, Assistant Manager - Market Development, Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) / Committee Member of Asia Pacific Region - 2007-2013
at Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) / World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
Where we are: The regions are very different. Arab Region is the youngest. Africa region is the fastest growing. Asia Pacific is the other region that is growing (India, Sri Lanka. Cambodia, Taiwan). Western Hemisphere is great in diversity . Europe region has the oldest Member Organizations. But they are all unified by the spirit of Guiding..
World Board is governing body of WAGGGS. 5 Regional Chairs sit as full voting members of the World Board. 12 other elected members CEO is ex-officio
AP incredibly diverse in religions, ethnicity, cultures, history. Cambodia is latest Full Member in 2011 Mongolia and Cook Islands working towards Full Membership in 2014
Greetings from the Asia Pacific Committee – introduce the members, give professional profile and where they are from.
We are 100 years old WAGGGS just celebrated the 100 years of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
This is the new vision of WAGGGS for next triennium, which could be also continued after 2014 Vision – what does it mean to AP? For AP, we will continue to strengthen the quality of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to ensure the programmes are relevant and challenging. Reaching out to more members challenges us to develop a diversified, innovative approach to recruit committed leaders with the right skills and penetrate the underrepresented groups. We will support MOs to engage and challenge girls and young women to develop skills for life and to be the agents of change in the world. Mission remains the same Goals: They are our joint aspirations; to reach out to more girls around the world, and to give them skills to be leaders of the future as we give girls skills to enable them to take action. The two goals balance the internal and external focus of WAGGGS. At a time when WAGGGS wants to strengthen its place in the global arena, it is still critical that we strengthen our MOs, infrastructure, have good governance, structure & management and leadership. Without strong MOs, WAGGGS will not be strong. Goal 1 talks about leadership development at all levels, succession planning, and providing more opportunities for girls and young women. Goal 2 refers to the relevance and voice of girls. The two goals reflect all that we have learned in the past 100 years but particularly since 2006 when the current three goals were introduced. As we look at the evolution of the organization, it becomes more apparent that MOs will grow when there is good leadership and they are relevant to society. It also means that when our MOs reach these 2 goals the organization is strong and growing.
WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT) is girls worldwide say “together we can change our world,” which focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The GAT is an educational programme that everyone can get involved with! Girls work to achieve the GAT Badge. Ask if anyone has bought the badges for their girls
Another important work that is related to the Global Action Theme is the work of Advocacy in WAGGGS. This is related to Goal 2, empower G and yw to be agents of change How does WAGGGS make advocacy happen? You may ask why are girls ‘advocating’? WAGGGS’ Vision is to be the voice of girls and young women to build a better world. Advocacy is about speaking out and taking action to influence others and bring about positive change. We not only speak out on behalf of girls and young women everywhere, but also empower young women to advocate for themselves. WAGGGS advocacy work focuses on helping achieve the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals , specifically on getting governments and people to invest in girls and young women to help solve many of the issues we now face. The MDGs are the CONTENT we advocate on by putting girls at the centre of everything we do and giving them a voice is supporting them to participate in advocating directly. Since governments are commited to achieve the MDGs, we believe being the world largest organization for girls, we can play a big part in our work with and through girls
Advocacy in WAGGGS through participation at global Level: CSW in New York – The Commissioner on the Status of Women is a functional commissioner of the UN dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women. WAGGGS has been bringing youth delegations to the commission since 2007, and champions the important role that girls and young women can, and must, play at the commission. It also provides a space for young women to develop their skills as advocates, leaders and change-makers and to take these skills back home and apply them to their local communities and guiding projects. COP 15, 16 and 17 - WAGGGS seeks to influence decision-making at global level to ensure a stable climate and sustainable environment for the generations to come. WAGGGS has participated in Cop 15 and 16 and now COP 17 iat Durban, South Africa from 28 Nov to 9 Dec. The COP 17 delegation also promotes our MOs work to help save the planet, in this case with a focus on Africa The official UN Observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was on November 23 at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and Pascaline Umulisa, a Girl Guide from spoke with youth activists from around the world about their initiatives on ending violence against women and girls. She later joined Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and Director Michelle Bachelet on the panel to discuss the important leadership role girls and young women have in stopping violence.
Another exciting event for WAGGGS is the Global Advocacy Campaign which was launched at the 34 th World Conference in Edinburgh in July 2011. The Campaign ”Stop the Violence, speak out for Girl rights” will reach out to girls and young women across the world, educating and empowering them to work towards change in both their own communities and the wider global community. How can you be involved Add your voice to the campaign. We aim to collect 10000 voices by 10 Apr Take part in the 16 days of end the violence campaign from 25 Nov – 10 Dec, you can join the webinar on 30 Nov Join the advocacy network 10 April 2011 At a global level, we will support this action by holding a series of Stop the Violence events in our World Centres. WAGGGS will support Member Organizations to deliver effective advocacy and campaign programmes to their members and to directly influence issues at the local, national, regional and international level. AP will support this campaign and we will have exciting opportunities for girls and young women.
Young Women’s World Forum, in short YWWF. The aim is to get 600 young women to attend the forum in 3 years. The theme will be the MDG & GAT. the objectives are: To enable delegates to develop their skills to facilitate change at all levels To form a shared vision of WAGGGS’ contributing to the achievement of the MDGs To create a declaration outlining ways in which WAGGGS and other stakeholders can contribute towards the achievement of the MDGs To generate ideas to influence WAGGGS’s vision 2020 2010: GGUK 18 – 25 David Cameron came, 170 delegates from 90 MOs. This YWWF created a declaration calling on WAGGGS and Member Organizations, civil society and governments to make a change in every country across the world. 2011; 4 world centres, age 20 -30, 182 participants 2012: Girls’ World Forum organized by GSUSA for 14-18 years in July 2012 in Chicago
This is the third and final centenary celebration event. Member Organizations can send 2 girl delegates between ages 14 to 18 and 1 young adult volunteer. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this historical event!
WAGGGS in the past year continues to produce resources and badge work for its members. These are related to issues faced by Guides. Global Action Theme (GAT) Badge Curriculum: The WAGGGS GAT Badge is an activity pack that helps children and young people to learn about the MDGs and take action on the issues that affect them and their communities. There is a wide range of activities for your members to choose from, and they can decide which level of the badge they would like to work towards. Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge: WAGGGS and the FAO have developed a new Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge to make young people aware of the issues of environmental protection and food security and inspire them to be an active part of solving the problems. Biodiversity Challenge Badge: WAGGGS/FAO/CBD Biodiversity Challenge Badge curriculum. Set of educational resources on biodiversity, which will help teachers and youth leaders develop a programme of learning, participation and action.
Centenary activity packs: One activity pack for each celebration year of 2010, 2011 and 2012. The centenary badge may be presented to Girl Guides and Girl Scouts who successfully complete a Centenary Celebration Day activity. They can collect a new badge each year. If at the end of the three centenary years your members have successfully completed activities on each Centenary Celebration Day, why not reward them with the deluxe centenary badge which when sewn together with the 2010, 2011 and 2012 badges, form a rectangle. The centenary badges can also be purchased and worn simply in celebration of the centenary. World Thinking Day activity pack: This is available every year. The new activity pack for World Thinking Day 2012 is packed with lots of fun and educational activities, extra information on the theme of environmental sustainability, plus ideas for how you can speak out on environmental issues. There are activities for all ages, and we also have a list of fundraising ideas to make your events as successful as possible. AIDS Badge Curriculum: an important WAGGGS project, undertaken in partnership with ICASO and UNAIDS. The AIDS badge helps girls and young women to learn about HIV and AIDS by doing a number of activities especially designed for the age ranges within Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting. Olympia Badge: The new version of the Olympia Badge was launched in 2008 . The aim of the badge is promote the WAGGGS message to ’discover your potential’ in many different ways, including sport. To celebrate the fact that the Games of the XXIX Olympiad was held in Beijing in 2008, Hong Kong Girl Guides Association has been working with WAGGGS to bring you the new Olympia Badge with a Chinese flavour. All these toolkits are available for download in WAGGGS’ website / Members’ Area while the badges are available for sale in WAGGGS online shop. Do encourage your members to work for the badges.
All these resources are available for download in the Members’ Area except the HIV/AIDS Training Toolkit which is available in WAGGGS Shop at GBP 11.99 Strategic Partnerships toolkit – How to build successful partnerships Exploring your Leadership – WAGGGS Leadership Support Resource Material Succession Planning Toolkit – another support materials for leadership development We can save our planet – Guidelines for WAGGGS members to promote non-formal climate change education to decision-makers HIV and AIDS Training Toolkit - a collation of best practice thinking about how girls and young women can help in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Member Organizations can use this training toolkit to equip leaders in their organization with the knowledge, experience and tools to support girls and young women in combating this disease. WAGGGS Advocacy Toolkit – developed in 2008 as a toolkit to support and encourage young people to speak out, educate and take action
Partnership Visits : 1. enables MOs and AP Region to have a better understanding of each other’s development and performance. 2. AP shares ideas from around the Region with Mos. 3. leads to better prioritization of plans and formulation of effective working strategies. 4. For SAGNOs, it is done jointly with Scouts.
AP Resource Pool replaced the AP Training Pool in 2009, with similar aim to help MOs strengthen GGGS in the area of Education Programme, S… (above) and Advocacy The AP Resource Pool comprised members who specialized in specific areas identified by the AP Committee but they need not necessarily be Trainers in their MOs. Eleven RP members have been appointed this triennium.
AP has many projects to support the work of the region as well as the MOs: Project 3 L stands for Life Long Learning and obtains its financial support from the Friends fund. It funds projects of MO that provide life long learning skills to young women. ex. India had a project educate their members in human right and gender equality. Fiji (photo) sewing skills for members, now sewing uniforms to sell. Cambodia had project teaching their member handcraft skills. Now selling products in weekend market, generating income for Association. Nepal had a project involving computer classes at the HQ The AP Leaders Awards is the region’s awards to recognise members who served well in the MO for at least 5 years and meet the criteria. There are 3 categories: Award for Troop/Unit leaders, Award for Commissioners and Award for Volunteers who have given outstanding service to Guiding. Please note the deadline and submit your nominations as soon as possible. Each awardee will receive a pin and a certificate. The AP Region Appreciation Award is the highest award given by the Asia Pacific Region, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to honour individuals who have given outstanding service and contribution to the development of Girl Guiding Girl Scouting in the Region. The award is presented once every three years and awardees will receive a certificate and an exclusive pin. More information about these are available in AP website
The new AP website was launched in Jan 2010. Members Area: you can all get a password to access the Members Area. There you will find a wide array of resources, news and information. The pages are colourful and there are many sites to explore. A new feature is that MOs can even submit their own news, events and articles online.
AP Link News – this is a newsletter that is available online and published 3 times a year. You can sign up to receive via your personal email. Please continue to submit articles and original format JPEG photos as this is a good tool to inform our members, Friends of AP, partners and donors of our activities.
Asia Pacific Region and WAGGGS - January 2012
WORLD ASSOCIATION OF GIRL GUIDES & GIRL SCOUTS ASIA PACIFIC REGION
World’s largest organization for girls and young women <ul><li>10 million members </li></ul><ul><li>145 Countries </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>50 World Bureau Staff in London </li></ul><ul><li>45 Staff in the Regions and World Centres </li></ul>
5 WAGGGS Regions Africa Region 31 Member Organizations Arab Region 14 Member Organizations Asia Pacific Region 25 Member Organizations Europe Region 39 Member Organizations Western Hemisphere Region 36 Member Organizations
WAGGGS Today... <ul><li>4 World Centres </li></ul>Pax Lodge – UK Sangam - India Our Cabana – Mexico Our Chalet - Switzerland
World’s largest organization for girls and young women <ul><li>17 World Board members </li></ul>
ASIA PACIFIC REGION <ul><li>2.6 million members </li></ul><ul><li>25 Countries </li></ul>
Asia Pacific Region <ul><li>25 Member Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Australia , Bangladesh , Brunei , Cambodia , Cook Islands , Fiji , Hong Kong , India , Japan , Kiribati , Korea , Malaysia , Maldives , Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand , Pakistan, Papua New Guinea , Philippines, Singapore , Solomon Islands , Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand , Tonga </li></ul>
AP REGIONAL COMMITTEE 2010 -2013 <ul><li>6 AP Committee members </li></ul>
AP REGIONAL STAFF Ching Ching Wee Ong Regional Director Grace Tam Development Executive Kat Charcos Development Executive
Vision All girls and young women are valued and take action to change the world . Mission To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world. Goal 1 Provide more opportunities for girls and young women to grow and lead. Goal 2 Empower girls and young women to be agents of change in the world.
WAGGGS Today <ul><li>girls worldwide say </li></ul><ul><li>“ together we can change our world” </li></ul><ul><li>UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) </li></ul>Global Action Theme (GAT)
WAGGGS Today ADVOCACY Voice of girls and young women to build a better world .
WAGGGS Today Young Women @ UN Commission on the Status of Women New York Young Women @ Climate Change Conference COP15, COP16 & COP17 Young Woman @ UN Observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
WAGGGS Today <ul><li>Add you voice! 10 000 voices </li></ul><ul><li>16 Days campaign from 25 Nov - W ebinar on 30 Nov at 11pm </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy network </li></ul><ul><li>10 APRIL 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Events at World Centres </li></ul><ul><li>MO national campaign </li></ul>Global Advocacy Campaign
WAGGGS Today Young Women World Forum 2010 ●2011 ●2012 600 young women
WAGGGS Today Girls’ World Forum 12-16 July 2012 Chicago, USA
AP Resource Pool Educational Programme Strategic Leadership Information Technology Marketing Fund Development Advocacy AP Today
AP Project 3L Life long learning: life skills , management skills or technical and technological skills to young women AP Leaders Award 3 categories: troop/unit leaders, commissioners and volunteers Deadline: 30 November 2011 AP Region Appreciation Award Highest award in the AP Region. Given out once every 3 years at the Regional Conference AP Today