Young women from Ghana and Peru to join Arctic sea voyage
26 June 2012
Two young women from Ghana and Peru have been named as the WAGGGS representatives who will join environmental organization Greenpeace’s awareness-raising Arctic voyage this month.
Photo credit: Greenpeace
Yvette Sena Blankson, a Girl Guide from Ghana, and Miryam Justo, a Girl Scout from Peru, will represent 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world when they board the Arctic Sunrise ship later this month and travel to the Arctic sea-ice.
Yvette and Miryam will be joined on the ship by expert scientist Dr John Fletcher, who will conduct world class research into the thinning of the Arctic sea ice during the trip. Chinese musician Hu Haiquan and Greenpeace campaigners will also be on board. Read more about the trip.
The journey was conceived to promote Greenpeace’s new Save the Arctic campaign.
As part of a new partnership between WAGGGS and Greenpeace, a Flag for the Future competition in October will allow young people to design a symbolic flag to claim the Arctic as belonging to the whole world.
About Miryam and Yvette
When I was 9 years old I joined the Girl Scouts; I used to attend every Saturday and haven’t stopped being involved in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting since then.
As part of the Girl Scouts I took part in a local council being the chief of the Project Committee, in which with my peers I organized social aid activities. After seven years, one of them still remains – the implementation of rural libraries in various locations of Peru.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Forestry Sciences from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (in Lima, Peru); during my undergraduate studies I developed my interest in conservation and related topics. I have experience working on conservation projects with the director of the university’s Centro de Datos para la Conservacion (CDC-UNALM).
Currently, I work as a project specialist in the field of Youth Development in an international development organization.
From this event with Greenpeace I expect to raise awareness of the issues that affect the environment in this area of study, to socialise and get to know experts in the field, and to get the chance to see polar bears and foxes in their natural environment!
After the trip I will try to build awareness among my fellow volunteers, my colleagues in my professional network, and my friends and family. I consider the trip to the Arctic a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and my hope for the future is that other people get the same opportunities I have.
Miryam serves as the WAGGGS International Commissioner for Peru, and volunteers as a member of the WAGGGS Western Hemisphere Committee.
Yvette Sena Blankson
I am Yvette Sena Blankson, preferably Sena. I’m 19 years of age. I was born in Accra, Ghana, and I’m from Agona Swedru in the Central Region of Ghana.
I am a Bachelor of Arts student of the University of Ghana, studying Information Studies and Sociology.
I have been a Girl Guide since I was in senior high. I became a Girl Guide because it is in line with my career choice – I want to become a lawyer.
I want to specialize in Corporate Law and Legal Aid, especially for abused women and also for individuals whose rights have been abused.
I also joined the Ghana Girl Guides Association because of the feeling of being a part of something bigger than a family.
I love to sing, do some reading, and dance – which I’m not too good at but it doesn’t stop me anyway. I like making friends and Girl Guiding makes it better. I love Girl Guiding.