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Welcome to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group 2010

Welcome to the Voices of Our Future 2010 Applicants Group!

Your voice is important to us and we are so excited to see women from around the globe joining our group. Even though there are only 30 spaces in the full, five-month long program starting this November, we value all the efforts you will put into this application process in the next month.

You are part of a the gathering force of women who are using their voices to change the world, one person, one community and one nation at a time. World Pulse is here because we believe in the importance and value of promoting global issues through the eyes of women and we believe that your solutions are critical to bring about a just and peaceful future. Voices of Our Future is here because we believe that women need the tools and knowledge to fully participate in the new media environment of web 2.0 and citizen journalism, which form a powerful platform for social change.

Starting on September 15th, we will give you learning materials on women and media, web 2.0, citizen journalism and the World Pulse voice, and ask you to complete a short writing assignment. These assignments will be our view into your world, your voice and your visions for the future. During this process, don't hesitate to ask your fellow applicants for help! Post questions in this group, ask for feedback on drafts and connect with one another!

Our staff are also here to assist you with questions you may have. Here is a short introduction to staff:

Rachael Maddock-Hughes, Program Manager for Voices of Our Future: I have been working with World Pulse since December 2009. I have 9 years experience in the humanitarian aid and international community development sector. Prior to World Pulse, I worked in Burma, Thailand, Afghanistan, and India. I bring my passion for gender and development and community centered solutions to World Pulse.

Scott Beck, Program Coordinator for Voices of Our Future: Scott has been working with World Pulse since September 2008. He was key in supporting the inaugural year of Voices of Our Future 2009. Before joining World Pulse, he worked in Nicaragua and Namibia on community development projects. He brings his passion and enthusiasm to help promote women's voices to our team.

Lydia Holden, Volunteer for Voices of Our Future: Lydia has experience as a freelance writer, as well as an editor for international magazines. She has worked in China and India and brings her experience in conflict resolution and a passion for girls education to World Pulse.

Help us get to know you!
Please fill out a short survey before September 15th. This survey helps us know where applicants are coming from, what your background and experience are. This information will be used internally, and if used externally (for reports or donors) it will be anonymous. Click HERE.

We are here to help you finish this process! Please don't hesitate to post your questions to the group journal. We will reply as soon as we can!

With gratitude,

Rachael

Comments

Amani K's picture

Wow!!

I am so excited to be part of changing the way we hear and listen in/to the world. The voices of women, for so many years unheard in the public sphere, are now available for all of us!!! Incredible, their stories of resilience, hope, love and compassion. Thank you World Pulse for your work!! What a gift!!!!

Karambu

Dr. Karambu Ringera
Founder and President, International Peace Initiatives
Vice President, Global Ecovillages Network (GEN) Africa
Advisory Board Member, Women Human Rights Institute, University of Toronto
Member and Delegate, Soroptimist Internationa

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Yes!

We are going to change all of that. So glad that you've joined our community Karambu!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

raquelp_andrade's picture

About application

Hello Rachel i sent a intern message, hope you got it. Please let me know, Thanks,

Raquel

It has been about one year since the first time I set my goal to serve my fellow Afghan sisters. During this year, I have learnt about 5 young Afghan women's life stories and experiences. The process of learning about them led me to a wide understanding of my identity as an 18 years old Afghan woman who was borned during new era of political changes in Afghanistan. Now, my dream is to put my next steps on the path to understanding Afghan women's identity through recent conflicts. Therefore, I will be able to find my own voice. I can see the challenges for my mission, however, I am commited to acheive my goal by learning about 10 more young Afghan women's stories untill 2011.
I hope World Pulse will be a good reference to find the other 10 young Afghan women.

Farida Royesh
First year undergraduate student
Asian University for Women

jadefrank's picture

Dreams

Hi Farida,

Yay! I'm so happy to hear that you are applying - Afghan women's stories must be heard!

In friendship,
Jade

Farida Royesh's picture

Thanks dear Jade...I will ask

Thanks dear Jade...I will ask my friends as soon as I meet them.
wish you all the best,

Eliana's picture

I am glad to read and hear

I am glad to read and hear from all women around the world and great gift to all of us. It is a unique enrichment. Everyone of us, no matter where we come from, has a story to tell. And that's great opportunity to do so.
Greetings and wishes of a peaceful day to everybody
Eliana

Eliana

loyce's picture

Hello Women of the World

Iam so excited to be part of this global network of women's voices. I want the world to hear about stories of women from rural Uganda especially those with living with HIV& AIDS. The issue of stigma and discrimination is still very high in our communities.

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

Eleanor Goroh's picture

Greetings from Borneo!

Hi everybody!

I am very happy and grateful to have this opportunity. Excited & looking forward to this learning journey.

Cheers!

Welcome! We are glad to have you as part of our community!

-Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

zoneziwoh's picture

Excellent Course to Promote

Dearest All, this is an amazing ground for women to exploit their writing skills at thesame time expressing their view. what a dual opportunity for women to excel in rigorous writing and thus a brave step, Women speaking for themselves.

I will do my best promoting the call in my local networks.

Courage!
Zoneziwoh

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

Dear Zoneziwoh,

Thank you! Please spread the word about this program. We want as many women to sign up as possible!

Kind regards,
Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

ola.mahadi's picture

Girl from sudan happy to be here

Hi every one here i am glad i made it to hear i cant wait to meet people and make some friendship over here i liked the site idea and i think i will gain lots of things as well as being able to share my experience in Sudan-Africa as a civil society working person who keep in touch with women and working on women empowerment although i might not be well a wear of the issues but together we can do better
so here iam
Ola Mahadi
Information Officer
Sudanese women Empowerment for Peace (SuWEP)

www.suwepmovement.org

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Ola, I am so glad you

Dear Ola,

I am so glad you have joined our community. I look forward to hearing about your experience as a civil-society worker in Sudan!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Grace Nakajje's picture

Yes we can

This is the long awaited journey i had ever wanted to participate. Thanks to Voices of Our Future.

Thank you
Grace

shaziya yousuf's picture

i too have lot to say

Hi everyone, i am a journalist from conflict torn kashmir. i write about society and women victims of kashmir. i have been meeting and listening to the stories of kashmiri women victims from two years now. i can tell you what it means to live a life of women in a conflict zone. i can write about that women perspective of war that no one bothers about.

mrbeckbeck's picture

Thank you...

Shaziya,

Thank you for being here to share your voice about Kashmir. This is a region that the world needs to know more about... we're glad to have you in our community!

Best wishes,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Beverly Rose's picture

Aloha from Lana`i

I am honored and excited to be part of this incredible group of women! This is the first time I've joined an electronic network, so I'm on a learning curve....

Looking forward to exchanging ideas and being part of this amazing project.

In Peace,
Beverly

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Getting started

Dear Beverly,

Welcome to our community! We are very glad you have joined, and honored since it is your first social networking experience. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. If you haven't already taken a peek at our PulseWire Getting Started Guide, you can do so by clicking here.

Cheers,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Uzma Hameed's picture

Wellcome All women

Dear i am really happy to know that there would be a platform where voice of all women can be heard and it would be a good opportunity for me to make others to listen the voice of Pakistani Females........

Looking forward to be part of this program

Uzma Hameed
Project Manager
Mountain Institute for Education development
Pakistan

saifora's picture

Rising Star

Glad to have friends who shared with me this exciting information, where not only i can get the chance to excel but to make many other good friends around the world. Woes are the same but the happenings are different. Happy is the news that the passion everywhere and in everybody is the same to sooth them. We (Women) are fortunate to have access to opportunities that would lead us to better services for our other country men and women.

Looking forward for a longterm relationship with WorldPulse and other friends-------Ofcourse last but not the least the training opportunity too.

regards

Saifora
Kabul, Afghanistan

kareaids25's picture

Greetings from Calabar, Nigeria

This is an incredible opportunity to learn and share with so many other women and i cant wait to make the best of it. Thank you voices of our future for this opportunity.

Warm Regards,
Nita, Care aids-Nigeria

spectraspeaks's picture

Naija

Hey there, I'm also Nigerian. Looking forward to hearing about the work you're doing on the ground, as I'm moving home in December!

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Spectra Speaks | Queer Afrofeminist Woman Warrior
"Your Voice is the Most Important Part of Any Movement"

Blog: http://www.spectraspeaks.com/
Twitter: @spectraspeaks

MaryEveShalom's picture

Seattle USA

To see the future coming like this. To possibly be a voice....I've waited and wondered and watched. When will we know that women have the answers. Women have the patience, the joy, the peace. The qualities men aren't permitted to express. The qualities that we need now, to heal. Heal the planet, Heal our babies, Heal ourselves. May we now rise up and be heard : )

Much Love to World Pulse and Partners for this opportunity.

Mary Eve Shalom Trueth.

Peace Be,
MaryEveShalom

hamzy's picture

The Time for Change has Come!

Hi all, The time have come for us to make a different, The time has come for us break our silence and speak in one voice, The time has come for us to Act. Let's all join hands and move this motion forward beyond borders. Every one has a role to play, for we all are change champions.
Cheers,
Hamzy!

Cheers!
Hamzy!

ToriLynn's picture

Voices Rising

I am optimistic about our future as a world and as women. It cheers my heart to read all of the cooments from above and to know that women of all ages from all over the world are getting together in this wonderful forum. I am also nervous and at a learning curve for online communities. Thanks for doing such an important job. Blessings, ToriLynn

spectraspeaks's picture

Global Women's Voices, FINALLY!

Hello Everyone!

I'm so glad to e-meet you all. When I saw the facebook page update today about applying to be part of such an incredible, GLOBAL, women's movement, I was SO thrilled. I thought to myself, "I'm going to apply; even if I don't get selected, to be part of a community of global thinkers who are committed to raising women's voices is a cyber dream come true!" (No, seriously - it is)

On my blog, and in my email signatures, are my words, "Your voice is the most important part of any movement." I believe this with every bone in my body. I have been blogging, writing, sharing my experiences, speaking out, and speaking UP in forums where women's voices, queer/LGBT voices, immigrant voices, etc, have been missing, for years. So stumbling across this online community today, where I'm being encouraged to raise my voice for the purpose of creating progressive solutions, is pure serendipity!

I have longed to be braver, more savvy about contributing my thoughts and perspectives to mainstream media and publications, but I don't think I've ever been confident/brave enough -- I didn't/don't think I have the skills necessary to get published/read/listened to. But I'm SO eager to learn from even just participating in the application process, and from interacting with all of you.

Thank you SO much for putting this together!

In solidarity,
Spectra

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Spectra Speaks | Queer Afrofeminist Woman Warrior
"Your Voice is the Most Important Part of Any Movement"

Blog: http://www.spectraspeaks.com/
Twitter: @spectraspeaks

mrbeckbeck's picture

Happy you're here

Spectra,

I want to say how happy I am that you've found us, and that you're here to raise your voice to a global audience!

Be brave, be loud, and speak your truth... I can't wait to read your assignments!

Thank you for joining us,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

sahar's picture

eXCITED AND ready

Hi everyone !

I look forward to start knowing you all and networking for the good of all people that we care about .

Many blessings !

Sincerely

Sahar Nuraddin

follow me @snuraddin
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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
- Helen Keller

Milestah's picture

It all begins with a question

Hie All

I am very excited to be part of the movement. Its always inspiring to see women come together in the spirit of sisterhood. As women we are questioning our oppression and suppression, the continued injustices perpetuated by patriarchy. We are taking charge of our lives. We are reclaiming our space , amplifying our voices and joining forces to create change and equality for all. This platform will give us the opportunity to speak out and break the culture of silence.What better way to empower ourselves than to use this space..

Aluta Continua!!

I define Myself

pisethinfo's picture

Can I join?

Hello everyone! I was wondering if I could join this group as I am a man who works for women's media organization. I would be happy to be allowed to join as it will help me to raise women's concerns and others related to the world.

Piseth,
Cambodia
Women's Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC)

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Piseth, Although we

Dear Piseth,

Although we appreciate your interest and know there are a lot of very supportive men out there, this program is specifically for women. We want to ensure that women do not feel like they have to censor their thoughts and stories, and we feel that in a mix-gender group, some women might not be completely comfortable.

I encourage you to be supportive to the members in this group, read their stories, and encourage the women in your life to join. We appreciate your understanding!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Noor Alwachi's picture

Worm Greetings From IRAQ

I am very Happy to join this Great Group .. this is my first experience for me and I wish it wont be the last..
I am very excited to share all the stories of iraqi women here in the land of war , their struggles , and hard works to provide their families and children a better life.

waiting to hear from you

Best Regards,
Eng Noor Alwachi
Iraq

Eng. Noor Alwachi

omniae's picture

Excited

I am quiet excited about such a program and hope it will be useful either way!

Omnia Al Desoukie
Freelance Journalist-Egypt

Twitter: www.twitter.com/omniaaldesoukie
Linkedin: http://eg.linkedin.com/pub/omnia-al-desoukie/b/244/1a0

Caroline Mbetse's picture

still new

I still new in World pulse. I'm looking forward to Networking, Sharing and learning from the members. This is ayoba.

Aida Dervishi's picture

Greetings I am so excited to

Greetings
I am so excited to have joined World Pulse community and I got more excited when I saw how many women from different parts of the globe have there been in this network. I hope to have the opportunity to talk and share views with as many women as possible.

Looking forward to discussing with you and improve my skills through the training program.

Congratulations to World Pulse on this initiative!

Kind Regards,

Aida.

Miriama Brown's picture

yay!!

Bula Vinaka from Fiji!!
wow this network sure is pretty exciting and I am so glad to be a part of it. I am very new in World pulse actually i just joined today thanks to my friends in Tonga!!! I am so looking forward to making new friends through this network and also to read and share about women in our regions!

Thank you World pulse for accommodating me!!
Best regards,
Miri

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Shivalaxmi's picture

Great Opportunity

Thank you World Pulse, for this wonderful opportunity. I am really glad to learn about women empowerment through the voices of my sisters all around the world.. Excited! yah..

Regards,
Shivalaxmi Arumugham
Student of Asian University for Women.

aarsenal's picture

Happy accident

I'm happy I stumbled upon this group on Twitter. Retweeted and shared on Facebook and LinkedIn! I hope to get to know all the other members. Warm greetings from the Philippines!

Anna Arsenal
Quezon City, Philippines

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Life is how you Design it.

mrbeckbeck's picture

The magic of Web 2.0

Hi Anna,

I'm excited that Twitter brought you here, and that you re-shared the opportunity! What an amazing turn-of-events... Web 2.0 is truly bringing the world together! Thanks for being here.

Best,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

aarsenal's picture

RE: The magic of Web 2.0

Thanks, Scott! Too bad I found the group so close to the deadline. I'm sure my mates from SocEnt class would have jumped at the opportunity to join. - Anna

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Life is how you Design it.

FLORAH MWASHI's picture

Great Strides

It is astoundingly amazing how much information and opportunities global initiatives are presenting now for women!

I just happened to stumble on this site and was very excited. The world over, women have been marginalized is every sphere of expression. I am looking forward to meeting women driven to rise up for their fellow women, exchange views,and ideas.

PulseWire is that opportunity that women must appreciate and embrace..

PulseWire, Great Work and keep it up.

Florah Mwashi

alia's picture

My great chance

hello beatuiful ladies

I do not have something more to say after i read these comments, but I always was trying to get such chance to exchange my experiences with women from around the world

This training concerns me a lot, especially that I intend to complete my MS on women's studies.

Thanks for accepting me.

Alia Al-Rabeo
A Syrian Journalist

SunFish's picture

What a wonderful platform

I'm excited about the work World Pulse has done to create a fabulous platform for women all over the globe to have their voices be heard, to impact change within their community to make it a better place for everyone.

Look for the message in the mess!

Futura-Estrella's picture

Wonderful Timing

I'm still baffled that I have not heard of this sooner but better late than never! If it weren't for my friend Ariel I would not have joined and just after reading what this program is about and the comments I get the whole feeling that this is one of the most positive and uplifting things that I can hopefully be apart of. Im so excited to learn :)

♥ With Love ♥
Shimone R.

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Shimone, We are so glad

Dear Shimone,

We are so glad you found us and are part of our community and this application process! Feel free to spread the word about World Pulse and Pulse Wire. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook as well!

Cheers,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

NI NI AYE's picture

Exicited to go inton the classroom soon

Hi All
I am so existed to be in the classroom. I am sure I would be hearing strong voices and exchanging expert ices .

Glad to be here.

NI NI AYE

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Rudzanimbilu's picture

Thank you, thank you

Hello All,

This is such a wonderful opportunity, to learn, to share and to take action. It feels really great to be hear, reading your post make me feel proud to be a woman and I hope that the contribution we make in our respective countries increases awareness and most of all it gives voices to girl children.

My name is Rudzanimbilu, I'm from South Africa. I've always wanted to write about poverty but it's always not news. And my prayer every single day is that every woman, every girl and young women should have access to education so that our voices can be raised. We are no longer going to be sidelines, we are going to rise and we are going to find ways and means to empower us and that feeling is great indeed.

Thank you once again for all,

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

mrbeckbeck's picture

Welcome!

Hello Rudzanimbilu,

I'm thrilled that you're here to share your voice with us, speaking from South Africa to the world.

We WILL rise together, and create a better world for everyone.

Good luck with the application assignments!
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Rudzanimbilu's picture

Thank you Mr. Beck

I just read your words now and I felt so empowered especially the "We WILL rise together...." part. Thank you.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

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