ERATH COUNTY (March 5, 2018)- Local Girl Scout Victoria Saucedo will spend her Spring Break in a rather unusual way. Instead of going skiing or relaxing at home, Saucedo will represent the Girl Scouts of America at the United Nations 62nd Session for the Commission on the Status of Women.
“I look at it as an opportunity to learn something,” Saucedo said. “Also, I have done a lot of humanitarian service trips to other countries. I have learned about the status of women across the world, so it’s a chance to voice my opinion on issues that I feel are very important and issues that I have experienced in other countries.”
The Girl Scouts of Central Texas was one of three councils selected to send representatives to New York City. Saucedo is one of 15 girls selected from across the country.
“When I got the email, I was shocked,” Saucedo said. “I didn’t think it was real at first. But, I worked really hard to prepare for the interview process, so I thought I had a pretty good chance at getting it.”
Saucedo joined Girl Scouts at five years old and feels that all the work she put in helped her achieve this honor. Saucedo said she joined because her mom and grandmother were both Girl Scouts, but now she loves Girl Scouts for herself.
“It just kind of ran in the family,” Saucedo said. “I ended up enjoying it all 12 years. It’s a great youth organization for girls. I think it molds you into a stronger woman and a stronger individual.”
Besides being a Girl Scout, Saucedo attends the North Central Texas Academy as a day student. She is also involved in National Honor Society, volunteers for Meals on Wheels in Erath County, competes with 4-H and plays the bassoon in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.
“I want to be a doctor,” Saucedo said. “I’m looking at neurology and want to attend St. John’s University in New York City.”
Saucedo will represent the Girl Scouts organization from March 9 through 17. At the Commission on the Status of Women, Saucedo will attend various meetings, meet people from around the world, attend a general UN session and speak on specific issues.
“[I am most looking forward to] meeting a lot of people from around the world,” Saucedo said. “I feel like it’s a chance to voice my opinion on an international level.”
The Commission on the Status of Women is “dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women” according to its website. This year’s priority theme is to address the “challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
“I think [the greatest issue women face] is the access to education,” Saucedo said.
Saucedo’s opinion comes from a two week trip to Ghana where Saucedo built classrooms, taught English and attended an all-girls boarding school.
“[The girls my age] asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I would tell them that I aspire to be a doctor,” Saucedo said. “They would always tell me they wanted to finish high school. The fact that [the girls] are in high school is a big deal. That is where the issue really caught my eye.”