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Women: United We Empower Ourselves

For me, finding World Pulse at first seemed like good luck. Now it feels like a larger power within the universe led me here. Having recently moved to Portland last September, I was looking for an organization in the area to volunteer for. My interests have always lied in the realm of human rights, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized my passion for womens' rights and women empowerment specifically.

After stumbling upon World Pulse, I began volunteering on PulseWire. At first I was very intimidated by PulseWire and the idea of raising my voice in this community of such amazing women. I began devouring the journal entries of women from around the world who had such interesting, empowering, tragic, and inspiring stories to tell. How could little ol’ me, a young woman from Alaska who hasn’t done much yet in her life and hasn’t experienced true hardship, relate to these women?

There was one woman who especially intimidated me and drew me into her life through her journal. Tabby is HIV positive and at the time was struggling with an abusive husband. How could I have anything of value to say to this woman? But I began commenting on her journal, just letting her know how much she affected me and inspired me and how despite our physical distance and cultural barrier, I could feel her strength and inner beauty through her words. Tabby expressed her gratitude for the members, like myself, who were reading her words and sending her encouragement and it was through this interaction that I became hooked on PulseWire.

I was connecting on an intimate level with women from around the world who I would never have had the chance to meet otherwise. I was learning about the plight of widows in Africa, human trafficking in Cambodia and the lack of female education in Pakistan. But this time it was different. I wasn’t reading a story in the paper written by an American journalist who took a short trip overseas to report on what he saw. I was learning about the issues that women face, directly from the women who were experiencing it - from their point of view and in their own words.

Now, after four months of working as an Online Community Manager for PulseWire, I have witnessed this community double in size, and swell with incredible women who hold powerful stories, who lend valuable insight, who are making rich connections, and who are proposing dreams for the future – some of which are already coming to light. Reading the assignments of the Voices of Our Future participants has been especially rewarding because this is what PulseWire is all about: providing a platform for women to voice their opinions, experiences and hope, and to connect visionary women across the planet in the name of empowerment. You are the voices that the world is yearning to hear. Your story is the lesson that will teach the masses. Your vision is the future that we long to achieve. I just feel honored to know you.

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Smiles

I think you were one of the first to welcome me and it was so nice to meet someone from 'home' on here! Just wanted to say thanks to you guys for giving this chance to us. I think it makes a nice feeling, at least for me, where my daughters see me happy for what seems like a long time since I have been just 'happy' for no reason. It is especially nice to meet the other woman on here and learn so much about them and their lives.

Maria

jadefrank's picture

Alaskan women

Hi Maria,

It has been a joy witnessing your journey on PulseWire. From the first day that I read your profile, to now - as you have become so active in both your amazing journal entries that chronicle your story as well as provide insight for subjects that every woman here can relate to - to your support for fellow members in your encouraging and engaging comments. And you often mention the love and support of your daughters. They are so lucky to have such a strong and thoughtful mother. I can only imagine what heights they will reach in their future with such a role model as you.

In friendship,
Jade

marietta64's picture

hi

i like your post.There is a real sense in it and honesty - it is nice as you are.

jadefrank's picture

Honesty - best policy

Hi Marietta,

Thank you for reading my journal. You may notice that it was actually my first! Can you believe it - I have been on PulseWire for five months now, but didn't have the courage until now to put myself out there. I was encouraged by the bravery of you and your fellow Voices of Our Future participants who have been sharing so much about yourselves, I felt it only fair to be honest about my own journey. Thanks for showing me the way!

Warm regards,
jade

marietta64's picture

Hi

Then you are not participating in the competition and in fact it is more for foreigners i think.
But you can see in my profile that i am a medium and if you want or need some help just reach me=.

stella Ndugire- Mbugua's picture

hey!

Im totally inspired by your journey. Enough said...

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

jadefrank's picture

And your journey as well!

Hi Stella,

And I too am inspired by your journey - through CREAW, through Voices of Our Future, and through the meaningful life that you lead!

Warm regards,
Jade

busayo's picture

Hi Friend

Jade Dear,
You have been so wonderful, you don't know? you have been touching lives with your words of encouragement.Ride on friend united we stand.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Busayo,

Thank you for your kind words. I am so proud of your journey in VOF and I am so excited about the possibilities for our world when women like you take a stand.

In friendship,
Jade

katea's picture

extending my gratitude to you as well

How could little ol’ me, a young woman from Alaska who hasn’t done much yet in her life and hasn’t experienced true hardship, relate to these women?

I totally understand what you mean by this. I also think this way because I don't have much experience to share. But I think, it's not only in true hardships that we can relate to one other but also in true happiness as well, like what you said being together to empower ourselves.

Your story is our story in the same way that our story is yours as well.

Katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

jadefrank's picture

Our Story

Hi Katea,

Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes - you are right, we can share in many ways. Not just hardship, but happiness as well - and also through our passion for change and awareness. You have been a model of this sharing through your incredible journal entries and your supportive comments in the journals of your fellow members here on PulseWire.

Warm regards,
Jade

Nelly2.0's picture

Exactly

Dearest Jade,

Your post demonstrates exactly what I said about web 2.0 technology in my first assignment. It can be used as a giant support group that cuts across space and time. It's exactly what you did for Tabby. Just letting someone know that you can hear them, can make all the difference. You can give us hope. Thank you so much

Nelly

jadefrank's picture

Thank you Nelly

Hi Nelly,

That is what I love about web 2.0 and especially about PulseWire, it is all about community. And as women, I think we naturally connect with and draw encouragement from a community, especially one that supports us and nurtures our spirit. You give me hope too!

Warm regards,
Jade

TERESA's picture

APPRECIATION

Darling Jade,

Hope you are ok. Am grateful you welcomed me (WorldPulse) VOF. Thanks the hope you have given me and my other Collegues who are in the VOF Applicant. Am longing to meet you face to face one of these days GOD willing. i feel honoured to have met you online. You are kind, loving and supportive to us who joined VOF. and your words of advise are motivating us so much Thanks for your cooperation.

Warm Regards

TERESA

TERESA KAGECHA i would like to use the new password and email to participate in the WORLDPULSE VIEWS - COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION MOBILISING

jadefrank's picture

FACE TO FACE

Hi Teresa,

I would love to meet you someday face to face. In fact, after meeting and connecting with so many incredible Kenyan women on PulseWire, I am dreaming of one day visiting your country. I am so proud of you through your journey in VOF and I look forward to continuing in reading your words and gaining inspiration through your voice.

In friendship,
Jade

TERESA's picture

VOF: JADE FRANK YOU ARE MOST WELCOME

HI Madam Jade,

Thanks sister Jade you are most welcome to Kenya "KENYA HAKUNA MATATA" "KENYA THERE IS NO PROBLEM" . i wish you saw our KENYANS " BOYS CHOIR" singing that song and many others during the inaugration of President OBAMA. When you come thats when you will believe what am telling you. Kenyans are very welcoming they love people. If it will be your first time then we shall arrange and visit the tourists zone e.g. Mara Lodge you will see the Acrobats at Safari Park Hotel. etc ets

From 30th March to 3rd April 2009 the UN-HABITAT (UNEP) KENYA HOSTED ALL THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME AT GILGIL, NAIROBI, KENYA. Our group is among those who were invited. would you like to see our photos taken there at the CONFERENCE ROOM. Anyway, Everyday for those 5days WOMEN'S CAUCAS FROM 8-9AM organised this CAUCUS to provide an opportunity for all concerned with Wome'ns issues on Settlements work to collaborate. majority of Women World Wide met in that Meeting Room after now we would joint the other groups Civil Society etc. We had a lovely time, made friends.

Thanks for your cooperation. See you face to face.

May GOD bless you.

TERESA

TERESA KAGECHA i would like to use the new password and email to participate in the WORLDPULSE VIEWS - COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION MOBILISING

Dear Jade,
you are also the one who inspired me to keep writing. it's my pleasure to meet you in world pulse. I am always inspired from your thought. World pulse is a way to united and empower us.
Thank you.
Keep writing to inspire us.
with Love and regards
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

jadefrank's picture

United in friendship

Hi Sunita,

And it is my pleasure to meet you! You are such a strong voice for the women of Nepal and I have learned so much about your country and about the situation for women there through your courageous journals. Every time I see a new journal from you, I cannot wait to read what interesting and empowering thoughts and ideas you will share with us.

With love,
Jade

sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you and keep writing

Dear Jadefrank,
Thanks you so much for your inspiring words. I will continue writing my thoughts in worldpulse but for next 6 days I will go to dhaka so I will be far from internet. I will miss all of you and your thought. Your voice are also strong and powerful so keep writing.
Thanks
With Love and regards
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Farah Samin's picture

Inspiaring

I really impressed and I really appreciat your writing. It is inspiaring for those who have lots of stories to say, but don't have the courage to express it. I hope it will really encourage all those to write about it clearly. I think your writing is a idol for everyone. Please don't forget to share your stories with us.

Good luck friend.

Farah

jadefrank's picture

Encouragement

Hi Farah,

Thank you for the encouragement. I'm thankful that you have found the courage to express yourself here on PulseWire and throughout the VOF program because your voice is so beautiful and inspiring. All of you have inspired me to find my inner courage and to share more about myself and my vision for the future.

Warm wishes,
Jade

Jade,

Thank you for sharing your story with all the women on the VOF Forum. If we are going to grow together, it is important that we know where each other has come from and where we want to go -- even if we are unsure of ourselves and our place in this world.

I am on this journey with you and, like you, I am learning so much along the way from so many who have inspired, educated, and encouraged me, yourself included.

We must understand that our individual experiences are just that: our own. Each of us has something unique to contribute to this incredible community of women.

Let us never underestimate the value of our personal stories; we never know who we may be helping by simply reaching out with honesty and love.

Best,

Jackie

jadefrank's picture

Honesty and Love

Hi Jackie,

Thank you for the words of encouragement. And I agree - this is truly an incredible community of women and I feel so lucky to be in the company of each and every one of you: to learn from you, to share with you and to unite with you in this movement of women empowerment.

Warm regards,
Jade

LauraB's picture

The Honor is Ours

Jade,

Your journal entry voices many of my sentiments and experiences at World Pulse. I too was looking for a volunteer job that would provide me inspiration, connection, and new possibilities. I wasn't sure what it would be, but I knew its focus was women's voices expanding into new horizons speaking for global renewal and empowerment. I am coming to believe in a stronger way if we can imagine it, it is in fact present. If not present yet, a gathering of strong and spirited people will bring a new voice to light. It's connecting to read your entries and have many of the same experiences.

great to read your posts and comments!
You have so much to say!

Laura

liba's picture

You are an angel

Hie Jade

Thanks for sharing your story with us. You have a very big heart and are an angel , welcoming all and sundry. Iam excited you have shared this journey with us and its real. You have always been very encouraging to me in the few posts I have had the courage to send and it was through your extended hand that I have been able to travel this journey with pulse wire so far. I pray that your strength to reach out to people grows every day because your spirit is amazing!!!

Liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

jadefrank's picture

Dear Liba

Dear Liba,

I just now found your comment and I apologize for not responding sooner. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. The journey of the VOF applicants group was so moving and exciting for me, even though I was not an applicant. Just witnessing each and every one of you gaining strength and courage through the process and baring your beautiful souls to us - I learned so much about you, about the plight of women and about myself. I am so honored to be in a community of women like you. I miss your voice and hope to hear more from your in your PulseWire journal. How are you and what have you been up to this past month?

In friendship,
Jade

liba's picture

Thanks for asking

Dear Jade

Thanks for asking the question pal. What have i been up to?? Life has been very complex for the past 2 months hence my long absence from the vibrant community of pulsewire. I havent been able to access the net till today and am very behind in all the news . Initially the network was playing havoc this side for quite some time. Then i lost my younger brother who comes after me and after that I didnt have enough energy to even try the net. I have also been struggling with my son's school issues because he was enrolled in mainstream school and now they want to have him moved to a special school which we dont have where i am staying. am trying to get somebody at top leadership to listen to my plea so its been quite a hectic and unhappy period. i hope I wiil be able to start communicating again soon and hope to catch up on what everybody else has been up to, network allowing.

Thanks for caring

Liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

marietta64's picture

hi

come and see my and made things

I am really inspired by this article. I could connect with what you are saying. In this world, we can never make it on our own. It is the world around us that gives meaning to our lives. I am also grateful to be part of a community that adds value to my life. I am a woman with a strong desire to see change in the lives of women all over the world

Barbara

jadefrank's picture

Meaning

Hi Barbara,

I love your name because it is the same name as my dear friend and cousin, Barbara. So seeing your name automatically brings me warm feelings. I'm so encouraged to hear that you connected with my journal. And I agree 100% when you say that it's the world around us that gives meaning to our lives. That is what brings me to PulseWire each day, to hear from my female comrades across the planet, to know what actions they are taking in feminism, to understand what plights they are facing, to learn from their accomplishments and to celebrate in their empowerment. I am so interested to hear more about you and what changes you wish to see in Zimbabwe. I follow the news in Zimbabwe, partly because of the recent elections and partly because my mentor from university, Elinor Burkett, has lived there recently and spends her time between Zimbabwe and New York. I sense that you have a strong vision and a powerful voice and I am excited to watch it grow and swell here in this supportive and embracing community of female leaders and visionaries.

In friendship,
Jade

David Kenneth Waldman's picture

New Friend

Dear Jade,

I was moved by your story of feeling how could you add your voice to women that were so experienced and had such tragic accounts to tell. When I first started this journey I also felt the same way. I learned as you have that it is love and friendship as well as providing hope to the hopeless that is what is missing in the world. It is young women like yourself that are drawn to discovering who they are by learning about what they have to give.

I see in your responses, your words, your outreach a woman that is just starting out on a remarkable journey. Girls and women around the world need you as a role model, to show how compassion, taking action and learning about the issues while searching for their own meaning is what education and life is about. Well it is for those that have a heart like you do.

I have been here one day and I am impressed with this organization. Working for girls and women for the last 12 years I am not surprised at the powerful women that are represented here as I have worked with and know that women have been placed as second class by men who can not see their value.

What is impressive in this group of women to learn that your voice is as strong, passionate, and intelligent, seeing what you do not know and wanting to learn more, and I want to acknowledge and support you in your search and work.

Asking to be your friend the first I reached out to is perhaps is because of my work with girls and women, I recognize a spark and potential that is emerging and I want to be able to support you, cheer you on, and do what I can to help you realize your dreams and goals. I would enjoy your support and friendship equally.

Thank you Jade, I too felt guided to find this group when I did.

Cheers
David
To Love Children

David Kenneth Waldman
Founder/President
To Love Children
Doctoral Student

jadefrank's picture

Friends!

Hi David,

Thank you so much for your kind words, support and solidarity. I am inspired by the work that you do in supporting and facilitating education and empowerment for girls in the global south. I was just having a conversation about this with my mom last night. Her book group had just finished reading and discussing Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea", which I had suggested to them. We talked for an hour about the possibilities for the future if more girls gain access to education, and how a little empowerment can go a long way!

As you saw in me, I myself am going through a period of empowerment. Part of the process is a struggle to find my own passions, strengths and skills to offer this world. PulseWire is a perfect place for me to gather momentum and insight as I am surrounded by such amazing women (and some men too!) who are leading the movement of change.

I'm glad that you feel the same sense of community, inspiration and possibility here on PulseWire!

In friendship,
Jade

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

great piece!

Hey Jade,
i had the opportunity to read this because you commented on my post. i really love this touching story. keep the good work up!]
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Powerful Women Empower Others

Hi Jade,

I see that I'm a little late to this party on your journal. But I'm new to Pulse Wire, so I just read it, and I want you to know how much I liked it. You're humility, kindness and courage really came through.

Something occurred to me as I read it, that I thought might be worth noting: A world without hardship, inequality or pain is a utopian ideal we want for everyone. So, if we have not had to overcome as many hardships as others, this isn't cause to feel ashamed, but to celebrate. We represent the lives of possibility that many of our mothers and grandmothers fought for. We are the light at the end of the tunnel for those still struggling.

With power comes responsibility. By using our advantages and talents to inspire and support others, we are taking that responsibility. We all face challenges in our lives, big and small, and we all have the opportunity to lift each other up and inspire each other. The life of a young woman full of possibility is a beacon to other women. That is what you are.

Problems and challenges are part of everyone's life, even those whose lives are easier than others. Before all is said and done, your life will probably have more challenges than you ever wanted. But what if you had the power to PICK your problems? That is empowering indeed. By joining the PulseWire community, you have done just that: you have deliberately chosen a path to some of challenges you wish to face. Your experience has just as much to teach as anyone else's. Surely, you're already seeing this. No doubt you'll see it even more clearly as time goes on.

Thanks for showing up!
Cara

Rita Banerji's picture

thank you!

Dear Jade,

You were one of the first voices to welcome me into the World Pulse Community -- and even though this is technology and we are on opposite sides of the world -- but you felt very real, very earnest, and right there! Thank you for that -- it makes all the difference!

lots of hugs

Rita

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

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