Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Peaceful Protest

We give birth to daughters to reflect our own image;
Our sons, we give to fathers to use for scrimmage.
When the boys are old enough, they die for their fathers
After creating more warriors with bodies of our daughters.

What are we doing when our men abuse our child or us?
Is laying our bodies over our children even discussed?
Do we use our children's bodies to protect ourselves,
Rather than standing strong in the face of man's hell?

What if we stop bearing babies until our world embraces peace;
Would this be a guarantee that all wars would then cease?
What if every marriage began with a contract for education,
Not only for the partners, but for the children of their creation?

Only we, as women, can stop this eternal madness,
Though a world without children will bring sadness.
Until our men create treaties for world peace,
Let us make a commitment to have births cease.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
Learn more »


Paulina Lawsin's picture

The last line of your

The last line of your beautiful poem reminds me of the documentary on Al Jazeera's Witness that tells about orphanages in Iraq, where hundreds of children live in cramped spaces with very little psychosocial care longing to be "In Their Mother's Arms"

Children are the ultimate victims of war. I agree with you. We should stop making babies until we have created a world that is safe for them.

Y's picture

Thank you so much, Paulina. I

Thank you so much, Paulina. I feel selfish asserting this, as i am a mother of grown children. My children are both wonderful parents, but they both scorn me in favor of their father's family, which believes all children are gifts to the father's family from the mother's loins.

Blessings to you.


Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Mkandeh's picture

Ebola: Sierra Leoneans feel like prisoners

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

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative