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Vision 2.0: A New Paradigm of Success

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child or a garden patch; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

That quote summarizes my vision. I envision a world that is safer and more equitable for all its inhabitants. In an attempt to realize this vision, I am passionate about the following projects:

Mapping gender-based violence: I want to launch a web initiative that will allow individuals in my city to map gender-based violence. The figures provided through this model, if drastically different from official figures, will reveal flaws in the statistics and force authorities to adopt better statistical methods or to investigate the matter. The project will give a voice to those who would otherwise ignore the incident. It will also indicate the risk-prone areas in my city, enabling the concerned authorities to allocate the required resources and to adopt appropriate area-specific measures. Within days of posting this offer on the World Pulse community, I received technical feedback to bring this project into fruition.

Journalism: As a journalist and blogger, I aspire to give a voice to the marginalized. Through my blog and print reports, I want to reach out to many more local and international media outlets and consequently a wider audience, to make gender-based violence a central topic in most homes.

Anthology: I aim to publish an anthology of country-specific narratives of how women who suffered violence have persisted and contributed to the society. From a pool of at least 100 stories, a committee will select 50 most compelling stories that deserve attention. Since digital books are all the rage now, part of the anthology will be first published as an e-book, and later the full version as a print book to reach a not-so-tech-savvy audience.

Informational booklet: A committed group of volunteers will reach out to parents and community leaders, across 64 districts in Bangladesh, and equip them with gender-sensitive informational booklets which will address misconceptions about women’s health, sexuality, and rights.

Shop and foundation: It has been a dream to help my mother regain her confidence, have financial independence, and have her own identity. She will gain computer literacy, business acumen, and design skills through a woman-centric online store. It will be women-centric not only in terms of its products, but also its promotion and operation. For example, if marketing research insights deem it feasible, the project will feature acid-attack victims as models to help the victims regain their confidence and enable society to witness a different paradigm of beauty. It will also employ victims of domestic abuse. Under this parent company, I want to establish a foundation that will educate women about their rights and also help them reach their full potential through self-development, counseling, and capacity-building programs. 20% of the shop’s profits will go to the foundation. Work is underway to launch the shop within this year.

TV show: This is the most ambitious of my plans as there are obstacles to securing sponsors and approval of channel. I aspire to direct and host a TV talk-show, on a national channel, that discusses the social barriers faced by women; identifies solutions; champions achievements of women; and draws the attention of decision-makers.

I want to be a VOF correspondent because it will build my capacity to bring most of the aforementioned projects into fruition. Being a VOF correspondent, I will receive mentorship and training that will enhance my capacity as journalist and blogger. In addition, for many of my projects, such as anthology, informational booklet, and foundation, I will require mentorship on robust research methodologies, concept frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation procedures, which I hope to receive via the program’s personal coaching sessions. The most rewarding part of being a VOF correspondent is that I will be able to forge connections with a support network of men and women committed to ending disparity and violence in the world.


Carmen's picture

Wow! Big goals and dreams! I

Wow! Big goals and dreams! I have no doubt you will achieve them all. Your vision will come to fruition and many lives will breathe easier because you have lived.

Thank you!


Monica09's picture

Thank you!

Dear Ms. Carmen,

Thank you so much for your encouragement!


tracimichelle8's picture

Wow Monica, So Inspiring!

First, I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. I really touches my heart. What a beautiful vision.
What a lovely, well written entry!
There is so much here, it is so inspiring to me.

The book you will be publishing sounds so amazing and will be so inspiring to others, especially women who have suffered violence and disempowerment in their lives. I believe it will offer hope for their future. It is so important for us to know we are not alone in the challenges we have faced. In the last few years I have come to realize this in my own life. I was afraid to share my story, i felt there was something wrong with me, that no one else had these experiences or feelings. Before I was able to share about myself and my story I read many other storys and started to have hope and feel that I was not alone, nothing was wrong with me, I was "normal". Other women had gone through what I had and had amazing fulfilling lives. I am looking forward to the book!

The Shop and Foundation, Brava!!

In the last sentence: "The most rewarding part of being a VOF correspondent is that I will be able to forge connections with a support network of men and women committed to ending disparity and violence in the world."
I love that you included the men that are committed to ending violence and disparity. I believe that in order for us all to heal we must include them in our conversation and support them. Thank-you my dear for all you are doing!! You deeply inspire me!!
In Appreciation,

Monica09's picture

Thank you so much!

Dear Traci,

Thank you so much for your comments!

I agree. Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote beautifully summarizes the purpose of one's life. It's one of my favourite quotes; one that I read often to remind myself of the meaning of life.

I know the book has so much to give to its readers in terms of ideas and encouragement, but it also requires a lot of mentorship and funding. However, now that I have found this platform, I am sure this dream is not too far away!

I have already received so much support from this platform, from men and women alike, that I cannot imagine what awaits those who will be chosen for the training program!


It is very exciting this time we are in! I am so excited for you and wish to keep in touch and follow your progress.

I am so excited about World Pulse. I have never in my life experienced so much support between women. I feel more and more impowered personally, from reading the storys and connecting on such a deep level with so many like minded women. We are a beautiful people!

Very Sincerely,

AbbyBrown's picture

Powerful Voice

You have such a powerful voice, I have no doubt that you will achieve each of your dreams and goals described in your post! Thank you for sharing your vision with us and for all that you do in your community to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves! Your voice is an inspiration!

Monica09's picture

Thank you

Dear Abby,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to leave a comment!


Sangita Thapa's picture


Dear Monica, Im sure you'll be a VOF correspondent because you are already on your way to materialize your dream. You have such a clear, smart and powerful vision for your future endeavours. I wish you good luck for your every positive attempts. Keep sharing!

Monica09's picture

Thank you!

Dear Sangita,

Thank you for your best wishes and for having confidence in me!


Y's picture

Congratulations on being

Congratulations on being chosen as a correspondent for 2013. With your clear vision and voice, as well as the gift of youthful energy and physical beauty that will open many doors for you, you will be a great catalyst for change.

Blessings to you, Monica.


Monica09's picture

Thank you!

Dear Ms. Yvette,

Your encouragement means a lot to me! Thank you so much for all the good wishes.


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