Who we are

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to 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 146 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 work 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:

All girls are valued and take action to change the world

Our Mission is:

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


To achieve the Mission and Vision, we have developed two Goals in our Global Operations Plan: 

Goal 1:

Provide more opportunities for girls and young women to grow and lead through the programmes and methods based on the fundamental principles of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting

Goal 2:

Empower girls and young women to be agents of change in the world through the programmes and methods based on the fundamental principles of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting

The goals will help to ensure our continued work towards achieving our Mission and Vision 2020, and towards the empowerment of girls and young women to understand and speak out about their rights and roles in their communities. 


To make these goals happen, and ensure that we meet Vision 2020, we are following the 2015-2017 Global strategic plan, as voted on at the 35th World Conference in Hong Kong. 

Download a copy of the Global Strategic Plan.

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