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IWD 2012: Honoring women today, and every day

Celebrating IWD2012 at the World Pulse office

On International Women's Day (March 8), people around the world stop and take a moment to honor the women in their lives, and those around the world. There are so many inspiring women and girls that have crossed my path (and almost 12,000 of them right here on PulseWire!). This International Women's Day, I would like to honor one young woman in particular - my dear friend Abigail Burg.

Abby was a bright and beautiful young woman who cared deeply for others and had an infectious joy and curiosity. From a young age, Abby demonstrated her commitment to helping others with community service and other volunteer work. In college, when I met her, Abby was focusing her studies on psychology, justice, education, culture, and other fields that would give her a deeper understanding of what people are going through and how to help them.

After graduation, ever adventurous Abby left the Northeast, where she'd spent her life, and moved to Texas to teach children in impoverished communities through Americorps. Abby's energy, compassion, and optimism were inspiring, and I can only imagine how many lives, young and old, she touched through her work and her friendships. Though her own life was unexpectedly cut short at the age of 24 this past July, those of us who knew her will do our best to carry out her vision for a better world. In this way, the memory and impact of those who inspire us will live on.

Following the example set by Abby and so many more who have worked so hard to help others, I will try to live and love with all I have, explore the world, and work hard to make it a better place.

Who inspires you?



Hin Kunthea's picture

My marvelous mum

"My marvelous mum" is the theme of 101 Anniversary International Women Day celebration in Cambodia.

I am not really sure my mother inspire me , I am sorry to say it frankly, I know that it is really evil thinking.

I sometime feel disappoint with her. But what I know is that she really strong and clever . What ever I think about her in the past but for now I always think about her and pity her, I know she is in the hard time because my younger sister left her and come to stay with me since she have long upset with my mother several thing. I used to fail into in problem unexpectedly, and I try to find out why I feel bad so far. later on I realized that I upset because I am not satisfy with my family and with my self that I am also in the tough time when my second baby was born. Once, I know how anxiety she was and how pain she feel when my father betray her and have date with the girl outside. Now every thing is better when we all try to communicate with sympathy .

That bad feeling was become disappear when I try to openly positive thinking listen to the encourage word and I also got encourage from my spouse and my litter two kids.

What ever what happen to you please be a " Marvelous Mum " to be a leader of your child.

Let celebrate for super mum !!!!

Kunthea, Cambodia

Breese's picture

Dear Kinthea, Thank you for

Dear Kinthea,
Thank you for responding to my post, and thoughtfully sharing your own experience. You are a strong woman, and it sounds like your mother is as well. I hope I too wil be a "marvelous mum!" I invite you to share this story in your journal, and tag it with IWD2012 as part of our International Women's Day campaign.

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Warm regards,

Tripti's picture

She 'is' an inspiration

She is an inspiration. She is all what we can become. Sorry to hear, her life was cut short (as i read along, i didn't expect this), i can see how sisters from other countries go through so much of commitment for helping.
Thank you for this journal, her voice rings in your words.

Breese's picture

Tripti, thank you so much for

Tripti, thank you so much for your kind words :)


Fardosa Muse's picture


To Abby, her family and friends I thank you from the bottom of my heart that you shared with us this story of mix sadness and inspiring . I admire her commitment and effort of helping the community .i can't imagine how difficult it was for you to accept your dear Abby death in such a tender age.She really make difference. It's unpreventable circumstance,but we pray to God to protect her and we will keep her in our thoughts to honour Abby.
My condolences to you all .May she rest in peace Ameen.

Every One, Every Day ,Every Way, Prevent Vi0lenCE AgainST W0men On YouR Way!

Breese's picture

Dear Fardosa - thank you so

Dear Fardosa - thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot :)


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