24 hour chat
24 hour chat to celebrate International Women’s Day
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is celebrating International Women’ s day by organizing 24h Chat. It will take place from 10.00GMT 8 March to 10.00GMT 9 March.
Crossing eight time zones, eight young women will moderate discussions on education for girls, violence against girls and young women, decent job opportunities for young women, female leadership and girls’ and young women’s participation in development of the post-2015 agenda.
We will include your ideas and suggestions resulting from the chat in the International Day of the Girl Action Plan – our call to governments, businesses, institutions, civil society and individuals to help create “The world we want for girls”.
How to join the conversation:
Rules of participation of the 24hour chat!
From India to the United Kingdom in 24 hours!
The International Day of the Girl (IDG) Ambassadors will “pass the torch” to each other after a three hour session devoted to the most important elements identified by girls in the World we Want for Girls campaign. During each session you will have a chance to learn about the key facts on the theme, bring your perspective, share your experience and offer your solutions and recommendations, as well as listen to other experts and guest speakers. Your suggestions and recommendations will further inform the IDG Action Plan.
Friday 8 March
10.00GMT – Education hosted by Sangam World Centre in India (session will be held in English), Guest Chatter Yona Nestel M.Ed: Senior Education Advisor – Plan Canada
13.00GMT – Violence against girls hosted by Lombonana Andriamampionona in Madagascar (session will be held in English and French), guest chatter Urjasi Rudra, UN Women
16.00GMT – Decent jobs hosted by Mai Hassouna in Egypt (session will be held in English and Arabic), Guest Chatter Luca Scarpiello, former Vice President of European Youth Forum, currently Secretary of the Youth intergroup, European Parliament
19.00GMT – Post 2015 agendahosted by Pippa Gardner in the UK (session will be held in English), Guest Chatter Corinne Woods, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign
22.00GMT – Violence against girls hosted by Lorena Obando in Costa Rica (session will be held in English and Spanish), Guest Chatter María Ester Brenes Villalobos, a judge in the field of domestic violence and a university professor on women's human rights from Costa Rica
Saturday 9 March
01.00GMT – Decent jobs hosted by Kourtney Pratt in Canada (session will be held in English)
04.00GMT – Post 2015agenda hosted by Michelle Alvarez in Philippines (session will be held in English), Guest Chatter Visakha Tillekeratne, Consultant on International Labour Organization and World Bank on Child related Issues
07.00GMT - Education hosted by Eleni Beveratou in the UK (session will be held in English)
Why join the conversation?
In every walk of life, be it health, education or employment, girls and young women are lagging behind boys and young men due to persistent discrimination, stereotypes, cultural norms and traditions, legislation and practice.
The IDG Action Plan already includes results collected through “The world we want for girls” campaign. Overwhelmingly, people wanted to see a stop to violence and a start for equality. They wanted a world where girls were no longer discriminated against, and were instead respected and had access to education and opportunities to make decisions about their own lives. Over 50 per cent of respondents said that it was sometimes or often challenging to be a girl where they lived. It doesn’t have to be this way.
On International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2012 we started the conversation. International Women’s Day on 8 of March is an excellent opportunity to continue the debate and draw the world’s attention to girls’ rights as human rights.
We want to hear your voice, support you to take action and connect you to other people doing the same all around the world. Your contributions will create a powerful tool, a call to action we can all use to influence and engage with people to make sure the world we want for girls becomes a reality.
We will use the IDG Action Plan to approach funders to support our programmes, talk to governments about prioritizing and investing in girls, work with partners to deliver holistic solutions to the issues girls are facing, develop more programmes and support more projects done by girls for girls.
Your voice counts - so join the conversation and invite your friends along too!