Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Empower Girls by Connecting Them Globally

Last Thursday I had the honor of attending an event at Girl Scouts National Headquarters called Learning To Lead - the kickoff of a partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA, CARE, Seventeen Magazine and The Documentary Group. This ground-breaking partnership, called The Power of Girls, will connect girls worldwide and mobilize them around important global issues, including the critical role that girls’ education and leadership plays in addressing poverty. In true Girl Scout style, The Power of Girls puts girls at the heart of a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The event included Discussion, moderated by MTV News Correspondent SuChin Pak, with Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Stoning of Soraya M, House of Sand and Fog, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, ABC hit series Flash Forward), Guest Speaker Ann Shoket (Editor in Chief – Seventeen); girls’ education and leadership experts from CARE, Girl Scouts Research Institute and Population Council; and on-the-ground perspective from the director of CARE Afghanistan, Lex Kassenberg.

Most importantly, there was live conversation via Intel-powered classmate PCs with Girl Scouts in New York and girls in a classroom in a developing country who discussed solutions to global girls’ issues.

Along with all this was the launch of The Power of Girls Pledge that urges American girls to learn about issues affecting girls worldwide, share their findings with friends, and take action – supported by Seventeen Magazine.

Take the Pledge, right away!