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Welcome to VOF Week 4: The Divine Feminine

Click here to access Week Four Assignment and Learning Material

Dear Beloved Applicants,

A year ago Voices of Our Future was just an idea. Jensine had a vision of a network of global Correspondents. Women who would learn to speak to the world in order to advance their dreams for social change and transformation in their lives and in their communities.

"World Pulse gives me a new life because I can freely raise my voice. Yesterday my neighbors didn't want to hear anything from me but today the world is waiting for my voice. It is not just a dream, but it is also a power of revolution for me.

-Sunita, Nepal, young microfinance leader

As we started development of this program, we knew right away that we wanted something that was different than any program we had ever experienced. In a twist to traditional competitions, we encouraged you to support each other via feedback and problem-solving during the application process.

“Even if I am not chosen as one of the 30 correspondents, just participating in this process is a privilege and once in a life time chance that will impact me and my immediate community for a long time.”

–Ntowett, Kenya

We dared to remove the wo-man behind the curtain by making the evaluation process as transparent as possible. We strove to break down traditional roles of Applicants and Evaluators by weaving Web 2.0 into the evaluation process as well. Listeners were asked to introduce themselves to you and give transparent feedback about assignments, with a focus on voice, vision, and solutions.

The goal of the application has been to not only to select our Correspondents, but to also place us – women of varying backgrounds and education – on more equal footing. We've introduced the political landscape of media and women's empowerment, Web 2.0 concepts, opportunities provided by new media, the basics of blogging, tools for maintaining online security.

Together we are gaining self-awareness, confidence, and empowered leadership; improving our Internet Communication, writing, decision-making, and networking skills; nurturing collaborative relationships with each other, and our allies, across the globe; and increased visibility and resources for issues and challenges we face.

“I am motivated by the many girls and women who have wanted to speak out but have no space for this. I am in a position to amplify their voices and give them feedback. I will therefore be failing in my duty as an ambassador of women’s rights if I didn’t not grab the opportunity to be part of the ‘voices of future’. This is a step in fulfilling my personal vision of a community where women and girls are visible actors and agents of change.”

–Sophie, Young Women's Leadership Institute, Kenya

Week four is about the power of the Divine Feminine and expressing your unique vision for change. Don't hold back. We're listening.

Your Program Developers,
Elsie, Scott, and Jennifer

PS Click here to access Week Four Assignment and Learning Material

Comments

ShukThi's picture

Need help with my profile

Hi Jennifer,

I could not figure out where the appropriate forum was to ask this question. But can you or someone else from your team please connect with me? I would like to change some details of my profile to increase my anonymity, particularly my profile name. I don't seem to have permission to do so. Will this interfere with the aplication process?

Please let me know.

Soumya

Lisa's picture

updating your profile

Hi Soumya,

To change your profile information, first go to My Voice and click on the Edit Account tab. You will then be able to update details under the tabs Edit Account / Upload Photo, Edit Profile, and Edit Notifications. After editing your profile click Submit at the bottom of the page. If you are still unable to change your profile please feel free to contact me. If you decide to change your name during the application process, please let me know and we will make sure to not lose you!

Best wishes,

Lisa

katea's picture

Word count

Hi Lisa and Jennifer,
I just want to make sure that for the VOF WEEK 4 assignment, the words should be 700 or less, not the usual 500 or less because if it's the latter, I would have to slice my entry to be sure I'm following the directions right.

Thank you,
Katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Sneaky, aren't we?

Yes! The assignment is 700 words or less. We wanted to provide extra words for this last assignment. :-)

Love,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

shiku steve's picture

special request for an extension

Hei Jennifer and Lisa
I have tried to post my assignment in time,but Iam out of net-Iam away in CapeTown for our 56km run,I kindly request for an extension.I did my run well but then unfortunately got down with fever.
please consider that and let me know if I can post latest Saturday

with
Love Shiku

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Did you get my email?

I responded via email this morning. I saw that you posted Week 3 and it will be evaluated. Hope you are feeling better!

I ran a little under 15K this weekend. I'm starting be more and more regular with my training runs. Woo woo!

Love,
me

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

shiku steve's picture

I meant week 4

Hei lovely
I have checked my mails but will notify you soonest I get it.I posted my week 3 but Iam yet to post my week 4 which I was requesting an extension for.I have it written somewhere but I got a challege having it typed and posted as Iam using my phone to check and reply mails.

with
Love Shiku

shiku steve's picture

Got it!

just read your email.Great and thanks.Scott replied to my post -seed of inspiration-and gave me a great push of heart! I owe it to you babie!

with
Love Shiku

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Sneaky, aren't we?

Dear Jennifer,
in your comment you said "this last assignment"
What did you mean?

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

shiku steve's picture

I made it

Hei Jan
I do trust you are doing fine despite the tight schedule of winners selection.I did manage to post my write-up and I do hope for the best.Thank you for everything.
keep running!

with
Love Shiku

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