Campaign Update: Your Voices Are Reaching Far and Wide!
With over 180 submissions from 40 countries, the first phase of our WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign got an overwhelmingly positive response from our community. But the success doesn’t stop there! We’ve been working hard to make sure that your voices reverberate around the world, in a chorus singing out for women’s digital inclusion. Read on to find out more about our Phase 1 achievements!
In January of this year, World Pulse kicked off the first phase of our campaign—motivating women in every country to write their stories on digital access. What are some of the major barriers to getting online? How are women solving the issue of the gender digital divide? These questions and more were answered by our community members—from egatuma in Kenya developing an app to stop violence against women to Iffat Gill starting up ChunriChoupaal, a center where women in rural Pakistan can access technology.
Speaking Out at Forums
The incredible stories and recommendations submitted to the campaign have been heard throughout our network, and women passionate about access to technology are connecting with others—sharing ideas, solutions, and plans to further women's digital inclusion. The testimonies we've received have also been shared with key stakeholders on issues of digital inclusion. In February, community members Olutosin and Busayo attended Social Media Week, where they joined the Web Women Want panel, giving voice to many of your recommendations for creating a World Wide Web that is inclusive, empowered, and safe for women. In March, World Pulse Founder and CEO, Jensine Larsen, attended Silicon Valley Rightscon, a conference where technology companies, government officials, and activists come together to promote a free and open internet. We delivered your recommendations on two different panels, where Jensine shared the barriers many of you overcome to access the web, as well as the innovative solutions being developed by grassroots leaders around the world. The line was out the door to hear from you!
Also in March, our Nigerian community members Busayo, Nabiye Tal, Celine, and Greengirl attended the Alliance for Affordable Internet's Multistakeholder Forum to discuss policies to make the Internet more accessible and affordable. They engaged in key conversations with technology experts, the Ministry of Communication Technology, and other civil society groups. Not only did they participate in discussions around policy and regulation, but they also "genderized" the conversations, to make sure that the voices of our community were being heard in this important conversation.
Listening, Encouraging, Inspiring
Another key success of this first phase of the campaign were the authentic connections that ignited across our community among campaign participants and our volunteer campaign Listeners. From every corner of the globe a dedicated team of 126 volunteer Listeners logged onto World Pulse to support and engage our campaign participants with their encouraging and constructive comments. In return, Listeners were inspired and motivated by the energy, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives they encountered in participants’ stories. Some, like SanPatagonia, were even inspired to write for the campaign themselves! Thank you, Listeners, for your incredible participation in this campaign; your positive impact in the World Pulse community is immeasurable.
Spreading the Word
The successes don’t stop there; we are working hand in hand with our partners to make sure that the voices of our community members are spread far and wide beyond World Pulse. In fact, our partners at Beyond Access were so inspired by the story of Paola from Guatemala, that they republished her post on their site—spreading the word in their community about the role of libraries in empowering women to use ICTs. Stay tuned to our site to hear about more of your voices featured in media and partner outlets!
The second phase of our campaign, Digital Literacy, is already off to a great start with more than 40 submissions! Add your voice today to make sure that grassroots women leaders are heard around the world, weaving the world wide web!