International Women's Day

WAGGGS is the charity of choice for International Women’s Day on 8 March

Inequality is holding girls back - especially those living in rural, isolated areas. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the charity of choice for International Women’s Day on 8 March. This year’s theme is #PressForProgress, which aims to advance gender equality. As we press ahead we must ensure all benefit from progress and no girl, no matter where she lives, is left behind. WAGGGS is celebrating those involved with Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in rural communities by sharing their stories and what they do to press for progress. 

International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities.

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  • Trailblazing teens from India
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How will you #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day?

We’d really like you to get involved and help us #PressForProgress.

This year we're asking all of our members, supporters and followers to make a pledge and share how you plan to support women and girls. Write your message, photograph yourself with your pledge, then share this with the tag #PledgingForProgress.

Read our Chief Executive's message here.

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Make a difference

We're the official Charity of Choice for International Women's Day. Find out how you can donate and support every girl to reach her full potential. 

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As the leading girls’ rights organisation, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world have told us how they’re not prepared to wait so long for gender equality. The current generation of girls needs to see the transformative change during their lifetime and, as an organisation, we’re committed to making that happen.


If you're part of  one of our Member Organisations, download our press release template for International Women's Day to help you reach your local and national media.

Contact our Media Manager for help and support with using the press release template: 

Megan Hunt
Communications Manager, Media
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Phone: +44 (0)20 7433 6460

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