The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica are taking a stand to end violence against women and girls.
We aim to raise £15,000 to kickstart a Stop the Violence national campaign in Costa Rica to empower young people to create a world free of violence against women and girls.
With your support, we can make this happen.
This project is match funded !
A group of our generous donors in the USA have pledged to match all donations given to this campaign.
Currently, they have pledged 40% of the value of any donation. That means that every £1 donated will be worth £1.40, so your donations will have an even greater impact!
What will we do with £15,000?
We will hold three national 'Voices against Violence' training events, for a total of 144 Guide and Scout Leaders. The four-day events will be led by two WAGGGS-trained National Facilitators (Zahyra and Anayancy) who will educate the participants on violence against women and girls and its prevention.
Our youth-led training events provide access to the knowledge and tools which young people need to discover their potential as agents of change, and transform their communities.
What will the participants learn and why is it important?
The best way to end violence against women and girls is to prevent it from happening in the first place, and to prevent reoccurrence. Education is the key to this.
That's why UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) jointly developed “Voices against Violence,” a non-formal co-educational programme for children and youth aged 5 - 25 years.
The programme educates children and young people to:
- Understand their right to live without violence and discrimination
- Identify different forms of violence
- Gain the skills and confidence to speak out and take action to prevent violence
At the training events, Guide and Scout Leaders learn how to deliver this programme to others. They then return to their region and train their peers, who in turn pass the training to their peers, transferring knowledge from one to many. It is entirely youth-led: young people empowering young people to transform their communities.
This is just the beginning
The three training events are the spark for a nation-wide campaign. Over two years, the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica will reach 13,000 young people.
At each of the four Phases of the campaign, young people will educate more young people, raising their whispers to a shout. The voices of so many cannot be ignored.
The WAGGGS Cascade model means that a campaign starting with Zahyra and Anayancy, two trained young women, will go on to reach 13,000 young people. That includes Guide and Scout Leaders, Guides and Scouts, and crucially members of the community, both young and old.
Your donation is not just an investment in Guiding and Scouting. By involving governments, local partner organizations, parents, families and schools, the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica are helping to transform an entire community, and, we hope, an entire country.
What is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the world's largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women. Our diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 146 countries.
For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide, supporting and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens of the world.
What is Stop the Violence?
6 in 10 girls and women around the world will experience violence in their lifetimes. Yet there are too few conversations, too little action, poor data and limited investment to stop the violence. In 2011 we decided to take action to end this.
So we launched the Stop the Violence campaign, our first global advocacy campaign, which encouraged girls and young women to raise awareness, learn, speak out, contribute to research and policy, and take action.
Thank you for helping us to bring an end to violence against women and girls in Costa Rica
- Find out more detailed information about this campaign
- Read examples of past 'Voices against Violence' training events in India and Portugal
- See articles from UN Women on Voices against Violence
- Discover powerful personal stories from our Leaders in Grenada, Nigeria and Sri Lanka
Tax Deductible donations for US donors
If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to this campaign, you can do so through the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. It won't count towards the total on this website, but will be sent to WAGGGS in October this year and allocated to the same project.
The World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1971 and granted 501(c)(3) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.