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Call for Submissions: Taking Your Voices to Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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If you haven't yet heard, World Pulse is taking your voices and recommendations to the Rio+20 UN Summit Conference on Sustainable Development. I invite you to submit your stories for inclusion. Learn more at

Call for Submissions: Taking Your Voices to Rio+20

In partnership with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), World Pulse is collecting personal stories from women around the world outlining their experiences and recommendations on sustainable and equitable development for presentation at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

All stories submitted on the World Pulse community platform between now and June 3 will be presented by the Women’s Major Group at the Rio+20 Conference from June 20-22. Additionally, selected entries will be published in World Pulse’s digital magazine and distributed widely to international media partners.

Why Rio+20?

The full potential of women as leaders and beneficiaries of sustainable development has not been fully realized. As half the world’s population, women need to have equal opportunities and a strong voice in all aspects of making sustainable development a reality." —Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women

Women work two thirds of the world's working hours, yet receive only 10% of the world's income and own only 1% of the world's property. The potential for women's leadership in the protection, management, and recovery of the natural environment is arguably the greatest untapped resource for a successful, sustainable development model.

This year we have an opportunity to address governments and policymakers at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. We must ensure that the summit outcomes represent women's priorities in achieving gender equality and environmental justice for a sustainable future.

How Can My Voice Be Included?

"Women leaders are a potent immune system for the Earth. Now it is our job to crank up the volume on the often-unheard voices so that they can become an unstoppable, vibrant force for ecological restoration: quiet no more, loudly roaring and gushing with life." —Jensine Larsen, World Pulse Founder

Follow our submission guidelines to ensure your voice reaches the Rio+20 summit. The Women's Major Group will draw from your experiences and recommendations to address world leaders on adopting clear and focused measures for implementing sustainable development.

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Waqar Azim's picture

Thank u jadefrank

Thanks for information.

Les viols et violences basées sur le genre dont les femmes de la RDC sont victimes; sont des situations que nous plaçons à deux niveaux:
- Premier niveau: En RDC les viols et violences sexuelles sont les résultats des guerres interminables qui sont menées à l'Est de la RDC. Personnellement, je pense que ces guerres n'ont que deux objectifs: l'humiliation de la femme si pas son extermination et l'exploitation des ressources du pays, lesquelles ressources rentre dans le pays sous forme d'armes pour l'extermination de la population congolaise. Le déplacement des populations ne fait qu'augmenter et comme conséquence, la pauvreté ne fait que s'aggraver ainsi que la propagation du VIH/Sida. Ces guerres ne font que faire péril de milliers d’innocents femmes et enfants. Il est grand temps que la guerre arrête et arrête définitivement en RDC et que le Conseil de Sécurité des Nations-Unies pense immédiatement a la Nation Congolaise en trouvant une solution immédiate d'une part, en ce qui concerne la présence des FDLRs sur le sol congolais et d'autre part en travaillant avec le gouvernement congolais en ce qui concerne les groupes armes incontrôlés en l'intérieur du pays.
Ma suggestion en terme de piste de solution et au nom des femmes congolaises de ma communauté de base : Les FDLrs doivent quitter d’abord les forets, ils seront placés dans un camp ou ils seront surveillés, par un groupe militaire mixte (Rwanda, RDC et Nations-Unies). Ensuite par la voie de la diplomatie, trouver une solution durable qui arrange tout le monde sans violence.
- Deuxième niveau: Les violences fondées sur le genre, nous pouvons plus les attribuer aux pesanteurs culturelles et au retard des femmes dans l'instruction et l'information. Et pour ce cas, les femmes doivent développer des stratégies d'auto prise en charge. Leadership des femmes congolaises doit travailler pour une politique adéquate a la matière. L’applicabilité des textes légaux ce qui nécessite un travail de plaidoyer est très important à ce niveau.
Aujourd’hui toutes les personnes congolaises crédibles avec un bon sens n’ont pas besoin de deux choses si ce n’est qu’une paix durable. Pas même un seul projet de développement avant que la paix durable ne soit restaurée sur toute l’étendu de la RDC en général et particulièrement au Nord et au Sud-Kivu ou la population se demande si les deux provinces sont le sacrifice de la RDC.
Mme Ntakebuka Wilhelmine,
Coordinatrice de VICO.

Les hommes peuvent travailler jours et nuit, mais tant qu'ils peuvent pas faire participer les femmes ils ne peuvent pas reussir. La femme reste le partenaire incontournable de l'homme. C'est avec la femme que construit le monde.

Developper la femme c'est developper le monde.

Ms. Asha Purna Kachru's picture

gender and agriculture

in the last 20 years of my work and life experience here in villages of the southern state Andhra Pradesh of India, promoting organic agriculture and women's empowerment, I have come to realise very clearly how patriarchy and globalisation have not helped the female small farmer to come out of the hurdles she has as a woman and as one who did not get access to education due to very early marriages. The various doles that the govt gives for women's empowerment get eaten up till they reach the village level bureaucracy, by the middle and upper level bureacracy. and what remains is not given to the real beneficiaries, namely the poor women, also bcoz they never get to know if the doles in time and also do not have time and permission from their men to go and fetch their due shares. the men are often jealous if women have cash and more often than not even start suspecting them of bad behaviour . globalisation has made things worse for women. food items have become too expensive and as the small farmers do not have access to the international market, they cannot benefit from the new possibilities. nobody helps them with the information required on how to access the international markets. they are mostly illiterate sill.
unless the Govts (and the international organisations put enough pressure on them) give priority to girls and women to be able to go to schools and colleges without having to work for money for the welfare of their family members AND unless the international organisations put pressures on MNC's who enter rural areas for various kinds of enterpneurships, that they have to give a good share of their earnings for this purpose, it will be impossible for the larger picture to change in the interest of rural girls and women.

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