"The WAGGGS Leadership project has changed my perception on leadership. I now see leadership as a way of being as opposed to having a title or position. I am more conscious of who I am and how I behave since whatever is happening in my environment is a reflection of who I am as a leader. I believe that the girls and young women who will be part of this project will be able to see themselves as leaders, practice the leadership Mindsets in their everyday life and bring positive change in their spaces."
By the age of 14, a girls’ self-confidence has dropped 30% and research shows that girls and young women are not motivated to lead for the sake of leading, envision themselves as leaders or gain status. However, girls who have leadership experiences when they are young are more likely to be leaders as they grow up and more able to recognise and tackle gender bias.
Our partnership with the Barrett Family Foundation and the Eric Frank Trust is enabling us to test and roll out our leadership programme in Kenya. We are using the funding to train and support girls and young women across the country to develop their leadership practice and fulfil their potential as active global citizens.
In addition to improved leadership outcomes for Girl Guides in Kenya, this project is providing us with the data and learnings to scale our leadership work across the global Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting network.