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The World Pulse Voice—Writing Guidelines

World Pulse is founded on the belief that there is a world of untapped knowledge, innovation, and vision held by the women of the earth. We publish stories that are personal and inspire readers by highlighting solutions to difficult problems. We favor pieces that emphasize creativity, courage, innovation, transformation, and collaboration. Also, we seek stories that help draw a connection between personal and local experience, to international patterns and emerging global movements.

Frontline Journal Elements

We look for stories that are written in our Frontline Journal style. A Frontline Journal is a first-person account about living on the front lines of breaking news stories. In the piece, we ask that you share your personal story while providing background information and the perspectives of others who are connected to the issue. This way the audience is keenly aware of your thoughts and feelings regarding the topic and will regard you as an expert on the issue.

The goal of this campaign is to raise the volume on women’s voices around the world, highlight their solutions for ending gender-based violence, and demand international support and attention for your rising leadership. Your Frontline Journal will provide insight into the current political, economic, or social climate of your community. By telling your personal narrative, you are showing readers how these issues affect women on the ground every day. Most importantly, the piece will give you space to share your personal vision and solutions for a brighter future. Many women find the act of writing their stories to be empowering, transformative, and reparative.

As you write your story, we ask that you share your personal experience with violence against women and your vision for ending violence in your region. Your personal experience could be an incident that has happened to you, an incident that has happened to a family member or friend, or a statement about what it is like to live in a country or community where violence is prevalent.

Your story should be between 1200 and 1500 words. This general three-part structure can help guide you; however, you are free to structure the piece however you see fit.

1
Personal narrative

This section of the article is your chance to tell the world your personal story. It should be filled with details and descriptive language. Details help the audience connect with you early in the story.

Questions to consider: How has gender-based violence affected your life, your family, or your community? What is your on-the-ground reality? If you feel safe or comfortable doing so, include details about a specific incident that illustrates your personal or observed experience.

2
Background information and context

This section is your chance to give historical background information about your story. You can include quotations, statistics, and other kinds of evidence to help your audience understand your story in the larger picture of the world.

Questions to consider: What is the history of gender-based violence in your region? What are the underlying or root causes of this violence? What are the main barriers to peace and conflict resolution in your community? How does gender-based violence affect individuals, families, communities, or prevent economic and social progress?

3
Strong conclusion and vision forward

You want to end your Frontline Journal with a strong statement. In the final section of your story, briefly sum up your main points and offer your vision for the future. Include your ideas and solutions for change and what’s needed to make this change a reality. Or highlight innovative grassroots solutions that are already making inroads to combating violence locally.

Questions to consider: What is your bold vision for the future? What solutions do you see for bringing an end to violence against women in your community? What innovative grassroots solutions are already making a local impact? How can women harness technology and digital media to drive change?

EXAMPLE

You may draw inspiration from World Pulse Correspondent, Martha Elena Llano Serna's Frontline Journal, COLOMBIA: Speaking to Survive.

Ending Violence Against Women Campaign

With an online, global community of grassroots women leaders, World Pulse has developed a methodology to rally women’s voices around the issues that you say matter most. Our digital action campaigns elicit powerful content from women on the ground and ensure that influencers and powerful institutions hear your stories.

Our Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action campaign will spotlight your voice and perspective as a change-leader holding the key to solutions for transforming your community and bringing an end to violence. World Pulse will channel your story, along with other women’s stories, to major media outlets, advocacy groups, policy-makers, and international forums to ensure your stories are read by those who can make a difference.

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