Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Introducing myself and my journal: The person I am

About Me:
My name is Cris Sardina and I am currently the national Co-director of the Desiree Alliance (DA). DA is a national organization based on a coalition of sexworkers, academia, sex educators, researchers, public health agencies, service providers, who lead the sexworkers rights movements etc. I also co-founded the Women's Reentry Network-WREN in 2004. WREN is women ex-felons assisting other women (ex) felons in & out of Arizona's penal systems. My passion is in social justice and I have forever been an advocate for disenfranchised & marginalized populations. I have a bachelors degree in Women's Studies and a masters degree in Social Justice.

My life has not always sounded this rosy. I was raised in an extremely violent alcohol & drug induced environment. We lived in extreme poverty; my brothers, sisters, and I stole food to eat and clothes to wear for school. I was heavily involved in drugs & alcohol for many years until I began to see my daughters (I have 2 children) were following in the same footsteps. At age 37, I got sober and broke the chain of dysfunction. One daughter graduated from community college and one daughter is attending a university. Loving myself has been the greatest gift I have given to me. I realized without love for yourself, you have no real love for anyone else.

Today, my life has improved tremendously. My education has allowed me to lead and represent on higher levels of activsim, policy-making, and organizing. My street education has given me the insight to lead from the bottom-up and an understanding of the real problems that affect the people who are marginalized.

I feel I would be a perfect candidate for the program. Since Desiree Alliance is a virtual organization, we depend on technological systems of information gathering, coalition-building, and correspondance. Growing up without these systems of technology (I am 50 years old), the benefits of this program would personally help me lead Desiree Alliance.

My Passions:
Activism for social justice

My Challenges:
Technology & lack of job opportunities due to my status as a felon

My Vision for the Future:
Restructure Desiree Alliance

My Areas of Expertise:
Social Justice


Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. 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!


Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative