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Congratulations Everyone! Plus, your advice requested to deliver to funders.

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Hello everyone,
Wow, Congratulations to everyone who applied to VOF this year!! Just applying can open up new doors, new friendships and become an amazing adventure. It is hard to believe the application phase is over but a new phase of community connections and support is just beginning. A huge thank you to Rachael, Scott and Lydia and all the listeners who are rock stars and made the application process move smoothly (as possible!!).

We at World Pulse are so excited to continue to engage, to learn from you and hear your ideas and opinions. I strongly encourage you to fill out the PulseWire Survey (on the right sidebar) to let us know how we can make the site better so that you can find everything you need and make your dreams come true.

TALK TO FUNDERS!
Secondly, I'd like your advice on a big question that I think a lot about! I have an amazing opportunity on Saturday morning to bring your voices and advice into a conference of women donors who care about funding change for women around the world. We will be talking about where can we invest money to make a big, breakthrough wave of change for women.

We want your opinion on this. Yes, that's right - we can bring your message directly to funders.

We want to know: What do you think are the top 3 capacities or themes that need to be funded to take the global women's movement to the next level?"

Some examples might be grassroots women's organizing, communications infrastructure, educating girls, policy change.....what are your ideas and opinions??

Please visit the new group i created and post your thoughts by Saturday at 10 am PST!
http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/30514

Can't wait to hear your ideas - even if they are quick ones!

Congratulations to everyone again and we look forward to continuing to hear from you loud and clear!!

Jensine

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Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers, Jensine!

Hi, Jensine!

First of all, let me express my praises to you for this noble brainchild of an amazing woman - World Pulse. You really have the makings of a legend! And really, my unending gratitude for giving us women the chance and the venue to connect with each in a sisterly bonding all across the globe. It's truly great and awe-inspiring to be here!

Actually, I don't know much about investments, particularly on the international level, but I do believe investing on women is a sure way to empower them. I'm thinking along the lines of capability-building workshops and skills training, particularly for livelihood and entrepreneurship. We may also try pooling women resources, like professional services in terms of legal or medical assistance. These could be strong mechanisms to establish support systems where necessary. We can engage in partnerships, networking or linkages with established institutions for the initial stages, until we are equipped to do it our way - the World Pulse way.

Again, my salute to a great woman! All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

larawilliams's picture

Dear Jensine, thank you for

Dear Jensine,

thank you for this laudable initiative. I am sure someting positive and workable will come out of these discussions. Poverty eradication is most important for women. I agree with Emie on pooling resources. I believe a donor base where women/people can donate sums no matter how little or how large will be invaluable. groups or community projects in need can then access these funds for their work.

One of the areas where I have found women have probelms with is the techinical process required from them when applying for funds. Some women do not know the how-to of that process but that doesnt make their need for funding any less important or relevant. If there is a pool of resources available for women that they can access for service delivery in their communities no matter how remote, with flexible but accountable means to access such funding, change will definitely come for women.

I also encourage empowering grassroots communities where majority of women live and work.

I appreciate this forum so much. Keep up the good work World Pulse.

Lara

SLaw's picture

Thank you!

Thank you, Jensine, for this opportunity to make our voices heard! Thank you also for providing the vision for World Pulse.

I followed the link you provided and posted the following in the group journal, but for good measure, here it is again:

I believe one of the most viable solutions to poverty is enterprise development at the Bottom of the Pyramid. This category includes people whose income is below $3000 and includes about 4 billion of the world's population (according to the World Resources Institute). Further, I believe it is insufficient to tackle economic development without coupling it with social development. It would be wise to invest in small business ideas that will have a meaningful impact on local communities through job creation, social justice, creation of infrastructure, et cetera. To this end, I recommend that the following themes be addressed in the discourse concerning where to invest for sustainable development:

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