WAGGGS has joined forces with GenerationUnlimited and UNICEF's U-Report to engage and empower girls and young women from diverse backgrounds, and spur new thinking on youth engagement.
Funded by the UPS Foundation as part of our long-running partnership, the ‘Her World, Her Voice’ programme is running across five Member Organisation (MO) countries – Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico and India.
By bringing together insights from young people through U-Report youth consultations, and working with GenerationUnlimited to advocate for positive changes on a global and national level, we aim to make great strides towards a more gender equal and inclusive world.
In Rwanda, the Rwanda Girl Guides Association are developing a monitoring and evaluation framework to better understand girls’ and young women’s expectations from Guiding. They will also establish new Guide groups in primary and secondary schools where there are a high percentage of girls with disabilities.
In India, Bharat Scouts and Guides are recruiting thousands of 17 to 25 year-olds into Guiding and Scouting as Rangers. Their members will also be given access to a new ‘My Rights and Me’ empowerment programme, with training on running their own advocacy projects.
In Mexico, the Guias de Mexico, are focusing on improving the advocacy skills of young women and their group leaders as well as the support that their organisation can provide for their advocacy projects. The Association is also working to ensure Girl Guides who are unable to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions, continue to be included and involved remotely.
In South Africa, the Girl Guides of South Africa, are working on improving Monitoring and Evaluation processes so they can identify areas where they can involve new girls in Guiding and better retain current members. New group leaders will be trained, and new, relevant programmes will be introduced.
In Nigeria, the Girl Guides Association of Nigeria are strengthening their governance and monitoring and evaluation processes, building the skills of those in leadership. They will also be using project funds to: help roll out an exciting new national curriculum; strengthen their members’ capacity to speak out and take action; and grow their membership.
The Member Organisations who are currently implementing Her World, Her Voice projects are also all giving young people across their organisations, the opportunity to make their voices heard as U-Reporters in partnership with UNICEF's U-Report.
‘Child Ashram’ is an orphanage for girls who were stolen, abandoned or harassed in their childhood. They have now been given a new start in life. The support offered by Guide Leader, Ms Radhika Triveni, has enabled older girls at the orphanage to be registered as Rangers for the first time.
Radhika explains, “Being Rangers in the Bharat Guides and Scouts (BSG) opens up the opportunity for these girls to become trainers, leaders, and directors in BSG. Scouting is a new experience and world for them as they were not able to get this love and compassion from their parents and families...The girls already feel more confident and have told me they are ready to face any challenge in making a change in this world.”