- 33rd World Conference (WAGGGS)
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name = 33rd World Conference
The 33rd World Conference of the
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scoutswas held from 6 to 12 July 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was hosted by the Girl Guides Association of South Africa. It was held in the Birchwood Executive Hotel and Conference Centre. Graça Machelwas the keynote speaker and received the World Citizenship Award. Over 450 delegates attended representing 144 countries.Citation| last = Serrao | first = Angelique | title = Graca Machel on women leaders | newspaper = The Star | pages = pg 8 | year = 2008 | date = 2008-07-08]
The 33rd World Conference
logocombines the WAGGGS logo and the South African Guides chosen pattern. [cite web| title =33rd World Conference logo guidelines | publisher = World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts| url =http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/grab/678/1/WCguidelinesMO's.pdf | accessdate =2007-07-24] The Girl Guides Association of South Africa wanted to portray their African dream and the sense of unity of all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Ten lines within the logo symbolise the ten Laws shared by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The three triangles symbolise the threefold Promise. The "M" shape symbolises the global challenges facing Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting that can be overcome through unity.
The conference's theme was "Join in, reach out, change lives".
Graça Machel was the keynote speaker. In her address, Machel spoke about her childhood and three women who had a significant impact on her life. She also expressed her views on the contemorary state of women's rights. [Citation| title = Girls’ rights are trampled on, says Machel | newspaper =
The Sowetan| year = 2008 | date = 2008-07-09| url =http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=798291 ] Deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, also addressed the meeting. [cite web| title = Young girls should be guided to fulfil their dreams, Mlambo-Ngcuka | publisher = BuaNews Online | date = 2008-07-08| url = http://www.buanews.gov.za/view.php?ID=08070816151001&coll=buanew08 | accessdate =2008-07-15 ]
Graça Machel was presented with the World Citizenship Award.
Elspeth Henderson, the outgoing chairman of the World Board, received the WAGGGS Silver Medal, WAGGGS' highest award.
* [http://www.wagggsworldconference.org/en/home 33rd World Conference Micro Site]
* [http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2008/08070808151002.htm Address by Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, at the 33rd World Conference Of Girl Guides And Girl Scouts, Johannesburg]
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