Making a difference at the UN


Attending events, making friends world-wide and tackling gender equality at the highest level, leader Emma shares her experience after representing the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

1. Speaking out

It was incredible having the chance to attend CSW62 and be able to tell influential government figures about all the great work Girlguiding does around the world. I got to meet and chat to Members of Parliament and members of the Government Equalities Office about how the organisation has and continues to empower girls and young women and change their lives.

2. Learning from other charities

I attended lots of talks from organisations like the Girl Scouts of the USA and Plan International. It was great learning about the different ways other charities from around the world have managed to make a difference and improve the lives of girls everywhere. I came away feeling more inspired than ever before.

3. Body confidence

One of the highlights was having the opportunity to share what WAGGGS and Girlguiding do to empower girls and young women. Our group ran a session open to everyone around WAGGGS’ Free Being Me body confidence programme. Free Being Me sessions are a fantastic way to help girls recognise beauty myths, grow in confidence and learn to be happy in their own skin so it was really good getting to spread the word about it. You can find out more here.

Do you want to make a difference?

If you want to influence real change and help make the world a better place for girls and young women then book your place on our next Adult INTOPS event and find out how you can get involved.