International Day of the Girl Ambassadors
11 October 2012
Michelle Alvarez, Philippines
Asia Pacific Region
My name is Michelle Alvarez, and I am a young adult volunteer at the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. I worked in the public sector, and I recently finished my Master’s in International Development Policy.
I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was eight years old, and will be a Girl Scout forever. My experiences in Girl Scouting have made me a person who loves adventure, loves to plan and organize and engage with people. Inspiring girls and empowering them is what excites me.
My heart beats for girls and young women, and I want to see them in a world free of discrimination and violence.
Iombonana Andriamampionona, Madagascar
I am Iombonana, Girl Guide of Madagascar, I am from the association Fanilon’i Madagasikara. I am a member of the national team and youth committee.
I am really proud to be nominated as ambassador of International Day of the Girl and I will give my best to be equal to the expectation. I think it is an opportunity for us to increase public attention about girls’ issues and it is also the first step to build the perfect world for girls.
Mai Hassouna, Egypt
Hi, my name is Mai and I’m a Girl Guide leader from Alexandria, Egypt - a beautiful city by the Mediterranean Sea.
I hold a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the Faculty of Commerce – Alexandria University and currently work as a Training Manager with an international hotel chain in my home town.
I’m very passionate about girl guiding and have been a Girl Guide leader for 7 years now. Volunteering as a Girl Guide leader is such a privilege. It’s a very rewarding yet humbling experience, when you see that you’ve made a difference in the lives of young girls.
Being an Arab girl, one cannot stress enough how important it is to have an “International day of the girl”. What I will write will probably be cliché, however, it has to be said: In our Arab culture girls are considered to be a burden, a hindrance to success, an accessory, an object and more, while – if brought up correctly – girls are able to change the world. That’s what I stand for as an ambassador.
My name is Eleni and I am a Girl Guide from Greece. I currently live in London and work as a typeface designer.
I have been in the Girl Guides since the age of four and later on was for several years a leader in the Brownies. Right now, I am a member of the Europe Region External Representatives Group which works on external relations at European level.
Coming from a Girl Guiding association where boys are also accepted I have learned how to empower girls and educate boys about the fact that we are different yet equal. Therefore, I am really looking forward to spreading this message even more.
Lorena Obando, Costa Rica
Western Hemisphere Region (Spanish speaking)
My name is Lorena and I am a Minor Branch Leader (ages 7 to 10 years) at Guides and Scouts of Costa Rica, which is a Scouting and Gudiing National Organization (SAGNO) . I’ve been in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting for 12 years and I also work at the national level of my Member Organization. I am also a Medicine student.
As one of the Western Hemisphere's Ambassadors for the International Day of the Girl, I will support WAGGGS’ commitment to girls. I know this will be a great experience and there are lots of fun and learning opportunities coming soon. I also want to help people to change the world and imagine more for girls!
Kourtney Pratt, Canada
Western Hemisphere Region (English speaking)
I am Kourtney Pratt from the Girl Guides of Canada. I have been an adult member of the Girl Guides of Canada for the last three years as a leader with a Brownie Unit (7 to 8 years).
I am 22 years old and am currently finishing up my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Dance and Political Science.
It is an incredible honour to be selected as an Ambassador and I look forward to contributing to bringing awareness and change about the continued discrimination and violence towards girls. I am passionate about empowering girls to become confident women that will promote a positive change for generations to come.