Her World, Her Voice
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) , Generation Unlimited (GenU) and UNICEF’s U-Report have come together with the support of The UPS Foundation to give girls and young women from underrepresented backgrounds a voice by ensuring that they can make an impact in their communities and that their voices are counted and heard.
This unique partnership aims to work with WAGGGS’ network of 10 million girls and young women, one million volunteers across 150 countries and organizational expertise in non-formal education to benefit girls and young women in underrepresented communities. It will be supported by The UPS Foundation, amplified by UNICEF’s U-Report – a free tool for community led youth participation – and will utilize GenU’s evidence and insight in shaping the global debate on young women’s empowerment.
The program, named “Her World, Her Voice”, will initially enable young women across five countries – Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico and India – to access quality non-formal education and the opportunities it will bring them. This innovative partnership leverages the unique strengths of each organization in order to make the biggest difference for girls and young women. By working directly at a country led level, bringing together insights from a large pool of young people through U-Report polls and using this data to advocate for positive change for girls and young women, we aim to globally advance the gender balance.
In Rwanda, Her World, Her Voice has the following objectives:
Equipping girls and young women with the means to improve their own socio-economic conditions and ties everlasting friends.
Encouraging positivity and changing negative attitude regarding stereotypes, violence and exploitation vis-à-vis girls with disabilities
Enabling young women become the voice and advocate for issues that affect girls within their communities.
AGR will deliver the project in Western Province by establishing Guiding in primary and secondary schools (3 primary schools and 3 secondary schools). Each troop will recruit at least 10% of girls with disabilities.
The purpose of this social mobilization is to ensure inclusion of girls with disabilities in other educational settings and community work conducted by the troop.
Read more information about Her World, Her Voice here.