A Queer Perspective on Sustainable Development

I’m sitting on the floor following negotiations on health, education and gender equality paragraphs for the Rio+20 outcome document ‘The Future We Want’. What strikes me is how what these suited people, sat round the table, relates (or completely doesn’t relate) to me. I’m here in Rio with the World Association of Girl Guides and … Continue reading

Water and Sanitation

Did you know that there are currently more cell phones in the world than there are toilets? This alarming statistic is a reality that is hard to believe. As we speak there are around 2.6 billion people worldwide who lack access to basic sanitation. This number accounts for almost a 1/3 of the worlds population … Continue reading

The green dream

The green dream

Her hair is braided in beautiful braids, she is always smiling and is laughs easily. She is an African woman and has had much hardship throughout her young life. Beatrice is 26 years old and living in Kenya. She works at the University of Nairobi, but what might be more important is the fact that … Continue reading

The Story of Non-formal

The Story of Non-formal

We mentioned briefly on Saturday that we were successful in getting non-formal education back in the outcome document.   I think we’ve recovered enough to tell you all about it… As Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, we know the importance of non-formal education as we are involved with it every week.  You can imagine our disappointment … Continue reading

They are taking away our voice

Latest news from Rio +20 They are taking away our right to speak out! In the first proposal of a text, there was a paragraph about an ombudsman/high commissionaire for future generations. In the new text proposed by Brazil this has been taken out and we as youth have lost our voice in the negotiations. … Continue reading

Media Darlings

Media Darlings

So, we got heard. They put the ‘non-formal education’ in the text. But we also get seen. The scarf When we walk around at the Rio +20, we all wear our WAGGGS-scarf. It sure looks nice and we are all very proud to wear it, but it also comes in handy. First of all we … Continue reading

Women’s Resistance & Resilience at Rio+20

Women’s Resistance & Resilience at Rio+20

Powerful stories by Powerful Women who decry lack of real progress since 1992 by Claire Greensfelder and Bridget Burns on behalf of the Women’s Major Group For 90 minutes on the morning of Friday June 15th, a strong and diverse group of nine women passionately engaged a crowd at the Rio Centro Conference Center with … Continue reading

#SaveOurSay in the #FutureWeWant

#SaveOurSay in the #FutureWeWant

We are now into part two of the Rio+20 conference process – yesterday the Brazilian government took the text under negotiation and consolidated it. Lots of great things stayed in – like the paragraph on non-formal education that WAGGGS and the major group of children and youth campaigned for – but there were noticeable omissions. These … Continue reading