Guest Post from Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan National President
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we were invited along with several of the Girl Scouts we serve to represent our Movement at the White House, joining President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to announce the new Let Girls Learn initiative with the Peace Corps, as well as our commitment to support the advancement of girls’ access to education worldwide.
As the largest, most successful girl leadership development organization in the world, we know that when girls thrive, so does our world. This initiative brings increased focus on how critically important it is that we invest in girls and provides all of us with another excellent opportunity to commemorate our Movement’s global mission, reach, and impact.
Through this partnership, we are expanding the scope of our work and deepening our support for girls’ education globally by making tools and resources available to girls who are pursuing two of our most prestigious awards: the Global Action badge and the Gold Award. Through these existing national programs, two million Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to be engaged in learning and leadership to advance girls' education around the world. Girls will now be able to connect to Peace Corps volunteers working on girls’ education projects and resources like PBS Learning Media’s online platform to learn more about the importance of education for girls. Find out more about our commitment to advance girls’ education globally here.
In addition, for the week of International Women’s Day fifteen Girl Scouts from six different councils will be participating as delegates in a variety of programs and events as part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Our girls will also be speaking on panels, learning about the UN process, and engaging with UN delegates and entities. On March 9, Girl Scouts will be hosting an event during the commission to discuss The State of Girls: The Well-being of Girls in the United States report.
Girl Scouts continues to prove that we are a thought leader on girls’ issues and a Movement dedicated to empowering girls to thrive. Through our unique programming, girls not only discover their skills and develop their leadership potential, but are also empowered with the courage, confidence, and character to challenge socially determined limits on what they can or cannot do, and go on to become leaders who continue to challenge the inequalities that still exist for girls and women worldwide.
As champions for girls every day of the year, we want to thank each of you for the work that you do to support girls everywhere. We encourage you to share this important news with your colleagues and community partners as we continue to work together to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to bring her dreams to life and make a difference in the world.