Strategic Priority 3: Girls and Boys, Women and Men
The aim of this strategic priority is to identify the support and tools required to help National Scout Organizations (NSOs) offer equality of opportunity to girls and boys, women and men at all levels in Scouting. This should offer new opportunities for everyone and, through an increase in youth membership and adult leadership, result in a more even balance in the male:female ratio in associations.
Stories on Gender
Some Scout Associations are working on the priority on Girls and Boys, Women and Men. Here are some stories of what has been achieve.
Boy Scouts in Pakistan support girls' education. 40,000 Scouts in Balochistan have joined forces with UNICEF to help improve the situation for girls in one the least developed regions of Pakistan. (pdf)
Women in Leadership in African Scouting. Here are some profiles of women in leadership positions in the Africa Scout Region. (pdf)
Workshop on Gender in Yugoslavia, provided by Yugoslav Scout Association (pdf)
'One of the Boys? Doing Gender in Scouting', report of a research project by Harriet Bjerrum Nielson, Centre for Women's Studies, Oslo University. In co-operation with the European Scout Region, WOSM's Educational Methods Group launched, in 2001, this research project on "Gender and Education in Scouting" to ask questions such as:
- Does the Movement take the needs and aspirations of both girls and boys into account when designing the educational programmes?
- Are adult leaders able to carefully observe and analyse what is really happening in the field?
- Are they keen to improve their current practices to ensure that each individual girl and boy is given opportunities to develop him/herself fully?
Scouting PowerPoint presentation which includes more detailed information on 'Girls and Boys, Women and Men', an overview of the situation in NSOs in July 2002 and information on the Gender Research Project, undertaken with the European Region.