Young women and volunteers speak out about a range of issues at local, national and international levels

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It’s time to change the story.

16 Days of Activism 2017: On International Volunteer Day, Ana María Mideros calls for a safe world for every girl

16 Days of Activism - Angela - South Africa

Violence impacts every part of life

16 Days of Activism 2017: Violence impacts how we dress, how we act and where we go

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Rebuilding a life with the Girl Guides

16 Days of Activism: “I lost my business, my reputation and my self-esteem”

Katie Dykstra

Connecting charities and supporters

The amazing app designed and built by a Girl Scout connecting charities with its volunteers

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Give girls an education

Ana Maria Mideros blogs about why girls deserve to go to school

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Girl Guides speak out for #IDG2017

Meet the Girl Guides of Rwanda breaking barriers to education!

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When I think of education, I think of…

Across Rwanda, girls can face barriers when it comes to getting an education. With the support of the Girl Guides, girls are finding ways to return to their school with the knowledge they won’t be left behind. Here, girls reveal what object represents education to them…

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Divine's story

Violence, early pregnancy, sugar daddies - growing up as a 12-year-old girl guide in rural Rwanda

Fatma and Khouloud

Girls Scouts in Tunisia tackle extremism

Les Scouts Tunisiens is combatting extremism and promoting tolerance through an innovative grassroots project...


Tunisian Girls Scouts fight for equality

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts share their experiences of what it’s like to grow up in Tunisia – and reveal why they’re committed to combatting violence, sexism and extremism…

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YESS Girls can change lives

Gorreth, 22, Uganda

Louise Kirby

Helping girls to love their bodies more

Writer Louise Kirby blogs about what Free Being Me has taught her and her daughter about body confidence...

Ruby and Angeli

Youth participation is a right!

Ruby is a Girl Guide Leader from New Zealand. She is currently in New York, attending the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development…

Angeli, Philippines

Making the SDGs mainstream

Angeli is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. She is in New York taking part in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum…

Campfire in Tunisia

First aid, campfires & the president

Last week, our World Board Chair Nicola Grinstead travelled to Tunisia with João Armando Gonçalves, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee. Here's what happened...


I deserve to be a leader

Syrian Girl Guide Leader Rim, explains how the war affected her country, the impact its had on her life and why championing girls' rights is so important to her...

Sham, Syria

Body confidence breakthrough

Girl Guide Leaders from Syria recently travelled to Sudan, joining fellow Girl Guides to train over 70 leaders on Free Being Me – a joint programme from WAGGGS and Dove, focused on empowering girls with the body confidence and the freedom to be themselves.

Joumana - World Refugee Day

Our dreams shouldn't be destroyed by war

Arriving in a new country after war broke out in Syria, Girl Guiding provided 13 year old Joumana much-needed joy and laughter

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World Refugee Day 2017

Anita Tiessen is inspired by the young people building a brighter, more tolerant world for refugees

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My life as a refugee Guide in Chad

Fleeing the war in the Central African Republic in 2002, Clarisse and her family sought refuge in Southern Chad. Her Guide unit offered friendship, support and skill development that transformed her life.

Uganda Girl Guides menstrual hygiene

Why girls must be proud of periods

WAGGGS' YESS Girls Movement is educating boys and girls about why periods are something to proud of and why myths associated with menstruation must be banished.

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Never place boundaries on your dreams

Ravina, 25, is part of the Bharat Scouts & Guides and a National Archery Player, based in Delhi, India. Drawing inspiration from her family and the Girl Guide Movement, she’s determined to put a stop to violence…


There's still a way for girls to go

Girl Guide Harini, 18, from India, girls are starting to gain small freedoms, but there's still work to be done

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Why girls and women are valuable

WAGGGS Advocacy Manager, Jean-Ann Ndow, shares her story about why she wants to put a stop to violence

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Why I want to rebuild my country

Girl Scout, Subi, reveals how her training is helping her support survivors of Nepal earthquake

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Girl Scout supports earthquake survivors

Why Nepal Girl Scout Rina Shrestha put the needs of young women first

Rob Pyke marathon runner 2017

I’m ready to run!

Rob Pyke is all set to run the London Marathon for WAGGGS on Sunday 23 April

Nigerian Girl Guides

Why we still need to care about Chibok

Joyce Sambo, 21, from Nigeria, reveals how she felt when she heard about the Chibok kidnapping nd why Girl Guides in Nigeria rallied together to make their voices heard

Alphonsine and daughter

Surviving the Rwandan genocide

"For many years I did not want to talk about it," reveals Alphonsine Kabagabo, who opens up about how she rebuilt her life after the Rwanda genocide.

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We have potential to change the world!

Eshi shares her experience at the Helen Storrow Seminar 2017

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Girl Guides and Girl Scouts pen letters

Ten excerpts from letters written by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world


Why body confidence matters

Why girls must be given the opportunity to develop body confidence

Robert Pyke

My first marathon

Unilever's Financial Director Robert Pyke runs his first marathon for WAGGGS

Emma U-Report

Girl Scout rocks ECOSOC

Emma Brushaber, 18, USA

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The price of not valuing gender equality

Anita Tiessen, CEO

CSW61 Delegates

CSW - A whirlwind of a week

Youth delegation speaks out at Commission on Status of Women

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