Monday, February 21 2011
Today we prepared for our time at the United Nations (UN). We woke up to snow falling and a few more inches on the ground, which was a great excitement for many members of our delegation from warmer countries.
We went to the Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters, were we started off with a fun game and began our preparation for the week to come. A creative, poster-making activity helped us to define what our individual journeys would look like before, at, and after the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Next we learned about our WAGGGS advocacy strategies at the UN. We practiced mock questions to ask at events and to people we meet, and also how to deal with challenging questions posed to us. We became official WAGGGS delegates when we were presented with our delegation scarves.
In the afternoon we played another fun game before we reviewed our key messages and discussed WAGGGS’ positions on CSW-related themes. We spent some time in our groups preparing for our side events on non-formal education and ending violence against girls and women. We met our partners for these events, Soroptimist International, and had fun meeting Soroptimists from our home countries. Some of us then went to collect our passes at the UN while others stayed on with the Soroptimists and prepared the education side event for tomorrow.
Our day finished with planning out who would be attending formal UN events and side events. We are all excited for all of our preparation to pay off and to get into the UN and start speaking out on WAGGGS’ role in the global forum.
Rachel Singleton-Polster, Girl Guides of Canada- Guides du Canada