The Girl Guides Association of Cambodia (GGAC) recently took part in the 38th World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), joining a diverse group of delegates from 118 countries.

They gathered in Cyprus for a week-long dialogue focused on securing a brighter future for girls worldwide and cultivating women’s leadership.

The GGAC was led by Pich Chanmony, the general commissioner, with the delegation’s presence confirmed by deputy chief commissioner Chhov Phally.

One notable achievement for Cambodia, Phally announced, was being shortlisted, alongside Ghana and Tunisia, as a candidate to host the 39th WAGGGS World Conference in 2026.

This decision marked an important milestone for the Cambodian association, further cementing its global influence in advocating for girls’ rights.

The conference, which took place at the European University in Nicosia, Cyprus, adopted the theme “Dreams, Rules, Leadership: The Future Is Ours”.

The focus was squarely on providing girls with vital values and experiences that will inspire them to strive for a brighter future.

Around 570 participants discussed methods to foster an environment that ensures each girl’s right to this future, fostering their empowerment and leadership potential.

In a press release, the WAGGGS expressed its vision of an equal world, where every girl has the opportunity to grow, act in optimal conditions, and contribute to society.

The goal, as per the statement, is to establish a girl-led movement by 2032. In this envisaged future, every girl will feel empowered and equipped to collaborate in building a better world.

WAGGGS, founded in 1928 in Parad, Hungary and now headquartered in London, UK, offers support to female-oriented Guiding and Scouting organisations across 152 countries. Their work centres on empowering young girls and women to reach their full potential as responsible global citizens.

The association promotes training in leadership and decision-making, encouraging girls and young women to participate actively in the governance and leadership of WAGGGS.

The primary aim is to equip them with the life skills they need to emerge as leaders within their communities, both at a national and international level.

This ethos resonates with the Girl Guides Association of Cambodia and other national associations, marking a shared commitment to the growth and empowerment of girls worldwide.