World Pulse is thrilled to launch the 2011 World Pulse LIVE speaking tour this October! Can't attend the events in Portland, New York, or Denver? Don’t worry—there are other ways to be involved. Tune in to a live webcast at the US State Department, join a Tweetup to connect with the correspondents in real-time, or follow us on Facebook to get updates from the road! Read More »
Today, freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet. As we witness on PulseWire every day, the Web has opened a new frontier for the free exchange of ideas, exposure to new markets, and global forums for building movements. Yet hundreds of thousands of people are excluded from participating—due to cost and infrastructure, threats to safety, government censorship, etc. Read More »
Over the past five months, thirty courageous women have undertaken a journey of empowerment to become loudspeakers for their communities. They have overcome political uprising and violence in Yemen and the Ivory Coast, faced flooding in Saudi Arabia, power outages and inadequate internet connections in almost every country—all to speak their truths from forgotten regions of the world and bring their visions for change to a global audience. Read More »
At the Women’s Funding Network Conference this April, World Pulse founder, Jensine Larsen, had the privilege of delivering a bundle of letters from grassroots women leaders worldwide directly to the newly appointed UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet. In presenting the letters, Bachelet responded enthusiastically, “Yes, give these to me, reading these letters is what will keep me going.” Read More »
In February I traveled with a World Pulse delegation of women leaders across the dusty Kenya plains to the lush hills of Rwanda and met face to face with hundreds of World Pulse online community members, danced and connected with grassroots women in churches and fields, and hosted Speak Out forums with leading figures in parliament, human rights, law, and media. I came away irrevocably convinced of the readiness of women leaders to push their voices to higher levels and to use communications technology and new media to accelerate women’s empowerment in their communities.
Every day, women worldwide are performing amazing acts of bravery that often go unrecognized. They take care of their families. They stand up for their rights. They seek education. They run for government office. They raise their voices when they have been told to be silent. Through their actions, they are changing the world for all of us. Read More »
World Pulse is thrilled to welcome onto the scene a new UN agency—UN Women—which opened its doors last month. With more power and a bigger budget than women's advocates have ever commanded within the United Nations, UN Women will unite the efforts of existing agencies and take on the major challenges facing women around the world.
UN Women executive director and former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, will have a long to-do list to make the agency live up to its promise. What do you think should be on this list? Read More »