On October 11, 2013, I had the greatest privilege to attend the United Nation’s 2nd Annual International Day of the Girl with a few of my fellow Women in Learning and Leadership members from The College of New Jersey.
It was surreal to me that I got to enter the United Nation’s Headquarters and to actually sit in the ECOSOC Chamber. I felt as if I was really working at the United Nations. In fact, I aspire to do so in the future. Moreso, my birthday was two days after the IDG Summit and being present at that event was the greatest birthday gift – and something I will never forget.
I enjoyed the way that so many girls gathered in the ECOSOC chamber to celebrate girl’s empowerment, making it a special opportunity to bond and express girls’ ideas on and confidence in girls’ activism. The girl activists who spoke bravely about their activism truly touched me and made me realize how special and powerful their work is in our communities. When I was that young, I never thought about making changes in this way.
By: Mi-Yeon Park, The College of New Jersey, WILL Program