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Simply being a woman in many parts of the world is a challenge. For me the biggest has been lack of proximity to the source of the problems and people I care about. My husband’s job requires us to travel frequently and the demands of 3 children can mean time and energy are at a premium.

Sometimes I would lose hope. I begin to think that the problems are too vast. What can I do I ask myself? The corruption, poverty, lack of education they all go so very deep. I think I could keep digging for a lifetime and never reach the end of these cesspools. Then little miracles happen via the online community. I read an inspiring story about how a woman, just like me or maybe with more burdens than I will ever know, stands up with intelligence and courage against what she has labeled ‘wrong.’ I avidly scan the how’s of her success and realize that although I might not live to see the change, I can start the rock rolling down the hill and that’s important for all those who will come after.

My solution then comes in the form of developing a network of resources I can carry around with me. One that is available to call on at any time, in any place. PulseWire makes that possible and helps me in my journey. I can tap into the resources offered by so many women all over the world who also care about what I care about. Better, who have implemented grassroots ideas that have caught like wildfire and are restructuring the very same problems that plague my community. By having access to their advice and asking questions I can clarify and formulate plans of my own to meet the challenges I face head on. I can ask people for resources and funding directly. I can send out urgent alerts and calls for action on behalf of what I care about. This platform means I am not alone anymore, that what I say counts and can be strengthened by the voices of others.

Today marks the passing of an amazing woman named Wangari Maaithai, Nobel Laureate and creator of the Greenbelt Movement that saved Kenya. I remember reading she said, ‘ We have come a long way from ignorance to deep insight, from fear to courage and from the streets to Parliament. We moved from self to others, from ‘my issues’ to ‘our issues.’ The online community makes her words come alive for me. Given this kind of support, this treasure trove of information, this wealth of experience I feel hope return. I know that I will make a sustainable difference to the children that have been forgotten in those jails. One child at a time, one day at a time.



akaneko's picture

Dear Irum, Thank you for

Dear Irum,

Thank you for sharing your words with us! I think we can all relate to feeling overwhelmed at times when considering the world's problems, but it's inspiring to hear your vision for the future and how PulseWire can aid you in your mission to tackle issues. The quote from Wangari Maaithai is so fitting for what this online community can do for the global community - your voice, along with others, has the potential and the power to incite real change. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

Best wishes,


elizabech's picture



This is a great piece! I think the idea that getting the movement rolling even if you don't see the end result, is something we all should remember. We often want to see the glory of our actions in our own time and don't act on problems "too big" because there will be no results to see. I loved the tie in of the quote to what you were talking about! It fit perfectly!

Great Job!

Irum Haroon's picture

Thank you

Thanks Elizabeth,
My greatest challenge has always been where to begin. I dream big and think with hope but I can never find a path. I am hoping as a member if this community I can find women who can help me find the path where I can begin.
It's encouragement from women such as you that keeps me walking :)
Best Wishes,

AyeshaM's picture

starting an avalanche

Warm greetings dear Irum,

I loved your statement here: "I can start the rock rolling down the hill and that’s important for all those who will come after." It's so important to remember when we get overwhelmed by the scope of the world's problems, that all we are called to do is the best we can, in the place that we live, with the time and resources that we have been granted.

I also love that you are an activist mother! Children can take up so much of our time and energy that sometimes we disengage from much of what feeds our souls and passion. But reading this reminded me that having a child can also invest us even more deeply in leaving the world a better place.



"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

- Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi

Irum Haroon's picture


Dear Ayesha, thanks for your encouragement and kind words. I do hope with the help of others to start the rock rolling. It means a lot as I want my kids to be proud not only of their heritage but if me. Maybe then my greatest legacy, my children, will want to work towards helping others too. It's like a chain, a seed that we sow that creates a tree that will feed and sustain so many.

Take Care,

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