Ugandan Girl Guides stand up for human rights at Girls as Drivers of Change programme launch

10 December 2019
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Today is Human Rights Day which aligns with the last day of 2019 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

We are joining organisations around the world to highlight the essential role of Youth Standing Up for Human Rights in order to achieve sustainable development by creating positive change in communities.

This week we launched our new Girls as Drivers of Change programme by holding two launch events in Uganda, as part of WAGGGS 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender-based violence.

About the Girls as Drivers of Change programme

Girls as Drivers of Change is a programme running under the combined efforts of Save the Children, World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts and Girl Guides and The Uganda Girl Guides Association.

Together we are using the strength of WAGGGS Voices against Violence curriculum and the reach of Save the Children to deliver an impactful experience for girls and young women, focusing on ending gender-based violence through education, raising awareness, lobbying and community action.

Launch event in Uganda

The launch event took place on 6th and 9th December where Girl Guides, Group Leaders and members of local community came together to stand up against gender-based violence. The launch began with a peace walk from Burden Powell Building, Kampala followed by a live panel talk and workshops in Kantaga village.

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Girls carried Stop The Violence messages and banners in a peace walk to stand up against street violence.

Over the two event days, Guides and Group Leaders looked at ways that the community can work together better to end Gender-Based Violence within the community and country. Guests were invited to give speeches and get involved in discussion groups and activities.

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Children in the community got involved in activity groups by drawing messages of peace.

Next steps for the programme

The next steps for the programme will be for programme leaders to deliver the curriculum to WAGGGS Girl Guide units and Save the Children Girl clubs in Uganda and Jordan. As girls complete the Voices against Violence curriculum in Phase one by earning their challenge badge, they will also identify which forms of violence against girls they want to work on in their community and propose women leaders they want to meet.

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Phase one of the project took place in Uganda this October

For the next Phase of this pilot project, girls will take part in phase two of the programme, where they will attend a 3-day ‘Solution Labs’ event. Girls will share problems they face in their community related to violence against girls and brainstorm to find solutions. Inspiring women leaders in their community will act as mentors.

After Phase two of the programme takes place in Uganda and Jordan, girls will be able to share the solutions they have discussed at solution labs and work in their groups to prepare proposals to be funded by the project’s Girl Fund and implement their solutions.

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We would like to thank Peoples Postcode Lottery for funding the Girls as Drivers of Change project and supporting us in our vision to build a better and safer world for girls and young women.

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