Are you passionate about girls' rights? Do you have expertise you'd like to share on ending violence? Do you want to support WAGGGS' advocacy work by contributing ideas and taking the lead in your Member Organisation?
The World Association’s Advocacy Network is an umbrella group that allows individual Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to stay closely connected to our advocacy work. In 2015 we are relaunching this network to include thematic, functional and advisory groups in which we will be looking for specific expertise to shape the direction of our advocacy work and policy in particular areas, and bring together all of our existing advocacy groups. Any Girl Guide or Girl Scout, Leader or Volunteer over the age of 18 will be able to apply to be part of this general Advocacy Network, and provided they fit the criteria they will also be eligible to apply for the thematic, functional and/or advisory groups. Keep an eye on the general advocacy network on the main website to see when the relaunched network is up and running and for more information about how to apply to the different groups.
Violence against girls and young women thematic group
One of the thematic groups within the Advocacy Network will be on violence against girls and young women and this will be one of the key ways individual Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can involve themselves and their Member Organisation in the Stop the Violence campaign. We will be looking for passionate individuals who have interest and/or expertise in violence against girls and who can commit to a two-year term as part of this thematic group.
Your role and responsibilities would include:
- Reviewing and providing feedback on Stop the Violence campaign materials, ensuring they represent the views of young women in our movement
- Contributing ideas on how to move the Stop the Violence campaign forward
- Building the capacity of your Member Organisation to create a tailored and appropriate national action plan for working on violence against girls and young women in your country and communities
- Promoting activities, calls to action and initiatives from WAGGGS related to violence against girls and the Stop the Violence campaign to your Member Organisation and within your own networks and communities
- Connecting and building relationships with decision-makers within your country who can influence national and local decisions on issues related to violence against girls and young women and speak to them about what Girl Guides and Girl Guides want to happen to prevent and eliminate violence
The criteria we will be looking for you to fill is:
- Be involved in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in your Member Organization in any capacity (e.g. you do not have to be an active Unit Leader)
- Should have regular access to the internet and be fluent in English, French or Spanish
- Have experience, knowledge and/or skills in at least one of the following areas: campaigning, lobbying, awareness raising, non-formal education, policy development, research, communications (including social media), partnerships, education and programme development and/or fundraising
- Have an interest in gender equality and/or international development and have knowledge of, and commitment to, issues relating to girls, young women and women, specifically gender-based violence
- Have a basic understanding of the issue of violence against girls and young women and have ideas of how WAGGGS and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world can add value to efforts to prevent and eliminate the violence
- Be working or volunteering on community action or advocacy campaigns on issues related to the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls
- Be familiar with WAGGGS’ global advocacy campaign, Stop the Violence – speak out for girls’ rights, and have carried out work within at least one of the five pillars of the campaign (awareness raising, education, research, lobbying and formulating national action plans)
- Be able to dedicate at least two hours a week to the work within the violence against girls and young women thematic group. Depending on the number of tasks and opportunities available at any one time, and WAGGGS current priorities, this may or may not incorporate the hour a week that the general advocacy network will take up
If you think this opportunity would be right for you, keep an eye on this page to find out when we begin accepting applications. Please note, acceptance into this thematic group will depend on gaining endorsement from your Member Organisation.
More information coming soon!