Inspiring a global movement of confident change-makers: tackling image inequality and all forms of violence against girls
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

As the largest youth movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) supports girls and young women to become active global citizens through non formal-education, the development of shared values and leadership practice. We use evidenced based approach to empower young women to innovatively tackle local and global issues on ending all forms of violence against girls (SDG16.2, SDG5) violence and body image and self-esteem (SDG3.4), which impacts girls at all stages of their lives.

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge in the lives of girls and young women around the world. This global pandemic is exposing the existing inequalities across our societies and highlights the specific risks and vulnerabilities that girls and young women face. These deep-rooted inequalities and social issues are barriers to girls living safe, healthy and full lives.

The interactive session will be led by girls who will share learnings and experiences of their participation in our innovative programmes such as Girls as Drivers of Change and on body confidence and self-esteem in Nepal, Uganda and Jordan. The session focuses on the intersectionality of issues that face young women as they campaign on the ground in their communities and on their digital activism online as they reach a wider global audience.

Every girl deserves the opportunity to reach her full potential and fully participate in life. Key to this are action programmes that empower girls and young women to build projects in their communities and their own bright future – economically, professionally, societally, personally - without fear and violence.

We invite our key partners who have supported the work of girls as changemakers to share their statements on the importance of collaboration. We will call on NGOs, CSOs and governments to take a pledge and commit to implementation of SDGs to improve the lives of all girls.

United Nations