Last month, four Girl Scouts from our council traveled to New York City to serve as delegates at the United Nation's 61st Commission on the Status of Women. The girls were representing Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as insuring that girls and the girl voice were being represented.
Through an in-depth application process that included interviews with chosen OKC professionals, four girsl were selected out of 41 applications.
Jamie Seber is a Junior at Midwest City High School, where she is in the National Honor Society, Indian National Honor Society, 4.0 Club and German and Spanish Club. She has been a Girl Scout for 8 years and has completed both her Bronze and Silver Awards. Jamie was inspired by the book I Am Malala, and spent her week focusing on sessions taht highlighted education, and creating ways to make education available to everyone. Jamie's role was that of an Advocacy Liason. She was responsible for standing up during events and giving perspective on discussions from a girl's point of view.
Ella Moxley is a Junior at Norman North High School where she is a member of the Feminism Club, President of the Young Democrats, Vice President of the Science Olympiad and a member of the Model UN. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and believes that experience has given her the leadership skills that will help her tackle challenges such as gender equality and women and girl's rights. Ella spent her week focusing on sessions that spoke about how environmental issues affected women and girls on a global scale. Ella was also an Advocacy Liason as well as moderater a panel on "Fostering Girls Leadership in STEM Economies."
Lathanise "LaLa" Cox-Moscatello lives in Lawton, where she is in the 9th grade. A member of her high school's Key Club, she also plays the harp as well as given volunteer time to several local and national organizations. She has only been a Girl Scout for a few years, but is already earning awards, badges and helping out with our younger Girl Scouts. LaLa was part of the Girl Statement Writing Team, and helped craft the Girl Statement that was read during the second week of the conference. "Economic challenges girls face include unpaid work, child labor, and gender-based violencein schools or the workplace." . Girls from several other organizations gathered the first few days in NYC to begin the writing process that included girl needs on a local, national and global scale.
Nia Perez is in the 9th grade in Midwest City where she is active in both the marching and concert bands. Nia has been a Girl Scout for almost 10 years and believes that because of her involvement she is now a more social person who has the skills to work with a team. Nia believes very strongly in gender equality and spent her week focusing on sessions that highlighted closing the gender gap. Nia was part of the Social Media team, helping to showcase the events of the week.
Girls from councils in Hawaii and Southeastern New England were also delegates and made fast friends with the Oklahoma delegation.
While it was a week full of intense dialogue and long hours, it wasn't all work! The epic snow storm that hit NYC that week shut down the UN, the NYC Public Schools as well as GSUSA. We were left with no choice other than to go sledding in Central Park!
All four girls left NYC with memories that they will have forever. The CSW also sparked conversation and several ideas about future Gold Awards. It was an amazing experience, and we are all so grateful to have had it.