Girl Guides and Girl Scouts going to Togo to #StoptheViolence!

23 January 2016
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In Togo, West Africa, 46 Girl Guide and Girl Scout National Trainers are gathering for the fourth regional ‘train the trainer’ ACTIVATE event, funded by Zonta International.

Stop the Violence Logo2In partnership with UN Women, the five-day ACTIVATE workshop is part of the roll-out of Voices against Violence - speak out for  – a non-formal, co-educational curriculum that sits under WAGGGS’ Stop the Violence - Speak Out for Girls' Rights campaign. Participants, who are mainly from French-speaking African and Arab region countries, will learn how to implement the curriculum and deliver it at a grassroots level.

Girls and young women experience unique challenges, discrimination and increased vulnerability because of the intersection of their sex and age, and UN Women estimates that 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide will experience violence in their lifetime. Both the Stop the Violence campaign and Voices against Violence curriculum are grounded in the understanding that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation.

One of the participants describes the unique situation that girls and young women are in in her country, especially in the face of conflict: “Girls and young women are the unique target of sexual violence in wars and conflict as a way of punishing the whole community”.

The Voices Against Violence curriculum is unique in that it is the first ever non-formal education curriculum to end violence against women and girls. It is a transformative prevention tool which aims to give young people the skills to reject gender stereotypes and take action to support healthy relationships and say no to violence. WAGGGS aims for the curriculum to reach at least 3000 Leaders by the end of 2016, who will then deliver it to 800,000 young people. 

Live #VoicesAgainstViolence Twitter Chat - 28 January 13:30 GMT

You can join the Voices Against Violence ACTIVATE trainees in Togo online for a question and answer session on Thursday 28 January at 13.30 - 14.30 GMT

Tweet the trainees on @wagggs_world or using ‪#‎VoicesAgainstViolence with your questions about their experiences and the changes they want to make in their communities

Learn more about what has taken place at previous ACTIVATE events:

Western Hemisphere ACTIVATE, New York, USA: 17th – 22nd October 2015

Asia-Pacific ACTIVATE, Sangam, India: 12th – 17th December 2014

English-speaking African ACTIVATE, Lusaka, Zambia: 17th – 22nd April 2015

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