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! »

VOF 2013 Application: What I learnt!

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 the 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 a 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 ”!



I am so happy for you. You deserved this honor my sister. Patience sure pays. I am very happy for you. Keep pitching the voice to the highest rafters, we will be rooting for you.
I know a win for one woman is a win for mankind.
Keep it up, wishing you all the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Greengirl's picture

Your Voice Resounded Too!

I appreciate your Spirit of Sisterhood and support my dear Phionah. I am sure together, we will continue to 'pitch our voices to the highest rafters'. Your voice will continue to make a difference and be sure that you will always have my support too as you keep speaking out for what you believe in; and the change you strongly desire for every woman and our World. God bless you.

In warm embrace,

PeopleWeaver's picture

Good going!

Congratulations! I am happy for you. Help us speak out.


Greengirl's picture

Thank you Jeanne

I am so grateful to you for reaching out. Together WE CAN!


Gracious's picture


We will support you


Greengirl's picture

You are Truly Gracious

Thank you so much my sister and friend for your support. You are truly Gracious indeed and in deed!

Much Love,

You are among those who I felt had a strong chance of moving forward.
As you have very rightly said, the selection process would not have been easy at all.

Congratulations to you dear. and looking forward to getting to know you better.

By the way - I like that green behind you. Such a refreshing green.


Greengirl's picture

Me too

I certainly also look forward to getting to know you better my dear Aminah, the unique woman of the Maldives. May be too, with me by your side, you will get GREENER. Haha! You know I can never forget the GREEN ODE you shared with me. Your words of support and encouragement propels me even more to stay GREEN and get every one to be GREEN.Haha!!!!!


Blessings and warmest regards,

Maya Norton's picture

I felt emotionally invested

I felt emotionally invested in finding your name on the list. It was the first one I looked for each time. Congratulations! We will all benefit from every opportunity you have to amplify your voice.

Warm regards,

~ Maya

Greengirl's picture

Dearest Maya

I can bet that you already made the list with your very first submission; which must have held everyone who read it "SPELLBOUND". Though it was emotion evoking, it certainly was a very captivating piece of writing. I am glad to have the privilege to be on the list with you. Looking forward to learning more about you and from you.


Sharontina's picture


You deserve more my dear Greengirl. All my prayers and wishes for every step of yours ahead. I am there with you.


Merlin Sharontina

Greengirl's picture

Dearest Friend and Sister

Thank you so much for standing with me all the way. Your voice certainly stood out and you were an inspiration to me. You still are because your voice is unique and will always be heard. I know you will continue to speak out and inspire me and many of our sisters and friends who have come to identify with your leadership and support.

I am forever grateful to you for always being there to urge me on!

Lots of love and hugs.

Oh my sister, I am very happy to you. I didn't succeed but i know that my time will come. Do your best to speak to all of us.

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

ola.mahadi's picture

mabrouk = congrats

Dear greengirl so happy for you to be in selected list enjoy the process and i will be there to saupport you.
Stay green

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace

Precious M's picture

Never give up

Dear green girl,

Patience is a great virtue. I am glad you never gave up and here we are today. Please remain green.



My pen speaks

Greengirl's picture

Thanks Sister

I appreciate your words and I trust that you'll join the green train!
Unrepentantly but humbly GREEN!

Thank you.

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

Face to Face with the U.S. Special Envoy to DRC

Face to Face with the U.S. Special Envoy to DRC

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

Highlights of the 2014 World Pulse LIVE Tour

Highlights of the 2014 World Pulse LIVE Tour

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative