Thursday was really chilled out - a few of us went for lunch with Pippa, one of last year's WAGGGS delegates who was in NYC for a couple of days. In the evening, we did a few icebreakers and started to get to know everyone for real!
Friday and Saturday were our training days, where we would find out more about what we will be doing at CSW. We started by drawing our individual advocacy journey - the journey that got me to where I am today. This really made me think about what I have achieved since I joined Girlguiding UK as a shy 5 year old who was scared of people, 21 years ago! Here is my advocacy journey:
|My Advocacy Journey|
|WAGGGS delegates hard at work|
|There are no good pictures of my presentation - this is the best|
|GS USA Headquarters|
|The MASSIVE CSW57 banner outside the UN HQ|
Saturday was just a half day of training, and we spent the morning looking at how we were going to lobby and get the message out about what we're doing at CSW. Halfway through the morning, we got our first chance to visit the UN Headquarters! As we stood in the queue to go through security, we could all feel the excitement growing. There were signs and banners everywhere, and there was even a security queue specifically for CSW participants. All of a sudden, this began to feel very real!
The final hour of our training became even more exciting as we realised it was starting to snow. Half of our delegation had never seen snow before, so there was a little bit of chaos as everyone ran to the windows to take pictures and stare at the tiny flakes of white (I'm not even sure we'd have seen them if we weren't on the 25th floor of our hotel!)
By the end of the training days, we were all inspired and ready to go and change the world:
|Me and my advocacy kit!|