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Friday, March 1, 2013

Five GSNorCal Teens Presenting at United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York City!

Girl Scouts of Northern California is ecstatic that 5 of our own Girl Scouts are in New York this week presenting to the United Nation’s 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women!   

GSNorCal's delegation tours GSUSA HQ in New York
Each March, more than 5,000 women and girls from around the world gather at the United Nations for a two-week session focused on the state of gender equality around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts participate annually to bring the voices of girls and young women to this global stage. This year's priority theme will be the "elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against girls and women."

Congratulations to Allison from Pacifica, America from San Jose, Jessica from Atherton, Larissa from Milpitas, and Varsha from San Jose on being selected by Girl Scouts NorCal for this prestigious opportunity! Over 60 teens from our council applied, and our representatives were selected due to their passion for and knowledge of this year’s theme plus their previous or current projects that relate to it.

In addition to presenting at sessions and filling roles on committees, our GSNorCal girls will be engaging with UN Agencies, non-governmental organizations, Country Missions, and other youth delegates from around the world. They are part of a Girl Scouts of the USA delegation that is sharing GSUSA’s work and how it’s helping to improve the lives of girls here in the United States.

At Top of the Rock before work begins!
The girls arrived yesterday, and they had a day today to see New York and tour GSUSA headquarters before immersing themselves this weekend in their roles and preparing for their presentations, which start Monday.

Two of our girls, Larissa and America, are also part of GSNorCal’s Got Choices program and will be presenting to Commission on the Status of Women delegates called Girls Ending the Cycle: Combating Inter-Generational Violence Through Leadership and Empowerment.”

GSNorCal’s Got Choices is a program for teen and tween girls who are involved, or at risk for becoming involved, in the juvenile justice system. Got Choices gives girls the tools they need to make better decisions in their lives and gain skills in relationship building, health and wellness education, violence prevention, and service to the community.

Watch our GSNorCal blog all week for updates from our Girl Scouts from their once-in-a-lifetime extraordinary experience at the United Nations!

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