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Mid-point Blog


Hello 2013 VOF Correspondents,

Can you believe that we are at the midway point in our program? I am going to write a blog on World Pulse updating our community and readers of the progress we have made thus far. I would love to include your voices via quotes.

If you have time before Tuesday, please answer the following questions:

In what ways has the Voices of Our Future Training impacted your thus far?

Has anything surprised you?

Anything else you would like to share?

Thanks Everyone! Be on the look out for the blog in a couple of weeks.




Tara Celentano's picture


I am surprised at the level and quality of real, human connection that women can forge across cultures whom have never had the chance to meet face-to-face, using the internet as their sole medium of communication. The idea that our simple exchanges of communication are helping to create concrete, positive changes in communities around the globe inspires those of us in the program to keep striving to realize those visions of which the correspondents write and speak.

Zoepiliafas's picture

Thank you Tara

What a great quote! LOVE IT, will have to quote this in the BLOG!

Thank you

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager
World Pulse

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Tara- I love your

Tara- I love your observation, and am so very glad you have been happily surprised. I hear you!

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


Y's picture

In what ways has the Voices

In what ways has the Voices of Our Future Training impacted your thus far?
I am humbled by the realization that the life I am blessed with, in 2013 United States of America, is so greatly blessed by the power of democracy. What I live today has been hard-won by many on the front lines of media and activism, as are the participants in WorldPulse. I see the situations in other countries and pray that we can all see the value of giving each person in every country a voice in a democratic process.

Has anything surprised you?
I am suprised by the extent to which the world continues in the way that my country walked IN MY LIFETIME! I hope to help bridge the gaps between countries and cultures.

Anything else you would like to share?
I am amazed at the heroism and dedication in the women of cultures, outside my own, who are, literally, risking their lives to be catalysts for justice. I wish blessings from the universal sacred spirit on their/our earthly efforts.


shahd's picture

In what ways has the Voices

In what ways has the Voices of Our Future Training impacted your thus far?

I am more involved, more aware, and have more ability to be patient and tolerate people and situations. The fact that we are working so closely with our community, makes us better people

Has anything surprised you?

I was surprised by the amount of trust, love, and passion the program members and I have for each other. the trust that we do not give away so easy, the love we dont feel unless its so impressive, were just very natural during the program

Anything else you would like to share?

My mentors literally changed my life.

This to the Women of VOF with love and support :

“You know how some people, when they're together, they somehow make you feel more hopeful? Make you feel like the world is not the insane place it really is?”
(Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)

- Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

In what ways has the Voices Of Our Future Training impacted you thus far ?

In more ways than one. It fostered my spirit and belief that humanity still exists.It made me realize that I play such an important role in bringing to the fore voices that were so far unheard. It has made me more beautiful and humane and reiterated the fact that when women come together and work progressively, they have the power to change the world.

Has anything surprised you?
Yes, I did not realize that through this program, I had the power and privilege to change the lives of so many. By writing, sharing and standing up for these countless women, we are truly and finally making our women count.

Anything else you would like to share?

The training program has empowered me. Today, I am stronger than yesterday.The essence of leadership instilled in me will go a long way in bringing a positive change not only to my community, but to women around the globe. I realize, I have a much larger and more responsible role to play,which will push me further to achieve my goals.

Mukut Ray

Ayunnie's picture

A Matter of Perspective

In what ways has the Voices of Our Future Training impacted you thus far?

Through VOF I have been able to received knowledge on journalism and how to cover compelling solution based stories and articles. I have improved on my writing skills with the aid of my editorial mentor who assisted me on how to use transition words. I have learnt how to navigate through the web and how to use new technologies in communication like skype; this has made me ahead of my peers and colleagues at my work place. But more importantly, the network I have made through VOF is awesome! I have learnt a lot from my fellow 2013 VOF correspondents and their cultures, I have learnt a lot from my mentors, our coordinators Zoe and Delphine and from our instructors who take us through various modules. I belief VOF is an opportunity for us to move beyond writing articles and discussions on women issues. But a better way to connect and reconnect around our common goals, to truly hone our voices on women issues and advance women's equality and human rights in our respective countries. This will pave the way for new generations to enjoy true and sustainable equality.

Has anything surprised you?

Yes-The founder of WP-Jensine. For a long time I was wondering to myself the brain/s behind world pulse. I got to read about Jensine when Zoe told us about her birthday. I was surprised and moved by this Exceptional, Exemplary, Meritorious, Outstanding, ‎Excellently, Brilliant Magnificent and a Real Innovator woman of power! Who brought grassroots women from all over the universe! I will forever be grateful for being a beneficiary of VOF.

Anything else you would like to share?

I wish to commend WP for their noble course on digital journalism. In addition, I am proposing WP program to be scaled up, may be through having programs in each and every continent to harness more voices on women and girl-child issues.
Also, I propose WP to mount its digital activism by DENOUNCING all forms of abuses and marginalization on women and girl-child, with the STRONGEST voice possible to demand change! This can be done through leaflets and fliers, developed by participants and other members!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

The VOF training has helped me structure my writings to have more impact on the readership. So far we have been exposed to interview techniques, profile writing, writing front-line journals as well as Op-Eds. It makes a world of difference to pitch the writings right, to the right audience taking into consideration the subject matter.

The training has also opened my eyes to a wide variety of issues women all over the world faces. But more importantly it has made me more aware that our struggles are quite the same - that of lack of empowerment, of social values that suppress women from making their voices heard, the ingrained mindset of self-sacrifice - to take second stage in life. VOF also made me realize that when women talk, we do make a difference. AND we have so much to talk about. So much strength within us - the collective effort of VOF inspires us to speak louder with more conviction.

The level of support from the WorldPulse team is uplifting, the level of dedication and attention to our individual needs is surprising and humbling at the same time.

On top of everything else, this platform demonstrates we don't have to be a giant of a nation to make our voices heard. I from the humble little country is here among as equals from other countries like Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Lebonan, United States, etc

This has been a great opportunity. Right now I am struggling to balance my work, family commitments, voluntary work, with the journey of VOF - and yet I believe VOF is worth every extra effort I can put into it.

A huge thanks for VOF team.


Greengirl's picture

We are all so connected!

The VOF Training has given me a clearer understanding of how women across the world are all so connected. More than ever before, I now know what is possible when women are afforded an opportunity and allowed to speak out, freely. As I listen to the unique voices of my fellow women, I am all the more convinced that women wield so much wisdom and power and are capable and willing to make the world a better place. The learning experience on the 2013 VOF journey has been engaging, revealing, inspiring, transforming, lifting, enriching, fulfilling, exciting.......... I just want to keep speaking until I see the desired change!

As I interact with everyone who is a part of this journey, I am taken aback by the bond of friendship and sisterhood that has unfolded across board. The commonl barriers of distance, race, class, creed, culture and language have become non existent, such that the connections which have been established are boundless! There is no divide!

I relish the expert guidance and commitment of my Mentors, the sisterhood and solidarity of my fellow correspondents and their Mentors, the understanding and support of the World Pulse Team, as well as the cheers and love extended by the entire World Pulse Family. Together we are better and stronger!

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