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Back Home from IAC2008 in Mexico City

I am just feeling back to normal again after my first IAC, which happens to be the 17th in Mexico City.

The program overwhelmed me, but valued meeting the faces whose names I always see on PulseWire website - this has spurred me to start contributing, and will do so whenever we have electricity and internet connection. I liked the idea of the Women's Networking Zone which was in the Global Village. However, the space was very noisy and made concentration difficult. I kept imagining how women who are hard-of-hearing could meaningfully engage in such a space whose surrounding din was too much for my aging ears.

I tapped into the energy of younger women in my group of Southern African Women Movement Builders. I feel we were able to cross the line and make our message heard by a sizeable number.

I am truly privileged to have been introduced to Pulsewire at its inception, and now with the engagement in the WNZ in Mexico, am determined to be active on the website!


Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Martha, Greetings! I was at


Greetings! I was at the conference in Mexico City, too. Did we meet? You can see that my profile picture is of me and Leah in the Women's Networking Zone. Yes, it was crazy! But so inspiring to connect with so many courageous, intelligent and beautiful women.

You mentioned making your message heard by a sizeable number. I would love to know more. We are looking for stories that emerge from the conference for our next print edition of World Pulse magazine.

What is the Southern African Women Movement Builders?
How did you get involved?

It is us who are truly privelaged to have you part of our community. We look forward to our journey of discovery and connection together.

Jennifer Ruwart, Chief Operating Officer, World Pulse

Martha's picture

Movement Building Institute

I am not sure if we met in Mexico. There was so much happening. I did meet Leah and Anne-Christine.

The Southern African Movement Builders are a group of women from Southern Africa who are leaders in their communities - most under 30. We started to work on re-building African Women's movements. It seems whenever we menttion gender, then we are told we have to include men. We are reclaiming women's power through a series of workshops wher we share strategies. Just Associates are helping us with facilitation of this. We had our T-shirts inscribed: Caution - Women Crossing the Line. Soon after the World Pulse website presentation on sunday the 3rd, we presented our digital stories - stories done by each individual, telling what they had been through as a result of "culture and traditional norms", how this had hurt and demeaned them, and showing how they were overcoming these injustices. We plan to continue, and our next planned meeting will be in November at the AWID forum in Cape Town.

I will be going to Lesotho this weekend for a week, and might not have internet access until I get back.

Thank you for getting back to me. I find this is what I need most.


Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Marth, I am so glad to know


I am so glad to know you will be at AWID. World Pulse |PulseWire will be there, too, along with Anne-christine. Please find my colleagues while you are there.

In the meantime, I am wondering how we can support your work. What do you need? Do you need a space to share your digital stories? If so, we want to provide that space.

By the way, I love your t-shirt slogan. I want one! How can I get one?

Let's continue the conversation when you get back.

With love and support,

Jennifer Ruwart's picture


do you have a picture you can post to your profile? I love to see the faces of the women on PulseWire!

Martha's picture

Thanks, Jennifer. I have ben

Thanks, Jennifer. I have ben struggling with the technology and have tried many times to upload photos onto the website. It's nver the correct size. I have tried re-sizing to the required specifications, but it still will not work. I will ask for asistance from some IT person (my sister) when I come back from Lesotho. I will consult with the other women who have their digital stories. I am sure they would like that space.

As for Zimbabwe, we need equipment and furniture just to set up our first positive women's office. We are working on our registration now.

Take care

Corine Milano's picture

Assistance with phoot

Hi Martha! Wonderful to meet you on PulseWire. My name is Corine Milano and I am the managing editor at World Pulse. I would love to help you upload your photo to the site. If you email it to me as an attachment I would be happy to resize it and upload it to your profile. I know that there can be difficulties with connection speeds that hinder this process, so I am happy to help you share your photo.

In addition, I would like to encourage you to share your needs for equipment and furniture on the ResourceExchange section of PulseWire. I cannot guarantee that someone will be able to help, but it is possible that someone can help connect you with the resources you need.

Please do consult with other women you know about sharing their voices on PulseWire! We hope to grow a thriving community of women from all over the world, and it would be amazing to hear more voices from Zimbabwe's women!

Again, let me know if you need help uploading your photo. I am happy to assist in anyway I can and I look forward to connecting with you more through PulseWire!


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