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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I'm a blogger, writer, trainer, translator/editor with a passion for books, human rights, gender issues & women's rights, online media and the Caucasus region. Originally from Holland, I'm now based in Armenia.

My Areas of Expertise:
online media, Caucasus region, Armenia, gender, human rights


Emily Garcia's picture


Welcome to PulseWire, Myrthe!

We're so excited you've decided to join us here as our first member from Armenia! I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

You can share your ideas and visions by writing in your journal, reading other member's journals and offering comments, and joining groups to participate in the discussions.

I see you're already a blogger reporting on issues in Armenia seldom covered by the media, and can't wait to hear more about these and about your own personal experiences living in this country. If you even wanted to re-post writings from your blog here in your journal so that they could reach a wider audience, I'm sure the PulseWire community would be thrilled.

If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any particular interests, please let me know and I will try to steer you in the right direction.

You might, for example, consider checking out the World Pulse Book Club for starters since I see you share my passion for books! Here's the link,

Welcome again, and I hope you will find a happy home here on PulseWire!

Warm regards,


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

Myrthe's picture

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your warm welcome, Emily.

I have been looking around a bit today and already found lots of things I will be returning to for inspiration, learning or information. I'm looking forward very much to becoming involved in the PulseWire community.

My blog about Armenia has been a bit comatose for a while, but I have plans to revive it soon, when I have a bit more time on my hands (read: when my current job ends in a few weeks). I will definitely be writing about issues that are of interest for other members or PulseWire so I'll share the links or republish the posts here. I may even repost some older posts that are still relevant, once I have time to dig through them.


Emily Garcia's picture

Awesome! I encourage you to

Awesome! I encourage you to do so and can't wait to read them.

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

michellee's picture

Hi there!


Welcome to our community! I can't wait to hear more from you--it sounds like you have a very unique perspective. I hope you find that PulseWire is a great place to share and learn from others. I know I am inspired everyday by our members from all over the world. Let me know if you have any questions about our community and I will try to steer you in the right direction.


World Pulse Technology Associate

Myrthe's picture

Thank you, Michelle. I am

Thank you, Michelle. I am very much looking forward to becoming active in PulseWire. In the short time I've been around here, I have already found many new ideas, inspirations, people, things that make me curious to learn more.


Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hi there

I also look forward to hearing more about issues in that region, it is great that you found us here and can help us learn about the important issues facing woman in that area. Was it a big change from Holland to Armenia? It would seem so to me who has never been to Europe but they might be similar in more ways then they are different.


Myrthe's picture

Thanks for your comment,

Thanks for your comment, Maria.

I could give you a very long answer, but I'll keep it short for now. I'll probably write a longer version about it in my journal. Before I moved to Armenia, I'd already spent four and a half years traveling back and forth between Holland and Armenia, so I knew where I was going. I also spoke Russian (the second language here) already the first time I came to Armenia in 2000. That helped a lot in making friends and finding my way around the country, because the Armenian language is not closely related to any other language and the Armenian alphabet is completely different from ours.

Armenia is located between Russia, Iran and Turkey and it used to be part of the Soviet-Union. Culturally it is also located at the crossroads of the Middle-East and Eastern-Europe. The people and the culture have always reminded me of the Middle-East without the Islam (Armenians pride themselves in being the oldest Christian nation on earth) over which a sauce of "Russian-ness" or "Eastern-Europeanness" has been poured.

Armenians want to be European, modern and Western in many ways, but they are deeply oriental at the same time. It's an interesting clash to observe.

I'll leave it at this, but I promise to write more in my journal soon. I think I've just found my first topic and a half-written post at that! ;-)


Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!


Myrthe's picture

Thanks, Fatima! I have

Thanks, Fatima! I have started looking around the community a bit already, but I'm looking forward to digging in even deeper and try to make the best possible use of PulseWire for learning and inspiration.

jadefrank's picture


Hi Myrthe,

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Where in Holland are you from? I lived in Amsterdam for a year and loved it. Such a great international mix of people with Dutch charm abounding.

See you around on PulseWire!

Warm regards,

Myrthe's picture

Thanks for your comment,

Thanks for your comment, Jade. I'm really looking forward to becoming involved in the PulseWire community.

I am originally from the north of the country, not far from Groningen. But I lived in Utrecht and Leiden for about ten years before I moved to Armenia. I studied in Amsterdam, though, but I never lived there.


jadefrank's picture

My Story

Hi Myrthe,

I would like to invite you to participate in a new writing opportunity to be published in World Pulse Magazine. We are asking women around the world to tell us what Land means to them.

Check it out!


zoneziwoh's picture

warmth welcome

i look forward having you sharing with us your opinion on gender advocacy and sustainablity.
i am also a freelance writer, gender/health advocate , cultural promoter, talkshow host.

see you

Stay Blessed



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Arda's picture

The ARMENIAN flag!

I just have to say it was so exciting to see the Armenian flag under your name. I happen to be originally Armenian. My sister is currently living in Amsterdam, so to see this connection of Armenia, Holland and pulsewire in your bio compelled me to write and say: welcome welcome welcome! I have never been to Yerevan and am so looking forward to read more from you!

All the very best,

Myrthe's picture

Thanks so much for your

Thanks so much for your welcome, Arda! I'll be starting writing here soon, that's a promise. :-) And if you ever happen to come to Armenia, do let me know!



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bd's picture

Blessings, Myrthe

Thank you for your kind words; I look forward to reading about your mentoring experiences with girls. I'm also on that path. Not always so easy, but rewarding in so many ways!

What are some of the activities you're engaged in with the girls? Are they empowerment-based?

In beauty,

Never doubt in the dark what you saw in the light.


thank you

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