World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Who is WAGGGS?

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. Their diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 150 countries.

What does WAGGGS do?

WAGGGS provides innovative non-formal education programmes, leadership development, advocacy work and community action, empowering girls and young women to develop the skills and confidence needed to make positive changes in their lives, in their communities and countries.

WAGGGS deliver these programmes in five WAGGGS Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere.


They also hold advocacy and leadership events at five World Centres: The Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, Pax Lodge in the UK, The Cabaña in Mexico and Kusafiri, and World Centre travelling around Africa.

Through global programmes, girls from all over the world come together to learn new skills, share their international experiences and form lifelong friendships.

What's the relationship between GirlGuiding NZ and WAGGGS?

Administratively, WAGGGS is divided into five regions – New Zealand is part of the Asia Pacific region.

Each region has a regional committee and it is these committees that determine and implement the goals, strategies and priorities of the regions to help achieve the mission of WAGGGS. They look at the needs of the member countries and administer the development and carrying out of activities, events, training and projects.

For more information about the Asia Pacific region, visit the WAGGGS website.

As a member of WAGGGS, GirlGuiding New Zealand:

  • Adheres to the fundamental principles and has a Promise and Law in wording approved by the World Board.
  • Adopts the method of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement.
  • Has a membership that is voluntary and open to all girls and young women without distinction of creed, race, nationality, or any other circumstance.
  • Has a membership that is self-governing with freedom to formulate its policy and put it into practice.
  • Is independent from any political organisation.