Stop the violence campaign launching in Europe at European Parliament
16 September 2011
On Tuesday 20 September 2011 the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) will launch in the Europe region its campaign to stop violence against girls during Girls’ Week at the European Parliament. Member Organizations and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the region can take part in the launch and we are aiming to add 1000 European voices to the campaign counter during Girls Week from the 19 – 23 September 2011.
At a roundtable hosted by Members of European Parliament (MEPs) Catherine Stihler, (UK, S&D), Sirpa Pietikäinen, (Finland, EPP) and Antonyia Parvanova, (Bulgaria, ALDE), and in conjunction with UN Women and the European Women’s Lobby, WAGGGS will launch its campaign “Stop the violence – Speak out for girls’ rights.”
Gabriella Heller from Hungary and Stephanie Darmanin from Malta, young women representatives of the Europe advocacy group, will speak at the roundtable, demanding from decision makers action to stop violence against girls, including a European wide strategy on violence, better data on the issues specifically affecting girls and appropriate levels of funding.
As part of the European launch of the campaign, WAGGGS is calling Member Organizations and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the region to join in. Together we can start making a noise about issues which are still prevalent inEurope, despite countries in the region being some of the wealthiest and progressive in the world.
What you can do
- Add your voice to the campaign counter at www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com The more voices added, the more we can raise awareness about the issues. LETS ADD 1000 VOICES FROM THE EUROPEAN REGION DURING GIRLS WEEK FROM THE 19 – 23 SEPTEMBER 2011.
- Get other people to add their voice by promoting the campaign on your website, in your magazines and newsletters. Why not hold an event or do it as an action in your Girl Guide or Girl Scout group, so you can add multiple voices all at once!
- Raise awareness about the issues - WAGGGS has created a wealth of resources from film, leaflets and stickers to email footers and promo buttons, so there are diverse ways to bring the issue to the attention of everyone you encounter online and offline.
- Learn the facts about the issue, in your region and globally, by using the fact sheets WAGGGS has prepared
- Do an activity with your Girl Guide or Girl Scout group, or at school or home, to learn about the issues and take action to stop violence against girls and young women
- Use the demands WAGGGS has prepared to talk to decision makers in your country, such as members of parliament, your school board or local council
- Support the other events happening during Girls’ Week, including Plan International’s campaign to make 22 September the International Day of the Girl
Visit www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com to find all the resources and information you need.
Interested in taking part in the WAGGGS/UN Women pilot of the badge curriculum to stop violence against girls? See the Expressions of Interest form here for more information.