The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has 10 million members in 146 countries around the world.
We sent a delegation of young women from Girl Guide and Girl Scout member organizations around the world to participate in the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) and the inaugural Youth CSW Forum.
The Commission meets all year, but culminates annually in a session that brings together all UN Member States and NGOs to discuss the priority theme. In 2016, CSW60's priority theme was the empowerment of women and its link to sustainable development.
Our delegates set out to convince everyone that girls and young women are valuable and must be included in global conversations as agents of change.
They urged government delegates and other NGO representatives to consider girls as uniquely affected by global issues.
They raised the visibility of girls and young women and asked to be included in discussion and decision-making on issues that affect them.
Delegates shared the successes of our Free Being Me and Voices Against Violence programs to illustrate the transformative power of non-formal education - and support our call to recognize non-formal education as a tool to empower girls and young women.