"There is now overwhelming evidence that women's empowerment has the most far-reaching effect in improving the lives of all men, women, and children."
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
Women and girls are the answer.
The global balance is shifting; women are shaping the future of our communities and nations. In fact, most international institutions and organizations agree that empowering women and girls is the fastest way to solve world problems. It’s a movement that is centered around solutions rather than blame. It’s a movement that’s already begun and World Pulse is here to broadcast their voices around the globe.
Women are not equally represented.
Women are consistently excluded from top economic and political decision-making positions and their voices are drastically underrepresented in international news media. Since media presence is one of the most visible forms of power and authority, women's essential contribution to solving global problems and framing public policy debates is directly proportional to their representation in the media.
Despite the fact that women represent more than a third of working journalists around the world, less than 1% of the world’s editors, department heads, and media owners are women. —International Federation of Journalists
7% of women are cited in global news stories on government and politics —International Women's Media Foundation
1% of world's financial resources owned by women —United Nations
15% of women in top global decision making positions —United Nations
Including women’s voices benefits our world.
When women's voices are equally heard and supported in the media, it results in increased family and child wellbeing, more investment in education and health care, better economic growth and job creation, as well as proper transparency and accountability. It accelerates social healing after trauma, as well as information sharing and problem-solving. Most importantly, it strengthens community networks, environmental stewardship, and the democratic process, as well as arts, culture, and creativity.