Washington, DC
October 10, 2012

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Lidia Soto-Harmon: My name is Lidia Soto-Harmon. I’m the CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s capital, and today we’re here with about two hundred girls who are learning about global issues.

Joy: In Common Ground, we learned about refugees and their journey.

Sarah: We also got passports with our story.

Kaya: My favorite part was earning badges and patches because I really like collecting them.

Soto-Harmon: It’s called the first Girl Scout Day at the State Department and it’s the first time that we’ve ever done it, and the timing is impeccable because actually tomorrow we’re celebrating the first international day of the girl child.

Alisa: My favorite part was seeing Hillary Clinton because she is one of the women that I know most about in government and it was really exciting to see her.

Soto-Harmon: Clearly, for our girls scouts the most exciting part was getting to see Secretary Clinton speak.

Alisa: “Oh my gosh, we’re gonna meet her.”

Soto-Harmon: The Girls Scouts were able to see Secretary Clinton make a very important announcement about ending child brides by the year 2030, Ambassador Melanne Verveer was there as well and to meet Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and to talk about the issues that are really important to girls, not only here in the United States but around the world was an incredibly inspirational moment for our girl scouts. We have just been so excited that the State Department has opened their doors and allowed our girl scouts to learn about global issues. Girls can become advocates. Girls have a voice. And the girls in our country have to be the voice for girls in other parts of the world that don’t have a voice. So our hope after this Girl Scout day at the State Department is that they will take the lessons that they’re learning here today and that they will be advocates for other girls when they go back to their communities.

Joy: ...that I had a great experience and I learned so much stuff.

Kaya: It was really fun.

[Girl Scouts singing]