Monday, May 19, 2014


From a recent press release from YUNGA, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance, and WAGGGS on the release of their line of Challenge Badges:

Recent developments from FAO: YUNGA, 16th May 2014

We are delighted to announce that the cloth badges for all of our current Challenge Badges are now available for purchase on the WAGGGS website! Click on the following links for each badge:

For the PDFs of all the Challenge Badges booklets that we currently have available, take a look at:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Statement from WAGGGS on the kidnapping of 200+ girls in Nigeria

The following statement was made by the Word Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts:

12 May 2014

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts (WAGGGS), the largest voluntary movement for girls and young women in the world, are deeply shocked and angered at the kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. To kidnap girls and young women from the safety of their school is a clear violation of their human rights, to also publicly use the threat of violence against the girls and young women , including sexual violence, is appalling and totally unacceptable. Our thoughts are with the families of the girls and young women who must be suffering unimaginable pain and also with the Nigerian Girl Guides Association as they reach out to support the efforts to #BringBackOurGirls at this time.  
We demand that those responsible return every single girl to safety without delay and call on all international parties to use all resources necessary to secure the safe return of the girls and young women.

More information on #BringBackOurGirls and the kidnapping:

"Boko Haram holds girls, kills 300 Nigerians," USA Today, 7 May 2014

"CNN exclusive: Nigerian girl who escaped Boko Haram says she still feels afraid," CNN, 12 May 2014

"#BBCtrending: #RealMenDontBuyGirls and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign," BBC, 8 May 2014

UN's World We Want Survey

As part of the UN's World We Want campaign, there has recently been a simple survey on issues that matter to you. Participants simply need to select the top 6 issues that are important to them from a list of choices including education, gender equality, access to clean water & sanitation, access to health care, etc. There is also an option to create your own choice. After submitting your responses, you can create a personalized video based on your responses that you can easily share on social media. You can access the survey and vote here:

What is the World We Want? 
The web platform launched on 31 July 2012 to coincide with the announcement of the UN High Level Panel on post-2015 and increases its interactive features over the following months to host a lively and active exchange of civil society opinions and experiences.  
 The World We Want 2015 will bring the priorities of people from every corner of the world to the forefront and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens! The gathered information will feed into the report of the UN High Level Panel on post-2015 and subsequently into the UN Secretary General’s report to the UN MDG review summit in September 2013.

Why is the UN sharing this survey? According to the website:
You're part of a global vote at the United Nations, allowing people for the first time to have a direct say in shaping a better world. 
The votes matter. The UN is working with governments everywhere to define the next global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve the planet. The data from MY World continues to inform these processes and be used by decision makers around the world. 
“I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known” – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon