Delegates' profiles

Pippa Gardner, UK

CSW delegate 2011- Pippa GardnerThe three most important things you should know about me are…

I believe everybody is completely equal and to really achieve development we need to get rid of discrimination against women, racism and homophobia. I love to travel and want to see as much of the world as I can. My Guiding experiences have been the most influential experiences of my life!

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are…

I attended the Young Women’s World Forum 2010 and was inspired to set up an initiative to empower young women in the UK. This initiative is called ‘Speak Out, Reach Out, Camp Out’ and it has a Facebook page and website at www.soroco.org.uk. I am also a peer educator and chair the regional Youth Forum. I am part of a group creating a resource based on the Millennium Development Goals suitable for all ages of our members.

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because I think it is a fantastic opportunity to influence people who have the power to change the lives of millions of girls and women.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be…to never give up. If you believe in something then keep at it – you might need to change your approach, rethink you plans, and start from scratch several times over, but in the end you can achieve any goal!

 

María Laura Navarro, Costa Rica

CSW 2011 delegate- Maria Laura NavarroThe three most important things you should know about me are…

I’m studying to be a preschool teacher at the University of Costa Rica. I’m enthusiastic and I love adventure and do things in a different way. My Guiding experiences have opened my eyes to the world and help me to grow up every day. They have changed my life and taught me how to be a better person.

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are…

The Guiding Platform is a space to work on projects. We run workshops to help Guides to know more about the global subjects and encourage them to take action in their communities.

For me is an honor to represent WAGGGS at the CSW, and I am really excited about speaking out and enforcing woman’s rights. I also want to meet the other delegates and share our knowledge and Guiding experiences.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be…

Discover your potential! Find who you really are inside! Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Start everyday with a smile, enjoy every second of your life and fight your dreams!

Mia Rangholm Varming, Denmark

CSW 2011 delegate- Rangholm VarmingThe three most important things you should know about me are…

I am studying medicine at the University of Copenhagen. I love, and tend to get involved in, everything about Scouting and Guiding, be it as a local leader, great events or politics.

My Guiding experiences have formed my life and my values, my guidance in the world and my chance to make a difference. It is everything from extreme adventures to quiet reflection, it is where I find value based leadership, great responsibility and joy and true friendship.

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are…

I am helping to develop an strategy for involvement in the association, particularly ensuring the perspective of anti-discrimination and that we value and develop the potential of everyone who shows interest in the work. I am also working on a new co-education policy to raise awareness on gender issues in our training and programme.

It is an honour to be a part of the WAGGGS delegation at CSW. It is an ideal opportunity to broaden my own and others’ perspective and I believe we can speak out to make a difference for girls and women worldwide.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be…

All borders are imaginary. Use your imagination to create the changes of your dreams and discover your true potential!

Rachel Singleton-Polster, Canada

CSW 2011 delegate- Rachel Singleton-PolsterThe three most important things you should know about me are...

I am currently in my second year of my Bachelor's degree studying Geography and Aboriginal Perspectives, that I love to explore nature and the outdoors, and that I am passionate about learning how people interact with their environments. My Guiding experiences have taught me about the outdoors and gave me confidence to be who I am.

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are…

Volunteering with incarcerated women and youth to increase their employability skills for healthy reintegration to society, running a student group on campus in solidarity with a Guatemalan community to promote fair trade and specifically supporting women as leaders in that community, working with a local Aboriginal Rights Coalition to promote the healing of Aboriginal communities and restore women's traditional leadership roles.

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because I have always dreamed of going to the United Nations and seeing how the world comes together in cooperation. I also believe that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has an integral role in helping youth become confident leaders in their communities and I am excited to show Canadian girls and women how they can make a change in their communities.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be…

Be confident in yourself for you and only you can give your piece to the world that makes it a more beautiful place to live.

Fiona Bradley, New Zealand

CSW 2011 delegate- Fiona BradleyThe three most important things you should know about me are…

I am now working as a Pharmacist in a busy mall pharmacy. I'm originally from Ashburton in the South Island of New Zealand, but I'm currently living in Palmerston North (in the North Island).

My Guiding experiences have brought lots of fun times and laughs with many great and inspiring people. I love being able to provide opportunities for the younger girls now and see them have lots of fun as well.

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are…

I'm the young leader on our Girl Programme Development project, which is reviewing and making recommendations for our girl programme. As part of this I am facilitating a girl reference group, a parallel committee to represent our girl members. My goal is that this group is just the beginning and we can have an increase in younger members of our association being involved at the higher governance levels. 

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because…

It will be a chance to develop my skills and further my knowledge and understanding of issues and factors in these areas. I'm looking forward to learning new information and being able to have discussions with a wide variety of people.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be…

Dream big and live big, you can do anything and be anyone that you want to be.

Carine Uwizeyimana, Rwanda

CSW 2011 delegate- Carine UwizeyimanaThe three most important things you should know about me are…

I am an active member of the Rwanda Girl Guides Association and the assistant commissioner of their national youth committee. I am currently studying law. I have taken part in previous UN conferences including the UNICEF national children’s conference in 2010.

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW

The Rwandan Girl Guides Association has worked on many projects after the Rwandan genocide that have aimed to give girls and women independence and to promote reconciliation and rehabilitation. As part of this, I have participated in a project that gave women skills such as sewing to help with their economic independence. I am also a member of a team within the Rwandan Girl Guides that will launch a campaign as part of the international 16 day campaign to end gender violence.

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because I want to provide my knowledge and to my skills and also to give my opinion at the international level.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be

Be proud of your self and be responsible in everything.

Samia Fitouri, Tunisia

CSW 2011 delegate- Samia FitouriThe three most important things you should know about me are

I am 20 years old and I am an English student. I am fond of Drama performance and I've been acting for three years.

I've been a Girl Scout for six years and I can say that made me believe that limitations live only in the mind and if we just believe in our will, possibilities become endless!

The projects I am working on at home related to CSW are

Developing strategies and updating methods related to Girl Guiding as an attempt to enhance a practical vision of the women  

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because…

I've a great interest in the status of women across the world and also because the CSW will be a great space to learn and to share other people's experiences and knowledge. It will also be a personal achievement.

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world  it would be…

Always believe in yourself before asking the others to believe in what you are doing!

Nefeli Themeli, Greece

CSW 2011- Nefeli ThemeliThe three most important things you should know about me are

I am energetic, a good team player and creative. I have been a girl guide of the Greek Guiding Association since 1991 and actively involved since then. I have been working at Pax Lodge as the Assistant Programme Manager for two years (2008-2010). It was an amazing and challenging experience personally and professionally.

The project I was working in Pax Lodge related to CSW is

The poster UNIFEM/ WAGGGS poster competition 'say no to violence against women' with our summer event participants

I’m really excited about coming to CSW because it would be the second time attending as a youth delegate such an amazing international event. Since my participation last year, I became really interested in gender issues and this year I am studying Gender and Development in the University of Sussex

If I could give one message to girls and young women across the world it would be

Never settle and always challenge yourselves and the world around you.

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amina - 25 February 2011 - 10.21PM (GMT)

best wishes to all the participants.
we hope that you will share your thoughts and experiences with us.

regards
Amina - KENYA

Margaret Treloar - 23 February 2011 - 8.20PM (GMT)

Best wishes for your time together at the UN. It is an amazing experience and I know you will bring valuable insight and expertise to the activities and discussions. I also know you will make many new friends and bring home exciting stories about New York, the UN and the CSW. Congratulations on all you are doing to make the world better for everyone. I look forward to reading the updates!
Best wishes,
Margaret Treloar, Chair, WAGGGS

Pascaline - 23 February 2011 - 1.58PM (GMT)

Hi girls!You all have wonderful stories and messages!!! Carine, I am proud of youuuuuu...Rwanda is waiting for your experiences back home.
Best regards!

Mary d'Isendoorn à Blois - 23 February 2011 - 6.37AM (GMT)

All the best to all our representatives of the Girl Guide/ Girl Scouts Movements.
You have come far! I am proud of all of you, especially Rachel Singleton-Polster who I have seen growing up in my Guiding District to become what she is today! God Bless to all of you!kbrgk

Danielle M - 22 February 2011 - 4.39PM (GMT)

Had the privilege of attending the 51st CSW in 2007 and it was a truly enriching experience. It changed me for life.
Congrats to WAGGGS for its unwavering support of young girls/women all overt the world! :)

Aya Lazrag - 21 February 2011 - 2.22PM (GMT)

I hope it would be such a great experience for all of you... I am perticularly proud of my friend & my own coutry's representative; Samia :) all my best wishes!

Yvonne Bellys - 19 February 2011 - 8.25PM (GMT)

All the best ladies. We are proud of you and remember we are with you all the way.

Regards,

Yvonne Akoth.

Emma Lord - 17 February 2011 - 12.37PM (GMT)

I wish you all the best in New York, especially Nefeli and Fiona :)

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