Working Group on Girls

Committees

The Working Group on Girls is comprised of six committees dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the empowerment of the Girl Child. 

MISSION ADVOCACY 

Mission Advocacy Committee builds networks and hosts diplomatic negotiations with the representatives of the UN Permanent Missions.  Through their Mission Visits, the Committee engages in a conversation with Permanent Representatives of UN Member States – and often Mission Secretaries designated to oversee the Mission’s work on gender – to discuss the needs and rights of the Girl Child, bringing the voices of the girls at the forefront of their advocacy. Such partnerships have resulted in the Member States becoming actively engaged in collaborating with WGG by promoting the interests of the girls at the UN General Assembly, Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and various UN-led initiatives, as well as providing financial and organizational assistance to girl-led events, such as the annual celebration of the International Day of the Girl. Mission Advocacy Committee coordinates a number of events, such as WGG Women Ambassadors Breakfast and Ambassador Exchange with Girl Delegates, to provide girl activists with an opportunity to meet UN high-level officials and to speak up as the agents of change.

Meetings take place every first Thursday of the month, 1-2 PM (prior to WGG Membership meeting) at Salvation Army, 221 East 52nd St

GIRLS PARTICIPATION 

Girls Participation Committee emerged in 2007 in order to extend WGG support to the girl delegates participating in CSW51, where a variety of NGOs brought girls as young as fourteen to be present during the discussions on the topic of “Ending Discrimination and Violence against the Girl Child.” Today, proudly following WGG motto of working “with girls, for girls,” the Committee manages a rigorous Girl Advocacy program to engage teen girls as full members of WGG and connect them to the work of each WGG Committee. Girls Participation Committee facilitates a number of exciting girl-led programs and events such as the 11 Days of Action, Girls Speak Out, and CSW Teen Orientation. Many other initiatives led by the Girls Participation team include a CSW Girl Statement Writing, Girls’ Caucus, as well as various other parallel and side events for and about girls.

Weekly meetings are held every Thursday, 4-5:30 PM via designated phone calls

GIRLS AGAINST VIOLENCE 

Girls Against Violence Committee addresses key issues of gender-based violence, bringing girls, NGOs, and policymakers together to share best practices for prevention. Working closely with other WGG Committees, Girls Against Violence team hosts expert panel discussions on violence against women and girls, conducts social media campaigns, as well as organizes interactive workshops and presentations in schools where students learn about forms of gender-based violence and discover practical prevention mechanisms. The Committee also assists the Mission Advocacy team with the country-specific research on the issue of gender-based violence, as well as provides additional training for WGG Girl Advocates in the preparation for the events on violence against women and girls.

AGENDA 2030

Committee for Agenda 2030 was initiated in 2015 as the Working Group on Girls’ response to the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals, the ground-breaking commitment made to improve matters for a planet in crisis, due to population growth, climate change, and strong concerns for Human Rights to be extended to all. In our effort to assure that no girl gets left behind, the Committee members are actively involved in various Major Groups and other stakeholder organizations, ensuring that the interests of girls are taken into consideration. Through regular in-person and online communication, the Committee members are particularly engaged in following the progress of three Major Groups: Children and Youth, Women, and Non-Governmental Organizations. Closely monitoring the work of the Member States and other stakeholders in the preparation for and during the annual High-Level Political Forum, the Committee for Agenda 2030 contributes language to the developing documents, and advocates for the rights of the Girl Child at the United Nations, primarily addressing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in relation to girls.

COMMUNICATIONS

Communications Committee consists of two sub-committees, namely Written Communications and Online Communications. The WGG Written Communications team is responsible for developing and publishing “Action for Girls” report. This publicly available digital document provides readers with the information on the WGG progress together with the relevant UN updates. In addition, this sub-committee works alongside Online Communications and Research & Writing Committee on producing essential written pieces to update WGG Member Organizations on the UN and WGG related issues. Online Communications focuses on managing and updating the website, as well as WGG social media accounts. The committee is also responsible for preparing bi-weekly online newsletters that are sent to WGG Member Organizations and other interested individuals.

RESEARCH & WRITING 

Research and Writing Committee entails a strong group of writers and researchers, including graduate students, who put forth Statements to the UN regarding any current issues that affect girls.  The Committee also focuses on gathering research that is relevant to girls’ needs and rights. As the Committee prepares WGG written statements for submission to UN Commissions, the team also develops key talking points for use in advocacy. Developing and distributing such Advocacy Sheets, the Research and Writing Committee ensures that the interests of girls are recognized.