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.
The MOs currently implementing Her World, Her Voice projects are giving young people across their organisations the opportunity to make their voices heard as U-Reporters, supported by a youth working group.
A ‘Her World, Her Voice’ Fund, open to all our MOs is now open for applications. MOs can apply for up to 12,000 USD to support new or existing projects related to themes of equity, empowerment and engagement.
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, and 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 support the support their organisation can provide for their advocacy projects. Work is also being carried out to ensure that 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.