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World Pulse Rio+20 Statement

June 8, 2012

Rio+20 Women’s Major Group Steering Committee
c/o Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017

To the Rio+20 Women’s Major Group Steering Committee,

It is with great honor that I write to you today on behalf of World Pulse and women from around
the world who have raised their voices on our platform to share their perspectives, expertise, and
knowledge with the Women’s Major Group, civil society, and world leaders attending the
Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. World Pulse is an action media network
powered by women from 190 countries. Our mission is to lift and unite women’s voices to
accelerate their impact for the world. Through our web-based platform, women are speaking out
and connecting to create solutions from the front lines on today’s most pressing issues.

Over the last few years, we’ve watched women around the world use the power of interactive
media to rise out of the shadows and drive change. The 13,000+ grassroots women leaders in our
community are determined to connect globally through information communication technologies
and speak out as representatives of their communities to lead local and global change.
This May, in partnership with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization
(WEDO), World Pulse launched an initiative on our online community platform, inviting global
grassroots women leaders to outline their personal experiences and recommendations on
equitable and sustainable development. We asked individuals to touch upon a key issue area that
addresses the most urgent need for improving their lives, their families, and communities. These
courageous women shared their on-the-ground realities and strong recommendations to world
leaders at Rio+20 on how governments can adopt and implement policy and legislative changes
that address sustainable development issues and recognize and promote women’s economic

It is a privilege to share these 55 statements representing women from 28 countries, including
regions gravely affected by climate change, like Fukushima, Japan, and regions where women
have little representation, like the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For ease of reference, we collated the statements and developed a chart detailing the most
prevalent themes, which include the following: the urgent need for access to safe healthcare
facilities, including for sexual and reproductive health concerns; investment in women's
economic empowerment; women's access to services and technologies needed for water, energy,
agricultural production, family care, household management, and business enterprises; women's
land tenure, property rights, and control over natural resources; and women's participation in
government and business leadership. Download the PDF of this collated document here.

These statements represent the need and demand from grassroots women for their full, equal, and
beneficial integration in all development activities. Their desire to have a voice at the negotiating
and drafting table to represent their communities in bringing forward solutions for the obstacles
that continue to stand in the way of progress must be heard. 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.

World Pulse and our network of grassroots women leaders from around the world stand with the
Women’s Major Group in calling for strong commitments and actions from world leaders to
reform and implement policies that empower women to garner equal access to property,
education, services, and economic and political leadership as they lead their families and
communities out of poverty.

In closing, I leave you with the voices from this initiative, highlighting the powerful vision of
women in the World Pulse community and their recommendations and hopes for what the
Rio+20 Conference can accomplish. We encourage you to read their stories, consider their
recommendations, and share their voices throughout the forum to accelerate the impact of your

In partnership,

Jensine Larsen
Founder and CEO
World Pulse

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