Find out more about the WAGGGS delegates who attended the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
My journey with WAGGGS started in 2013, when I got the chance to participate in my first Stop the Violence training. Following that, I had the opportunity to join the team of Lead Facilitators for the Voices against Violence curriculum and participate as a youth delegate at the Commission on the Status of Women in 2014 and as delegate coordinator in 2015.
On a personal level, it is of course a great honour to represent WAGGGS at an event such as this year’s UN General Assembly, and I hope to support the delegation to the best of my ability, through my previous UN experience as well as personal skills. The world will be looking at the UN at this historic moment, and we will make sure that WAGGGS is as visible as possible.
WAGGGS has played a very active part in the post-2015 process, and our presence at the summit will prove that we are prepared to be just as active when it comes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. I strongly believe that guides & scouts around the world have a vital part to play in the realisation of the goals - as responsible citizens of the world, as agents of change, prepared to bring about development on a community level, as well as holding decision makers accountable on a national and international level.
I first fell in love with Guiding when I was 10 years old. Now, after many years of involvement, I am one of the Lead Facilitators for WAGGGS’ Stop the Violence program, as well as the International Commissioner for Girl Guides Association Malaysia.
I’m very thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to carry on my passion through WAGGGS’ international engagements at this year’s UN General Assembly (UN GA). I consider it as a personal achievement in recognition of the work that I have been carrying on. It has given me a renewed sense of responsibility and pride of the work we have been and will be doing. I hope to give my fullest support for WAGGGS and galvanize people around me to achieve our goals at the UN GA by promoting and brining attention to all the issues we have planned to highlight.
WAGGGS has been a respected representative of girls and young women at United Nations’ General Assembly since 2011 and involved in supporting UN programs in many ways. Hence, it’s an absolute must that we be a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to keep the momentum going around all the important work we have been doing in the past few years and for our voices to be heard loud and clear. This is not only to showcase what we have achieved, but also to give a glimpse, through our example, of a better world where women are empowered and treated equally.
I first got involved in Girl Scouting in 2004, when I became a Troupe Leader. In addition to my tasks as Troupe Leader, from 2005 to 2007, I was also a team member of the GOLD Project and ANKOAY Project - projects which aimed to fight HIV/AIDS - within my association, Mpanazava eto Madagasikara. At the regional and international level, I represented WAGGGS at international youth meetings and conferences, where I advocated for the involvement of girls and young women in the decision-making process. Then in 2013, I was selected as one of WAGGGS’ Post-2015 Ambassadors.
It is a great honour to attend the UN General Assembly on behalf of WAGGGS. For me, it is an opportunity to raise up Malagasy and African girls’ voices. This does mean a lot hard work and a big responsibility for me, as I will play a specific role in trying to make the world we want for girls a reality. I hope that I will be able to highlight the ways that African women are agents of change in their communities and nations.
Over the two past years, WAGGGS has run consultations on what the post-2015 development agenda should look like and gathered the voices of girls and young women all around the world. In order to ensure that these voices will be heard and taken into account, WAGGGS must be part of the UN summit on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And as the largest volunteer association for girls and young women in the world, WAGGGS will play a key role in the implementation of this 2030 agenda and carrying these goals forward.