VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
2016 - your stories
Members blogs and pictures from 2016
Power and passion of girls
Why the power and passion of girls must prevail
#16Ways in #16Days: Provide solutions
Action 15 - Joyce
#16Ways in #16Days: Kurlyne
Action 14 - Advise your government
#16Ways in #16Days: Azza
Action 13 - Campaign for change
#16Ways in #16Days: Ana Cristina
Action 12 - Donate to the Stop the Violence fund (or another organization in your community)
#16Ways in #16Days: Chamathya
Action 11 - Build a coalition
#16Ways in #16Days: Ditainivanuavou
Action 10 - Help survivors of gender-based violence stay safe by establishing or supporting local services
#16Ways in #16Days: Thammy & Azizah
Action 9 - In your community, raise awareness to stop violence against girls and women
#16Ways in #16Days: Annie
Action 8 - Demand for education on healthy relationships to be part of the school curriculum
#16Ways in #16Days: Anita Tiessen
Action 7 - Speak out to ensure girls are treated equally in your school, college or university
#16Ways in #16Days: Ange & Germaine
Action 6 - Start an anti-violence club in your school
#16Ways in #16Days: Guides & Girl Scouts
Action 5 - Model respectful and equal relationships
#16Ways in #16Days: Stefania
Action 4 - Work with men and boys to prevent violence against girls and women
#16Ways in #16Days: Chhavi
Action 2 - Listen to the voices of girls and women and learn from their experiences
#16Ways in #16Days: Edith
Action 1 – Speak out! Challenge discrimination and violence against women
Why mental health matters
CEO Anita Tiessen blogs about why it's important to encourage girls to be the best they can be
From flat tyres to global views: How a Girl Guide used her skills to become a leading news editor
Habitat III: Girls speak out
Veronica Ayala blogs about her experience at Habitat III
Give girls a voice and let them change their world
Meet the young woman from Malawi empowering girls to live healthier, happier lives
Meet the brave young woman leading the charge to end violence against girls in Sri Lanka
Mirna Ines Fernández Pradel
Meet the young woman who’s battling climate change in Bolivia
Meet the Tunisian trailblazer who’s providing job opportunities for young women
Meet the woman inspiring girls across Greece to support refugees
Working together for the SDGs
Guest blogger Halka, from the FAO, explains how we're working together to make the Global Goals a reality
Countering hate speech in the community
We interviewed WAGGGS Post-2015 Ambassador Yvonne Akoth about her work on issues affecting refugees. Read the interview to find out why Yvonne set up her own non-profit organization
Living the Promise and Law in Kuwait
Girl Guides in Kuwait have been supporting refugee communities near and far for 20 years, providing supplies and a helping hand as the need arises.
The Novus Summit, UN
Emily Rodriguez, UN Team New York
Ana Cristina: "Guiding gave me strength"
As President of the Guides and Scouts in Costa Rica, Ana reflects on her own experience to highlight the importance of implementing Voices against Violence in her country
Ashvini - The Girls Education Forum
Ashvini went to the Girls' Education Forum, a UK event driving the implementation of Global Goal 4: universal quality education. Read her blog after the event, and find out what Guides in the UK are doing to make sure all girls get a quality education!
It’s time to say Stop the Violence!
Karina Vellejas is a member of Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica, and part of a team of leaders working to bring the Voices against Violence curriculum to Costa Rica.
Guiding gave me space to learn & develop
Maria Laura, Costa Rica, joined Guides when she was 14. Read how she feels the Movement has enabled her to learn about the world
Boxes of Hope - Lynn
Lynn Bergaoui and Young Leaders from Al Jarrah Girl Scouts Association in Lebanon recently organized a distribution of food supplies for refugees in the Beirut area.
Voices against violence in Costa Rica
Zahyra Espinoza is leading the Stop the Violence project in Costa Rica with Anayancy Villegas Bermudez. She explains why it's time to say no more.
The right to live without violence
As we launch a Crowdfunder campaign to help end violence against women and girls in Costa Rica, Karla Álvarez Díaz talks about what the project means to her.
“We give our help to the people”
Members of the Greek Guiding Association have been helping people arriving as refugees across the country. Read how in our latest blog
One of the greatest things I've done
Lebanese Leader Nidaa Chikhani describes how she felt supporting and working with refugees in Lebanon.
Helping Canada’s newest residents
Girl Guides in Canada have been welcoming refugees into their communities and new children into their schools
That smile was our strength to continue
Margariti Stamatia is Leader of the Sea Rangers of Kos, Greece - she wrote about her experiences of the current humanitarian crisis, and how the Sea Rangers of Kos have been helping people arriving on the island.
We are more than 10 million!
Yuuka, Japan, reflects on her experience at UN conference on Education for Global Citizenship
JLS 16 Day 2 – Me as an Agent of Change
The Transformers Patrol reflects on day two at the Juliette Low Seminar 2016 - where the participants have been exploring how they can be Agents of Change
Day 1 - JLS 2016 - Akwaaba!
The Super Violets patrol share their experiences so far
I’m excited beyond measure for JLS2016!
Magdalene is among 68 young women from 48 countries attending the Juliette Low Seminar in Accra, Ghana next week.
Turning Dreams to Actions - Angeli
Angeli Siladan will be making her way to Denmark from 16 - 19 May for Women Deliver's 4th Global Conference: The world’s largest global conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade.
Free Being Me comes to Ethiopia
Free Being Me comes to Ethiopia
Dear Future Girl Guide - Zoe Carletide
What would you say to a Future Girl Guide?
Meet our Ethiopia Guiding Champions
Meet the young women who are bringing Girl Guiding to Ethiopia
Germaine's reflections on CSW 60
"I want to take the lead in showing the world the role girls and women have to play"
"Body confidence matters"
Olivia, CSW 60 delegate from the UK, speaks about the impact of our Free Being Me event
How to leave a whole room speechless
WAGGGS Youth Delegate Paula Neher reflects on our Voices Against Violence side event at the Commission on the Status of Women
Working to empower all girls - Krysta
Krysta reflects on the effect of the Commission on the Status of Women
Helen Storrow Seminar 2016
Daily updates from participants
Imen speaks out at Youth CSW Forum
Imen from Tunisia shares her experience of leading change at the Youth CSW Forum
Demand a Better Future - Anna Spencer
Anna shares her thoughts in the days leading up to the UN's 60th Commission on the Status of Women
Let your light shine - Amy Quinn-Graham
Amy Quinn-Graham reflects on what the ACTIVATE events and the Stop the Violence programme mean for girls and young women around the world.
ECOSOC Youth Forum at UN HQ in NYC
Emily Rodriguez shares her experience as a WAGGGS youth delegate participating in the Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations in New York City from 1-2 February.
Top 10 tips for being Surf Smart
In this digital age, where young people are rarely more than an arm’s reach from their devices, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from online risks.
5 ways to Connect on World Thinking Day
World Thinking Day 2016 is now less than a month away. We hope you’re getting excited to connect and celebrate our global Movement together!
International Volunteer Day
Today we celebrate International Volunteer Day.
Volunteer Voice - Heidi Jokinen
To celebrate International Volunteer Day (5 December), we are launching a series of interviews with some of our brilliant, talented, and incredibly committed volunteers across the world.