Giving a voice to girls and young women in underrepresented communities

22 July 2020
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In a new partnership, we are coming together with GenU and UNICEF’s U-Report with support of The UPS Foundation to empower girls and young women in underrepresented communities.

The partnership aims to work with WAGGGS’ network of 10 million girls, young women and volunteers across 150 countries and leverage our expertise in non-formal education to benefit girls and young women in underrepresented communities. It is supported by The UPS Foundation, amplified by UNICEF’s U-Report – a free tool for community led youth participation – and will utilise GenU’s evidence and insight in shaping the global debate on young women’s empowerment.


The programme will initially enable young women across five countries – Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico and India – to access quality non-formal education and the opportunities it will bring them. By working directly at a country led level, bringing together insights from a large pool of young people through U-Report polls and using this data to advocate for positive change for girls and young women, we aim to globally advance the gender balance.

“At WAGGGS we believe this partnership has the potential to deliver real impact to girls and young women globally. By working with GenU, UNICEF’s U-Report and The UPS Foundation, we aim to not only work closely at a country level, but also ensure that this work feeds into a global voice for girls and young women. We want to build a strong evidence base for young women’s engagement and empowerment that can be mobilized on the global stage.”

Imogen Fitzpatrick, Head of Strategic Partnerships at WAGGGS.

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More about this programme

WAGGGS will work together with GenU, girls and young women, to develop a programme name. This will be entirely girl-led and will be launched in line with phase two of the programme, along with the introduction of demand-based grants to expand the work to other countries throughout the world.

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