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Welcome to PulseWire!

We are excited to introduce you to the Visionary Voices Network Advisory Group. We hope that this will be a safe and productive space for sharing and learning with each other and for guiding the development of the Visionary Voices Network.

You are reading this message on our group journal, where every member of the Visionary Voices Network Advisory Group can post entries, ask questions, and comment on other posts. This journal will house our group discussions over the next couple months. To get the conversation started, please introduce yourself on our group journal and answer the following questions:

- What is the mission of your organization?
- What motivates you to do the work that you do?

To make a post to the Visionary Voices Network Advisory Group journal:
1. Go to the group homepage and click the “Contribute” tab about the group description.
2. Choose a title that best represents the subject of your journal. Perhaps for this introductory journal, you could use the name of your organization.
3. Type in some key words associated with the subject of your journal. To learn more about tagging, click here.
4. In the Journal Entry space, answer the questions above. This is the main text that will appear in your group journal.
5. If you wish, you can attach a picture, or any relevant documents to your journal.
6. Click “Submit” to publish your journal in the Group Journal and an email notification will be sent to your fellow group members.
7. We encourage everyone to read each other’s journals in the group and write comments to begin a dialogue.

Please also take a moment to update your PulseWire profile with information about yourself and your work. Please note that PulseWire is an open forum, and all information that is shared through your profile, journals, and comments, is public. There is an internal messaging feature for private communications if you wish to share personal or sensitive information. Your safety and security are incredibly important to us and we commit to using safe online practices in our group.

Please feel free to contact Jade Frank if you have any questions about the technical aspects of the PulseWire platform, and Michele Kumi Baer if you have any questions about the Visionary Voices Network.

Again, welcome, and thank you for joining the Visionary Voices Network Advisory Group. We look forward to working with you to develop a community of GFW grantees on PulseWire!


Breese, Dianne, Iris, Jade, Laura, Michele, and Whitney


Laura Shapiro's picture

Hello and welcome!

My name is Laura and I am the Online Communications Manager at the Global Fund for Women. I have over 15 years' experience in online communities, and for the Visionary Voices Network, my role is to advise the GFW team on community management.

I am very excited about getting to interact in a truly global online space, and looking forward to our conversations.

michelekbaer's picture

Welcome everyone!

My name is Michele Kumi Baer, and I manage the Global Fund for Women's social media presence. I was initially drawn to GFW because of the amazing work our grantmaking enables around the world. I find myself constantly inspired by the work of our grantees and look forward to meeting all of you.

All the best,

dianne's picture

Hi there, everyone!

I'll take a moment to introduce myself, too!

My name is Dianne. As a part of the Americas team at the Global Fund for Women, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with and learn from our grantee partners throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. I’m continually inspired by the efforts of our partners to advance women’s rights throughout the region, and I’m excited to see how this online community can serve as a way for women leaders to connect, share, grow, and dream together.

I’m motivated to do this work because our world has many overwhelming issues and problems to address, and I know that women can – and do – create solutions. During my lifetime, I’d like to see shifts in power and consciousness – towards a more inclusive, feminist, compassionate co-existence.

In addition to my work at the Global Fund, I am inspired by yoga, biking, cooking, photography, and travel.

One quick note - I’ll be traveling without Internet access from June 22 through July 12. During this time, you won’t hear from me – but I’ll be back and will join in the discussion at that time. I look forward to getting to know all of you upon my return!


Breese's picture


Hello! My name is Breese McIlvaine, and I am the Online Community Assistant at World Pulse. I have been on staff here since January and have found that PulseWire serves as a powerful tool for women to tell our stories, share our experiences, and connect with others in a safe and supportive enviroment, which is filling a void for so many. I’m excited to work with the Global Fund for Women and all of you, helping you navigate PulseWire, and assisting with any questions or technical needs you may have regarding the website.

jadefrank's picture


Dear sisters,

Welcome to PulseWire! I am the Online Community Manager at World Pulse. I have witnessed this community blossom from 500 members, when I first joined in 2008, to the thriving community it is today of over 9000 grassroots women leaders from 185 countries. I am excited to be here with all of you to support with technical assistance, offer introductions to other experts and leaders within our community you might want to connect with, share exciting resources and advocacy opportunities as they arise, and most of all to listen to and learn from each of you - on how World Pulse can improve our platform to facilitate deeper dialogue, more fruitful connections, and greater learning across the global women's movement!

Love, Jade

Mirs's picture

About me :)

Hello team ! Individuals ! Activists and women !
I am mirna haidar who lived and grew up in both ivory cost and lebanon ( currently in Lebanon ) I am a Nasawiya member and have been heavily involved in all sorts of activism ! Online offline ! Grassroots ! United nations ! Advocacy ! Lobbying and so manyother things ! For me feminism has the solution to racism descrimination of all sorts and poverty ! It is no longer limited to gender equality but to equality an justice ! Which will give its result by having a " normal " gender equal society !
Just yesterday Met with many women from rural area who suffers the consequences of the nationality law in Lebanon ! Which on paper says " the nationality law is given by blood " and that law like many other are not applied for political purposes ! And these women suffer from the very basic of living or existing on paper to pursuing their education or to get a basic health coverage ! And all of that due to our politicians ! Then later on the night organized and had the fundraiser party for migrant domestic workers which went so well ! Community leaders from Nepal Ethiopia philippine and so many other country seller thee traditional food and hand made craft !
I couldn't think of a better way to introduce my self but by telling you what my everyday life looks like !
I am very much excited about this advisory group ! And world pulse in general ! If you would like to know more about Nasawiya and it's ongoing initiative ( like girls geek camp and many other ) or the migrant workers task force or the anti racism movement ! Please let me know !
Lets make this happen !
Hugs form Beirut !

jadefrank's picture


Dear Mirna,

Thank you for this wonderful introduction. I agree - what better way to get to know you, than a glimpse at your daily life as an activist, as a leader and as a global woman! Nasawiya was just featured in World Pulse Magazine, and I am eager to learn more about your work through this collaboration, as well as what feminism in Lebanon looks like.

I am definitely interested in learning more the girls geek camp, and other Nasawiya initiatives. Thank you for diving into the discussion of this new group and taking the initiative to lead conversation. We are eager for others to join so that we can all learn from each other as media leaders across the global women's movement!


michelekbaer's picture

Welcome Mirna!

Hi Mirna,

Thank you so much for sharing your daily life with us! There is so much work you are involved in. Truly inspiring to hear about your projects.

Have you been at all involved in the Girls' Geek Camp that's happening this week? I just saw Nadine tweeting about it :)


dianne's picture

Hi Mirna!

It's a pleasure to meet you, Mirna! It sounds like you are actively involved in many areas that intersect - I'm excited to hear more about your personal activism in all of these various spheres. Welcome!


GenderMediaCaucasus's picture

nice to see you

dearest colleagues,
I'm Galina from Tbilisi, Georgia, the GenderMediaCaucasus is the name of my NGO.
I'm just now from Central Asia where I worked with journalists and women movement activists;
I visited the towns Khujand in Tajikistan and Osh in Kyrgyzstan - the both with many different problems;
the pictures you can see here
and here
I Kyrgizstan I've interviewed the president Roza Otunbaeva - for my magazine, in Russian
All the best to all of you!


dianne's picture

Hi Galina!

Welcome Galina!

You have some great photos there, thanks for sharing. Is that you in the three photos from Tajikistan, on the first page?

Looking forward to getting to know you!



Thank you for sharing your photos from your trips to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. What beautiful landscapes and people. I especially enjoyed all the faces you captured -- such a diversity of expressions, ages and emotions. Stunningly captured :)


IsaDuque's picture

Hi Dianne

My name is Isabel Duque from Chile. Presently I am part of Isis Internacional team in Santiago de Chile. I am working in a consultancy basis for Isis Santiago in the documentation center. Worked in the past for Isis as a permanent staff in the violence against women program and as a documentalist in the documentation center. Coordinated and information liason for the Latinamerican and Caribbean Network against violence against women. Speaks spanish, english and french.
In addition to my work at Isis, in the south of Chile (Linares) I have a small production of honey.
Waiting to contribute to the discussion proposed by this group.

michelekbaer's picture

Welcome Isabel!


Welcome and thank you for joining us! We are looking to begin our discussion next week and look forward to getting to know you and Isis Internacional better.


dianne's picture

Welcome, Isabel!

Dear Isabel,

I'm so glad you are able to join us on Pulse Wire. Looking forward to getting to know you better, and to learning more about your work with Isis (and maybe about honey too!).


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