Report from Young Women’s World Forum

By Amy Spark

The Young Women's World Forum (YWWF) was brilliant, particularly the sharing with everyone present about our lives; how Guides works in every country; sharing our problems with Guides and problems Guides are facing and solutions to these problems, which turned out to be pretty similar the world over; sharing our ideas for the world and how we think we can make the world a better place. There was a lot of hard work and lot of fun night time activities including joining in with the finale of Girl Guiding UK's centenary, Vision and a ceilidh.

A particular highlight for me was the keynote speech by Leymah Gbowee who is the leader of a group of women in Liberia known as the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace.  This group brought together Muslim and Christian women and ended the civil war in their country in 2003.   From her speech we coined the quote for the forum 'little steps, huge impact, lifetime legacy'. Other points of interest were: talking to the WAGGGS advocacy reps, especially about their HIV program; and the final day when there was debate and ideas were discussed on the floor with everyone, to hear about the declaration and what we wanted included. And I got to stand and make myself heard and be listened to. We concluded by presenting the final Young Women's World Forum 2010 declaration to WAGGGS knowing it is a good document and represented the view of the majority of the delegates. You can view this declaration at: http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/resources/document/view/21292

Getting involved in any of the Young Women's World Forums to come would be very worthwhile. They will be amazing for the opportunities to meet people from all over the world and to discuss that world and make an impact on it and WAGGGS’ policies.

(Three young women are representing Girl Guides Australia at YWWF at Pax Lodge, Our Cabana and Our Chalet during March 2011 and you will be able to read their stories on their return.  Look out for the 2012 YWWF which will be hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA in 2012. The focus for all three events will be the WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme, girls worldwide say “together we can change our world” which addresses the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).)

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  1. Hi everyone!
    My name is Brianna and I’m from 1st West Bexley Girl Guides. I’ve been doing guides for 2 (really 3 years) And I love it! Last year i won an award from the: “My Best Centenary” Competiton under the Story catagory. with the voucher I bought a doll( named Bella) and a cap. I wanna give a shout out to my guide unit saying “hello!”
    I gotta go now,
    By everyone! Brianna.

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