Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

AWID Reflections

Dear Friends,

It was so wonderful seeing some of you at AWID last month! I learned so much from you, and continue to be inspired by the amazing work you all do.

I wanted to share an article written by one of the Nike Foundation GGI girl participants who attended the pre-AWID meeting. For those of you who went to AWID, I will be following up with you individually to hear your feedback and reflections, and how we can better structure these types of meetings in the future. If you feel comfortable doing so, please do share some of your reflections from AWID on this platform as well, so the rest of the group can hear them as well. A number of you mentioned to me at AWID that you are very interested in using this platform, but have been facing some technical difficulties in navigating the site. I'll be conducting some quick tutorial sessions on how to use this site over skype for those who are interested--you should be receiving an email from me soon!

In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy reading this article!

An Ethiopian Girl’s Journey to Build a Better World
By Naboni Etansa | May 3, 2012

Naboni Etansa

From April 19-22, AJWS staff and 25 grantees attended the AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development in Istanbul, Turkey. Seventeen-year-old Naboni Etansa from Ethiopia traveled to the Forum with the Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO)—an AJWS grantee and a partner in the Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative. Below are Naboni’s reflections on her experience.

My time at the AWID Forum in Istanbul was so fantastic for me. I left my country, Ethiopia, for the very first time to go to a very big conference with about 2500 people, mostly women, from 150 countries.

I wanted to go to this conference to expand my knowledge and to learn about new issues. And I did! The conference helped me understand what women’s social and economic status is and how I can improve it. I met people who had very diverse cultures, norms, values, attitudes and ways of thinking. Many people had ideas I did not anticipate, like how to help women with disabilities. I had never thought about this before.

The organizations and people who came together were united in our commitment to fight challenges and injustice: the abuse of women, destructive governments, physical harm to men and so many other problems. Our situations are different depending on where we live. And we all have different solutions, which is really interesting.

These are a few lessons I learned:

1) If we really want to empower women and solve the world’s problems, we have to be inclusive, which means making sure that all of us—black, white, disabled, lesbian, adult, adolescent—are safe and on the right path.

2) Using technologies like digital storytelling and PhotoVoice is necessary to solve the world’s problems. We need to share our stories across borders.

3) It is important for our work to be sustained through generations. We need to evaluate each and every part of our work so that we know how much progress we have made and how we can improve upon things we might not be doing so well.

4) Investing in girls is so important, and girls need to be more visible.

I loved coming together with girls from Ethiopia and from so many other countries to discuss our challenges. We need a safe place to build our talents and creativity in order to develop solutions that will improve the world. Being at the AWID Forum helped us move beyond our own worries in order to focus on what we can contribute to our community, society, country and our world. Maybe we will become leaders and donors some day.

I believe that girls are the best people to educate others about poverty, civil war and conflict. I know that we can build a peaceful and well-developed world.

Traveling to Istanbul for the AWID Forum will remain one of my greatest memories. In addition to the excellent conference, I had the best time on a boat ride. And I really like Turkish pizza.

Naboni Etansa is a 17-year-old girl from Ethiopia. She is a young leader in the School Girls Empowerment Network, a project of AJWS grantee Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO).


Forum's such as AWID's are really inspiring - and we are so sorry that we were not able to attend it.
However, we sincerely hope to hear/read from you about all the experience that you had, stories that other women shared, events and, naturally, parties :-)



Suparna Kudesia's picture

The power of Global Fora

Dear Anjali,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony! Naboni's words are inspiring and speak such vital truth about the work that young women are doing and the monumental impact that they are making and can make as educators, activists, donors, politicians, lawyers, health care workers, writers, and more.

We at RAHI, would love to hear/read more about experiences at AWID, especially from those who attended from this forum. I can only imagine how exciting and inspiring the conference must have been - lots to learn from and so many lessons to take back and grow from! I noticed that Naboni's article mentioned the use of Digital Storytelling. I would love to learn more about how other organizations globally and our friends on this forum are using digital technology and especially the use of digital storytelling in their work. I appreciated how she shared the lessons she learned at the forum. I especially liked the point about the need for us in our movements to be inclusive of all women.

Thank you again for sharing, Anjali. I agree with Infoteka's comment - sorry that we weren't able to attend and it would be great to read more about the conference and the various sessions held.

With regards to the Skype training, yes, we would like to be a part of it and learn more. Looking forward to your email.

In solidarity,

Suparna Kudesia
Peer Educator, RAHI Foundation //

Anjali M's picture

Digital Storytelling

Hi Suparna,

I sent an email to the general RAHI email address about a world pulse training, but please feel free to email me directly to arrange a time over skype that works for you. My email address is You already seem to be able to navigate this site really well, but perhaps I can invite someone from World Pulse to join our call to give both of us a more advanced training!

As for the digital storytelling, an organization called InsightShare provided an overview of their work during AWID and showed some examples of videos that women in various communities have produced with their support.

Here's an introductory video about InsightShare's participatory video work:

Here's an example of one of their participatory videos:
Part of this film ended up being aired on Ugandan television as well as being screened to local and national politicians, donors and NGOs.

If there's enough interest, perhaps we can connect some/all of you directly with InsightShare to learn more? Let me know and I'd be happy to discuss with them and help to arrange something.


Suparna Kudesia's picture

Thank you!

Dear Anjali,

Thank you for your email and patience. The work that InsightShare is doing sounds fantastic and we at RAHI would love to learn more. Thank you again for sharing the links of the videos - what great work and what a wonderful way to be able to share this work with folks globally! I think this is a medium and tool that organizations like ours could really creatively channel our energies to share our passion about our cause with others doing similar work to empower adolescent girls around the world.

Many thanks,

Suparna Kudesia
Peer Educator, RAHI Foundation //

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Myra Musico: My Disability Is Not an Obstacle

Myra Musico: My Disability Is Not an Obstacle

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative