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Global Equality

Where does your country stand on equality in Scouting?

There are 161 national Scout organizations recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement – the largest international Scouting organization in the world. The policies and practices of these 161 national Scout organizations vary greatly from country to country, especially in regards to the inclusion of LGBT members.

During the 40th World Scout Conference, held from Aug 11 – 15, 2014, in Slovenia, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) voted to approve a resolution put forth by a Human Rights Task Force. This international task force had worked for three years to determine how WOSM might be able to support equality in Scouting worldwide. The resolution that was passed states, in part: “that Scouting, as a Movement based on its principles of Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self expressed in the Scout Promise and Law, does not discriminate on any grounds of human rights,” and that “the World Organization of the Scout Movement has a responsibility to promote Human Rights Education among children and young people.”

Scouts for Equality has undertaken a project to research the stance of national Scout organizations throughout the globe on LGBT inclusion. Please see below for the information we’ve collected thus far. Do you have updates for us, or information on a country that’s not listed? Please contact us to share your updates!

Special thanks to Christopher Keen for his work on this research.