On the International Day of the Girl, We Honor Our Own Girl Scout, Pearl Nkosi
We are happy to announce that Lesego Pearl Nkosi will be recognized as this year's Future Woman of Distinction (FWOD). It is appropriate that we make this announcement on the 2nd Annual International Day of the Girl which is being celebrated today, October 11, 2013. The day was dedicated by the United Nations in 2011 in order to raise awareness about the unique challenges girls around the world face every day, including a disproportionate lack of educational opportunities, economic and legal disparities, and domestic and sexual violence. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York will mark the day with a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Girl Rising on October 12, 2013.
Pearl was chosen as this year's FWOD in part for her Gold Award project, which exemplifies the theme for this year's International Day of the Girl, "Innovating for Girls' Education." Her project helped girls in her hometown of Pretoria, South Africa, by teaching them math, science, English, volleyball, and self-esteem building activities, while helping them see and appreciate the world beyond their small community.
Pearl also is member of the inaugural class of our new Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI), where she is further developing her skills to lead and to and to make a difference in her community, our country, and the world. "I am determined to be a great Girl Scout representative no matter where life takes me," she says. "Living out the Girl Scout Promise and Law has filled my life with purpose and fulfillment and given me the confidence to be bold and take on the world."
We are thrilled to have Pearl as our 2013-2014 Future Woman of Distinction; she joins a roster of equally impressive Future Women of Distinction honored in past years. Pearl will be recognized at the 2013 Women of Distinction ceremony on October 29, 2013.
With her passion, her courage, and her confidence to make a difference and help other girls overcome discrimination and hardship, Pearl joins young women around the world on the International Day of the Girls and beyond who will use their drive and vision to effectively advocate for themselves and for others, locally and globally.