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Thinking Globally at Girls' World Forum

This past July, the plans from 14+ months of work by the Girls’ World Forum planning team came to fruition. In Chicago from July 12-17, approximately 450 girls and young women from around the world came to be educated on three United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The goals are to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, to achieve and promote gender equality, and to ensure environmental sustainability. The participants identified issues in their communities and created solutions based upon this. Each girl then took this information and formed sustainable Take Action plans to implement locally, empowered with the tools to create and execute further Take Actions at national and international levels. 

(L-R) Fellow Girl Planning Team member, Anika, my newfound friend from Portugal, Mariana, and me; girls uniting from around the world.

This event was more than that, though. I met so many girls from different countries, who spoke different languages, who came from different cultures; and we united. We came together as Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and found that together, we can make a difference.

The Girls’ World Forum Girl Planning Team of 18 girls from four Girl Scout councils from the Upper Midwest had the objective of empowering, educating, and uniting girls to feel confident to implement Take Action solutions. As one piece of our team’s planning, some of our creative team members came up with the idea of a giant puzzle, a picture of the three Take Action plans fitting together. We were trying to think of a way to do this digitally, but it just wasn’t clicking with the vision.

One of the puzzle pieces.

Shortly before the actual forum began, our support team “Mom,” Connie Willegal, told us that contacts were made with a company, and they actually supplied the puzzle pieces! Many of us hadn’t even thought about the puzzle in weeks, but before us were three boxes of funky-shaped large puzzle pieces, one for each Millennium Development Goal. It was beyond a dream come true because we weren’t even expecting it! At the end of the forum, each of our three puzzles fit together, a symbol of girls from around the world connected to the solution!

What Take Action plan can you implement locally to add to the larger puzzle?

 

-Aliyah Q.,
Girl Scout Senior
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