Statement on COVID-19

Updated 19 June 2020

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, the family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

World Health Organization (WHO) is working with global experts, governments and partners to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak. WHO emphasises that all must protect themselves from COVID-19 in order to protect others.

Message to our Members

As the world continues to navigate the different impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we at WAGGGS have been committed to keeping you informed of the changes we are making. As we look at how we at WAGGGS continue to support you in delivering activities and programmes, providing opportunities to amplify the voices of young women and bringing our communities together in solidarity and sisterhood, we too have to do some things differently.

We have extended the closure of all World Centres until at least the end of June and will keep monitoring the situation closely to ensure we open as soon as possible on it is safe for our staff and guest to do so. All other international face-to-face events and travel remain suspended until the end of 2020.

Click to read the most recent statement from WAGGGS – 19 June 2020

World Centres

Please check the individual World Centre links below for the most up to date information specific to that World Centre.


For general concerns or questions relating to COVID-19, please contact Magdalene Thomas, WAGGGS Head of International Operations. | +44 2074 336 488

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