Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Polls

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Polls

When you SPEAK OUT on U-Report your voice is heard!

By joining U-Report and answering our monthly polls on girls' rights issues your voice will be amplified! When thousands of voices speak as one we are loud and powerful!

- WAGGGS U-Report Manager

WAGGGS shares your views with global decision makers and our global network of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to make the changes you want to see in the world!

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Polls on girls' rights issues so far

August 2016: Gender issues and gender inequality

In our first poll we asked U-Reporters which gender issues mattered most to them and whether or not gender inequality was affecting their lives. 

September 2016: Violence against girls for International Day of the Girl awareness raising video

As almost 30% of U-Reporters said ending violence against girls was their main priority we designed a new poll with UNICEF for International Day of the Girl.  

October 2016: Public harassment and safe cities for girls

U-Reporters told us that street harassment was a big concern for them. WAGGGS went to UN Habitat III conference in Ecuador with a group of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to present the poll results to city mayors and national decision makers from around the world.

November 2016: Ending sexual violence in schools

For 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, we asked U-Reporters if sexual harassment was a problem in their schools. We shared the results in our global press releases with the BBC and Thomson Reuters to get girls' voices heard!

December 2016: Do gender stereotypes hold you back?

To wrap up 2016 and look forwards towards the future, we asked U-Reporters if expectations about how a boy or girl should behave held you back. We also explored what young people believe the role of men and boys should be in making girls and women feel safer. 

January 2017: Is sexual violence against girls getting worse?

To make sure your voice is heard by decision makers, WAGGGS asked U-Reporters about their perceptions of sexual violence against girls. 75% of U-Reporters told us it was getting worse, so we made sure Ministers of Youth and other government representatives at UN ECOSOC Youth Forum paid attention!

February 2017: How can girls thrive as leaders?

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting supports girls to harness their leadership potential and succeed! 61% of girls said they felt their gender affected the interests or work they could explore. In order to thrive as leaders of today and tomorrow U-Reporters want more role models and safe spaces for girls to develop skills.

March 2017: Do harmful gender norms affect how much money women earn?

WAGGGS took your views to the UN's 61st Commission on the Status of Women to tell governments how norms and values about gender affect their earning potential. 

April 2017: How does pressure about the perfect appearance affect our self-esteem and body image?

Pressure to 'look good' comes from lots of places, mostly social media, and affects how we spend our time and money. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts shared their messages of body positivity to support all girls to feel good in their own skin to celebrate Phase II of our core programme Free Being Me. 

May 2017: Does shame or lack of resources stop girls going to school during their periods?

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 11 African countries in our YESS Girls Movement helped design a poll to learn about issues girls face when they have their periods. #MyPeriodMyPride

Poll 11: Do you know about the SDGs & how are you helping to achieve them?

We asked U-Reporters if they had seen change in their society since the SDGs came into place? Almost 70% of U-Reporters told us that their governments should do more to encourage and support young people to share their views on how to improve their communities.

Poll 12: Girls around the world tell us about different forms of injustice they face in their communities.

We asked girls around the world what were the main forms of injustice they face and what has been done to fight it. 49% of the girls recognized violence as the main reason for the injustice that is affecting girls in their communities.

Poll 13: U-Reporters talk about safe, free, good quality education in their communities.

Access to education is a basic human right. Everyone young person should benefit from free & high quality schools. However, (34%) U-Reporters point out that school supplies are very expensive and schools need to improve their quality (30%). They highlighted that after formal education - the internet is their major source of information about the world.

Poll 14: What are the main barriers for girls to become leaders? Do they have to work harder?

Nearly 60% of  3,700 U-Reporters said women have to work harder than men to become leaders and 43% girls felt society holds women back. More than half U-Reporters wanted to improve their skills to become leaders.

Poll 15: Girls around the world identified the spaces they feel unsafe

Last year 71% U-Reporters said sexual harassment against girls was a problem in their school/college/uni. This year, over 6 8000 helped WAGGGS understand exactly when, where and how girls feel unsafe in their communities.

Poll 16: U-Reporters answer questions on the main nutrition problems for girls in their communities and how to best tackle them.

Lack of vitamins and feeling overweight were the main nutritional concerns for 31% and 27% respectively. In respects with what should be done to tackle these problems education was the most mentioned with 51% of U-Reporters answers.

Poll 17: Ending violence against girls information centre  

WAGGGS, UNICEF and other partners built an online Information Centre where girls can go to learn more about gender based violence, why is happens, how to stay safe and support friends when faced with it or when working to end it. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts tested the system and provided feedback to improve the service.

Poll 18: Rural girls and young women’s rights

In our largest poll yet, 130,000 U-Reporters told us the biggest issues facing rural women and girls to share at the UN with decision makers. 

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