Ambassador Girl Scouts Morgan Smith (Santa Cruz County), and Katie Weibezahl (Ventura County) represented girls from the central coast at the 2012 Girl's World Forum (GWF) held in Chicago July 12-16.
Girls at the event were tasked with the forum's third and final centenary which was to SHARE event goals with their local community in the form of a Take Action project.
Morgan and Katie participated in group sessions where half the girls spoke either Arabic or Spanish and held discussions through interpreters. They developed a draft mission statement for their project focused on two of the UN's MDG's:
1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger (Education remains a main vehicle for girls to succeed.)
2. Gender Equality & Empowerment
Adult chaperone Tiffany Whitsitt (Lompoc) found the GWF incredibly educational and empowering resulting in the chaperones creating their own ad-hoc advocacy group with learnings from around the world. "The issues girls are facing in other parts of the world are vastly different compared to what girls face here in the United States," said Tiffany.
Attendees heard keynotes from Anna Maria Chavez, GSUSA CEO, and Secretary Hillary Clinton's Advisor on Global Youth Issues. The Half the Sky organization presented their movement's goals along with their upcoming PBS special.
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