First off I would like to thank the Foundation for funding this incredible experience, and for that I am eternally grateful. At the Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations we were able to hear stories from girls all over the world and the hardships they must deal with everyday. Being able to listen to these stories was truly inspiring and made me want to work even harder in GLI meetings to truly make a change for the girls in our community as well as worldwide. My favorite thing said in one of the stories was “I will become the doctor my parents wanted me to marry”. That really stuck with me because it shows how society has seen girls, but it also shows the goals of girls and the passion they possess to achieve the goals they know they can. So thank you again for this inspiring and unforgettable experience.
The trip to the United Nations was really life-changing and amazing. We got to stand in the same place as people like Malala and Emma Watson. I was most amazed at how our speech was selected and put in an event with people from all around the world. These people were watching this event from places such as Egypt and Columbia. I felt so lucky and honored to not only attend the event but be a part of it. I was amazed at how many amazing and passionate people were surrounding me and it really inspired me to become more involved in not only the GLI club but in the feminist movement in general.
This trip to New York for the International Day of the Girl summit was truly inspiring and life changing. I am honored that I was able to go twice, and both times offered unique, but great experiences. The stories you hear open your eyes to struggles girls around the world face, and now I am even more motivated to continue working hard for equal rights for everyone. As well as hearing the stories we also got to hear about other cultures and religions along with the ways that those affect girls and women. I think that everyone who can should go sometime in their life.
Four Woods students traveled to the Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations to see their work performed as part of Girls Speak Out, an event celebrating girls and girl leadership. At Woods, they participate in Girls Learn International, a club that raises awareness about the need for girls' access to education around the world.
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