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2013 Correspondent Announcement!


Dearest Applicants,

The Listeners and the World Pulse Team have spent weeks reviewing your amazing assignments. We have felt inspired and moved by your pieces. It was an incredibly difficult decision to select our 2013 Voices of Our Future Correspondents. Our hope is that if you were not selected for this year’s program that you continue to be active members of our World Pulse community. We have built such a powerful and supportive group. We have witnessed the amazing encouragement and connection over the course of the last two months. We encourage you to grow your network, knowledge, skills and passions. We believe that it is our unity and sisterhood that empowers our rise and creates impactful global change.

We would like to congratulate the following applicants as they have been selected to be our 2013 Correspondents for our Fourth annual Voices of Our Future Program:

1. Aminah
2. Anab87j9
3. Ayunnie
4. Bitani
5. Deqa
6. Green Girl
7. Hideko N
8. Iryna
9. Jags 83
10. Jampa
11. Joy Spencer
12. Klaudia Mexico
13. LatiNegra
14. Libudsuroy
15. Mahrukh Pasha
16. Maya Norton
17. Monica 09
18. Mukut
19. Nadz
20. Nakinti
21. Nechesa
22. Passy Mubalama
23. Patsy Lindrio
24. Pelamutunzi
25. Precious M
26. Rabia.Salihi
27. Rebecca R
28. Shahd
29. Tina N
30. Vweta
31. Yosra Akasha

Lastly, Delphine and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your work, your words and your love. We have both left this process positively impacted and motivated by your persistence, resilience and commitment.

With Deep Respect and Gratitude,

Zoe and Delphine


Have you ever heard those inward and outward daunting voices scream at you “UNWAVERING FEMININE PROTAGONIST, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THOSE UNPOPULAR ISSUES YOU GIVE HEED TO, PEOPLE ARE MORE INTERESTED IN MORE CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, SO TAKE A LEAP, GIVE WAY AND SHUT UP”! The voice is so loud and drowning and gives you that feeling that makes you want to zip up your voice. Yet an invisible still voice within and many other cheering obvious voices urges you on “Keep walking and speak out louder until your change yearning voice is heard”.

Dear faithful sisters, dependable friends, unrelenting allies, bubbly change makers, dedicated feminists, way paving trailblazers, stirring heroes and sheroes, painstaking listeners, devoted followers and inspired writers, as an unrepentant and unapologetic but unassuming environmental activist, I have walked that path of life, and also known and experienced very limiting feelings many times over. I have come to accept that my love for being green is innate; and I have no doubt too that what you are passionate about is intrinsic, worthy and laudable.

As I looked though the list of the 2013 VOF Finalists, I found the names of a number of buddies whom I was privileged to have already connected with through their stories and others who have great stories which I somehow never had the opportunity to read. Beyond the names on the list, I could not but also reflect on the many other names I thought I would find but didn’t because the list could only take 31 names. Now I do not envy the responsibility handed to everyone who took part in the selection process; because it is evident that the process must have been a very complicated and difficult one.

In realization that it is actually a lot more easy to speak thank to listen, I just preferred the fact I was an applicant. More so, finding my name listed just taught me to never give up, keep speaking out, stay focused and committed to the cause(s) I believe in; particularly because my participation was my second go at the ‘Voices of our Future Correspondent’ challenge. With all sense of humility I would like to say to every 2013 VOF Applicant, “Let’s stay on course and keep talking our talk, walking our talk, talking our walk and walking our walk because together WE CAN and WILL birth change ”!


surfgirl-CA's picture

"...faithful sisters,

"...faithful sisters, dependable friends, unrelenting allies, bubbly change makers, dedicated feminists, way paving trailblazers, stirring heroes and sheroes, painstaking listeners, devoted followers and inspired writers..." -- I love those words! As a word person, I appreciate your writing. Also, I very much appreciate your environmental work, because for me, the condition of the earth willl be the issue that will most profoundly affect the peace & justice issues that so many of us write about.
-- keep me posted on your work, please! --
from a "painstaking listener",

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Tina Young's picture

Glad for you all.

There is a song that goes thus "Many were called but few were chosen, we are happy we were called..............". With this song in mind, I will like to congratulate those of you who made it to the final 31. Everyone who participated wished to be chosen but we know not all can be taken at the same time. We are are definitely happy to have been called and we stay on together. I promise to keep the faith and the flame.

Love all,
Tina Young.

Chinemu's picture


congrats, put in your best

estelle's picture


Shouting congrats to all VOF winners and keep th fire burning

JaniceW's picture

To ALL of the VOF applicants

See below.

JaniceW's picture

To ALL of the VOF applicants

Each and every one of you dedicated yourself to the assignments, sometimes overcoming huge barriers to publish your story, and I am so so proud of you all. The nature of the program means that only thirty-one will go on to be formally trained under the program but I encourage you all to continue speaking out and sharing with us the issues and challenges in your region of the world.

Also, World Pulse is making the curriculum available to everyone and so you can all develop your skills and confidence as you guide yourself through the same lessons that the selected 31 Correspondents will receive. You can learn about journalism ethics, how to conduct interviews, how to structure your stories for impact and recognition, how to write an op-ed and get it published, and how you can best use Facebook and Twitter to amplify your voice.

You’ve taken the first step in speaking out for your community and becoming an agent for change. Do not stop sharing your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with us. The world needs your voice!

Form a group with the friends you have made, support each other, continue to strengthen your voice, laugh together, cry together and know that the world is listening. We NEED to keep hearing from you, we NEED your courage, we NEED your vision to make this world a better place for all.

Congratulations to each and every one of you for your determination and amazing spirit. It has been a joy to share this journey with you and I hope you will continue being a vocal leader for change.

With deep respect and in friendship,

Binti Kamau's picture


To the final 31:

Bravo to you. I am proud to have made interactions with you in one way or the other. My encouragement to you is that you should keep growing...and when you feel like giving up look at the strength and power within you and keep going. Also don't forget 'A prayer a day keeps the devil Away'


No Retreat, No Surrender

PrincessZar's picture

The best is yet to come!

I had spend the whole weekend just thinking about two things, first I will like to thank God and all those who made it possible for me to be part of this amazing Community. Despite the fact that I did not make it through the list of selected participants I appreciate this platform that has been introduced to me. Inkosi bakithi!

And to say, Congratulations to the selected ladies, wow! reading the list of names of the, I could even recall some of the powerful stories that some of the ladies have shared which brought so much awareness to me about some of the challenges that women face across the globe. Most of the time, I was left in shock, shaken, confused and inspired by the work that you ladies have been doing even from reading your post during the assignments time. May this be a beginning of a new generation of women because I believe that the best is yet to come.

Keep your fire for life burning!

Love Princess Zar

Keep your fire burning!

pelamutunzi's picture

means a lot

i could not believe that i made it but to those who saw the potential in me thank you. my voice will be heard far and wide. my fellow sisters i have enjoyed the walk with all of you lets keep the spirit up. words fail me for im really excited cant wait to start.
thank you for your support

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.

To all of you, who got to be the 2013 Correspondents, a big big hug, from a small-sized girl from Guatemala. I hope to keep on listening to your beautiful stories, and marvelous experiences. Such a honor to have been part of all this. Nothing else but a heart filled with gratitude, to have shared through this long journey we had together. I will surely be fulfilling my soul, reading about your new experiences and beautiful stories.

And to all of those who weren't chosen this time (like myself) I believe we had a blast. I wouldn't have ever thought in my life to learn so many about a lot of incredible women all around the globe. No wonder this place is a community of love and affection, because I can't but describe this journey of mine as of inner self discovery and love sharing. Thank you so much, and I will be still participating as a humble non-official correspondent (ha!) but as someone who has found a voice and don't want to lose it again.

Cheers to all 30 ladies!


susanncruz's picture


Congratulations to the correspondents and to everyone who participated!

Susan Cruz

I am so happy for the 30 winners, May God be with you all and help you on this important task, all the best Love you all.


Nelly Bassily's picture

I can only echo everyone's

I can only echo everyone's heartfelt congratulations to the 31 who were selected to be part of the formal training :-) I wish you all the very best. May your voices be propelled even further. Every interaction I've had with all the women on the World Pulse community has been nothing short of inspiring and a source of motivation for me. I will personally keep on writing in my journal. I will also be sharing updates about my feminist radio show segments and I hope to keep interacting with all of you.
Keep being amazing!!!
Much love,

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Minakshi's picture

A big congratulation

Dear all winners.
A big congratulation to all of you. It is really your sincere effort that gifted this success to you. Keep up the spirit...
Best of luck to you all...........

Lwesso's picture




Hello, 2013 applicants

I was one of your Listeners. I want to congratulate those selected for further training & I also especially want to congratulate ALL those who applied -- for your time & work, your dedication & motivation, & for your unique visions of a better world for women & girls & all people and creatures of the earth. Hugs to you, & please never forget you belong to this caring community. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Tell your sisters & brothers the same. xo/Tina

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

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