A Journey to Remember

October 26, 2016
Aminah is a youth delegate from Uganda.

It all started when I got the good news that I was going to travel to the United States to represent Ugandan girls for International Day of the Girl. I was very excited about the opportunity to travel and see what’s out there.

From the beginning, it was a great experience, but also  a big responsibility: representing millions of girls! As soon as I landed in New York City, my eyes were opened wide. I met new people who I now call my good friends, and I experienced a new culture, which has taught me a lot as a person. What an adventure!

It was an intensive, non-stop week, I must say, participating in different events and discussions at the United Nations, Nickelodeon, Save the Children, UNICEF, and Facebook. Even for one day, I took over the Melinda Gates Instagram world.

It was great to be able to learn more about how International Day of the Girl is a great opportunity to amplify the voices of girls around the world. Personally, I was inspired when I heard the experiences shared by other girls from the U.S., El Salvador, Kenya, and Liberia. This has given me a chance to learn more about the issues that affect girls globally.

This experience also made me determined to take on challenges. These challenges are not only in my community, but also in other communities. And, regardless of their difficulty, we should never lose hope – and we should always be ready for what is next.

As part of the international delegation, I learned a lot to take back home and share with the rest of the youth in my community. And, I feel I need to do more to raise awareness and advocate for our rights as girls. I have learned that by coming together as a group and bringing our voices together for a common goal, we can amplify our message and create major changes in the lives of many people.