World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!
Last month World Pulse celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development with the launch of our inaugural Community Advisory Board! This group will help fulfill World Pulse's need to draw on the wisdom of our global community to advise our organization as we grow and develop new visions. Six women's empowerment champions and long-time World Pulse community members generously volunteered to spearhead the initiative.
On May 21st, the advisory board kicked off with its first Skype call, joining members from four continents in a celebratory conversation full of laughter and excitement about their visions for their new role.
The Community Advisory Board will serve as representatives of our online community to give input and recommendations to World Pulse’s staff and board of directors on important issues, projects, and organizational developments, and help generate new ideas and feedback to improve World Pulse’s value to the community.
You can follow their activities and connect with them here on the new World Pulse Community Advisory Board group page!
Meet Leina, Dayanara, Jacqueline, Olutosin, Sahro, and Stella, our new advisory board members:
Chi Yvonne Leina is a journalist, health worker, social change agent, and an unquenchable voice for African women. A crusader against harmful traditional practices that jeopardize the rights of women and girls in Cameroon, Leina has enlightened more than 20,000 women and girls on the dangers of breast ironing. She now provides writing and digital training to high school girls in the northwest region of Cameroon.
Dayanara is a phenomenal woman, healer and cultural worker, community activist, and citizen journalist creating healing spaces for women to heal from trauma, oppression, violence, neglect and poverty in mind, body and spirit. She stands for awakened voices and women liberated, leading the world from a place of full self-expression of their power.
“Let's change the conversation in the world” sums up Jackie's advocacy over the past four years. She has fostered community within social networks from humble beginnings to present-day wide reach. She now faces the biggest challenge in her digital journalism career—to help a new democracy for her country blossom.
Olutosin is a social innovator, social entrepreneur, women's rights activist, citizen journalist, poet, and an expert in transformation. She has trained more than 600 women in Nigeria and India in income-generating activities, such as upcycled crafts. In 2014 she launched her award-winning Trash to Treasure and Abused Women to Assets trainings.
Sahro is a Somali-Dutch gender and governance specialist, with over 10 years of experience in institutional reform, civil society development, women’s empowerment, and human rights advocacy. She is an experienced trainer, a poet, and manager of both projects and people, as well as a Goodwill Ambassador with Globcal International Cooperative.
Stella Paul is a journalist and press fellow of the United Nations who looks at environmental and development issues through a gender lens. She is also a media trainer who teaches women from vulnerable communities how to use mobile phones and social media for self-defense and social change.