Five local Girl Scouts using their spring break vacation to change the world
A lot of Central Texans are enjoying their spring breaks right now, but this week five local Girl Scouts are using their vacation to change the world -- they've been invited to the United Nations 62nd Commission On the Status of Women.
"[We're going to] find out what other countries are doing for the empowerment of women and girls, and what we can do as the United States to advance other countries and girls and women in our country," said 18-year-old Isabelle.
A group will spend a week meeting with representatives from other UN member states.
"I'm very excited, but also nervous," said Sarah, who is also 18-years-old. "It's going to be a surreal experience."
The Commission On the Status of Women was established in 1946 to promote and discuss a variety of topics relating to women's rights. These girls believe their voices as young women are especially important to bring to the table.
"This is our problem, it's our future as well," said Sarah. "So it's very important for us to be aware of the issues, to actually be present and involved since it will affect us in the future as well."
"Young adults are talking, and they're asking for policy changes and adults are listening," said 17-year-old Melanie.
And they say their experience as Girl Scouts prepared them for exactly this.
"All girls in Girl Scouts are taught that we can do anything, whether it's in a STEM setting or we want to go into politics, we're told that we can do basically anything we want and girl scouts gives us those leadership, advocacy, and communication skills," said Isabelle.