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Connecting freely

We all want to connect. No matter our culture or what our story, it’s universal and it’s part of our deepest natures. Connection gives meaning to our lives.

In this online community PulseWire, I’ve found an outer platform that matched my inward desire to feel connected. We are all shifting toward a new way of living and it has everything to do with connection- I’d even say it’s exactly why we are living in these times- that we are here to make a great evolutionary jump to a world based on the oneness of all things, to a more connected, compassionate and unified world.

The internet is one of our greatest tools in the building of this world. It is the spider web that connected Subhadra and I.

We met here on PulseWire- me a mother and writer from the U.S., and she an activist and researcher in women’s rights in India. I responded to a post she had written about the barriers that pregnant women in India face. I’d heard lots of stories about the state of maternal health, as I was passionate about childbirth and was researching and learning more about maternal mortality. But there was something that prompted me to respond to Subhadra’s post in particular. She emailed me on a synchronistic day in which I had a thought, a thought that became an idea, an idea that holds potential for much more. I wondered if I could form a group of women from my community to sponsor a “sister-city/village,” to empower women of another city to create change in their community, and to improve reproductive and maternal health. Turns out, Subhadra facilitates reproductive health camps in remote villages. She’d like to extend her work to the women in the slums of the city of Indore. We are corresponding and will collaborate on how the women in two cities, Jacksonville and Indore, might become connected.

All this made possible because of our freedom, inner and outer. I have the freedom to access the internet, to utilize it in my own creative ways to learn and grow and share my voice and connect. While some women work toward having these freedoms, risking their own personal safety, my risk lies in my own vulnerability, of being willing to speak truly and authentically without fear. Of being able to tell Subhadra- I want to help, though it’s easy to think there is nothing I can do; of being able to tell my community- let’s do something we’ve never done, follow me in this unknown journey. Maybe it is within this space of vulnerability that my connections will expand beyond my imaginings!

We accelerate the process of becoming who we are meant to be- a united and whole humanity- when everyone can freely connect.

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In a time when freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What does "Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom" mean to YOU? This month, we invite you to raise your voice by writing about the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet, or how you have used it to change lives and bring about positive change in your community. Click here to learn more about this campaign and how to participate.

Comments

zoneziwoh's picture

Amazing

Dear Carie, this is great.
I admire your dedication in supporting from your sisters. Dear Carie, you may not know the impact you have created. You have save lives, many lives.
I love your enagagement, with out Fear but Trust to believe in the bond of sisterhood.

Thank you for participating and also sharing your story.
Your testimony is an inspiration to many people out there, who are willing to contribute in building a great society but may not know how to go about.

Keep up the good work

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Carrie Lee's picture

Dear Zoneziwoh

Thank you for responding! Your words of encouragement mean so much!
These words inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing...vulnerable as it feels, all our words have such energy!!

love,
Carrie

Daniela I's picture

Inspiring story!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us, Carrie! I imagine it was very exciting to connect with Subhadra right at the time that you were considering what you could do to help maternal health and mortality. It sounds like you have established a partnership that will succeed to help many women in need. Your testimony is being compiled and will be shared with key policy-makers and International Human Rights bodies for global change.

Best wishes,
Daniela

gunu_k's picture

The power of the internet

Dear Carrie,
ever since I began using the internet I have been impressed by the power it gives to marginal people like me to get our voice heard. The interaction with you is a great example of this power and especially of our very own forum Pulse Wire. More power to us ( meaning all the women of this world)!
Subhadra

Subhadra Khaperde
India

Breese's picture

Thank you!

Carrie - thanks so much for sharing this story! Keep us updated on how everything goes with you and Subhadra and the sister-cities! The power of the Internet to connect is undeniable!

Breese's picture

Over the last month, you and

Over the last month, you and other PulseWire members from around the world expressed your views on the importance of Internet access, and the barriers they face. The testimonies address real barriers—like cost—where paying fees at an Internet café can mean skipping a meal that day, or battling frequent power outages can make blogging one post, a multi-day task. Women have also shared security risks faced in connecting online—from the dangers of walking to and from Internet cafes to government censorship. Yet despite the challenges and risks women endure, what has emerged is that the benefits of Internet access outweigh these challenges, and connecting to the web has enabled friendships across oceans, access to fellowships and funding opportunities, and a venue for any woman—anywhere—to have a global voice.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, emphasized the vast benefits of Internet access in his report to the Human Right Council arguing that access is a universal human right, and urging governments around the world to pass laws protecting the freedom of internet access and information. "Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," - Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur and author of the report.

This Action Blogging Campaign will not be the last of our efforts to advocate for universal access to the Internet. Here at World Pulse we hear your concerns and are committed to addressing them. As an online community of women leaders, we want to make sure that women’s voices and their specific concerns about this important issue are heard.

Read the testimonies from PulseWire members around the world >>

Read the UN report >>

Carrie Lee's picture

Thank you to all of you!

This community is filled with so much support and opportunity. I am truly grateful to be sharing in this energy field with all of you. We are all right where we need to be- poised at the edge of many breakthroughs and movements!
I look forward to co-creating with you, Subhadra, and with the force behind World Pulse.
Toward our highest visions!!
Carrie

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