Girls' World Forum 2012

Empowering Girls Will Change Our World

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  1. From July 11–15, over 100 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts gathered in Chicago to brainstorm solutions to global issues, while also making lasting international friendships. Through a series of workshops, events, and group work, the girls focused on three of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals (MDGs): gender equality, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction, with a goal to create sustainable action plans to use and implement in their hometowns. 

    We started off with Erin Chant, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Indiana, talking on our ForGirls site about the Girls' World Forum planning process. The next day, the excitement was palpable in first-day reporting from San Diego Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient Andrea Quintanar, who shared a day filled with happy meetings, swaps, and attempts to navigate language barriers. Maintaining similar enthusiasm (and a live-coverage blog) were Girl Scouts Jennifer and Caroline from the Texas Oklahoma Plains council. Their amazing blog is a who's who and what's what of all the fun that was had, visually detailing an International Night, scavenger hunts, trips, and presentations from an assortment of speakers. 
  2. Fantastically detailed additional coverage was shared by the Girl Guides of Canada. This blog gives an in-depth review of each day, along with ongoing project planning. Prepare to tune in to this blog in the future to see how one group of guides plans to take action to solve the three MDGs.
  3. As the live blogs rolled, girls also documented the friendships they made and their excursions around a new city. 
  4. With the Girls' World Forum at an end, there is tremendous anticipation to see the girls' work plans come to life around the globe. This empowering experience is just one of many steps toward helping girls change the world for the better. 
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