Girl Scouts Hosts Global Discussion on Benefits of Single-Gender Experiences


April 16, 2007

Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA

New York, N.Y.— Girl Scouts of the USA is hosting a three-day Global Roundtable Conference with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) on the "Benefits of a Single-Gender Experience for Girls." Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 16 countries will convene at Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, New York, from April 15 to 18, to address this important issue.

“With girls around the world facing problems associated with inequality, under-education, and various forms of abuse, it is imperative to give them a safe, single-gender environment to discover, connect, and take action,” said Kathy Cloninger, CEO of GSUSA. “It is so inspiring to have such a diverse group of people band together to discuss the importance of fostering female leadership in programs such as Girl Scouting for today’s girls.”

The WAGGGS/GSUSA Global Roundtable brings together member organizations from Canada, Chile, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. This group will focus on the benefits of the all-girl experience and discuss how to strengthen the existence and future development of single-gender organizations to better serve the current and future needs of girls.

The group will explore issues facing girls globally, ways to deliver programs specifically to girls, international female leadership opportunities, and membership and fundraising strategies.

Keynote speakers will include author, social activist, and former Essence and Ms. magazine editor-in-chief Marcia Ann Gillespie and Elizabeth Seja Min, founder and principal of the consulting company Seja Min & Associates and a consultant for U.S. Women Without Borders.

The goal of the event is to produce a resource guide for WAGGGS member organizations of global best practices of single-gender experiences and the lessons they have learned. The guide will be publicly unveiled during the organization's 2008 World Conference in South Africa.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide.  Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools in 90 countries.  For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.