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As we had shared with you earlier, the World Pulse community and training team engaged last year in research to assess how we can best continue to support the training needs of all the members of our online community. This included both quantitative surveys that we sent to over 20,000 members as well as qualitative research (strategic focus group discussions and individual discussions). From these key learnings, this winter we've been gearing up to reach more women in 2015 than ever before with our Digital Empowerment training!
One of the key requests we heard from our community is desire for self-guided training modules. In response to that, we've kicked off a new training program for our Online Community Leaders, starting with creating core training modules (such as Self Care and Online Safety and Security training). Our online community leadership program consists of individuals who drive and shape our community. This quarter we developed training for our Welcomers, Listeners, and Online Community Champions. We're also gearing up for training our Translators next quarter. The feedback so far has been incredibly positive! 
In addition, we are collaborating with our partners at Intel to create an integrated digital empowerment curriculum that we'll be piloting in Kenya and Nigeria. And finally, we are starting to gear up for our World Pulse digital empowerment "Train-the-Trainer" program, so that women have the enhanced tools and the support they need for training women in their own local communities. 
 
Looking further in 2015, we will be launching the next evolution of the Voices of Our Future program. We will be keeping the core of what has worked from the past, while incorporating what we've learned from listening to what our community is demanding right now: spaces for mobilizing and movement building with the support of digital tools. 
We thank you for reading this report and for your dedicated support to our work and the thousands of grassroots women leaders in the World Pulse community. 
It has been quite an exciting time for the World Pulse community since our last update. The fall was very busy, filled with many opportunities for the grassroots women leaders in our community - from the World Pulse LIVE speaking and media tour which brought key voices to US audiences, to a great new digital empowerment toolkit that our team created, to community leaders winning award after award. Read on! 

WORLD PULSE LIVE ELEVATES VOICES OF GLOBAL LEADERS 

We are thrilled to report that since our last report when we shared more about the speakers, we completed our fourth annual World Pulse LIVE speaking tour across the U.S. The tour brought World Pulse world-changing activists from Tibet, the USA, and Nigeria to speak on the power of digital communication to affect change. Their messages reached over 800 leaders at events like the Clinton Global Initiative, City Club of Portland, technology firms such as Twitter and Intel, and thousands more via livestream from the Social Good Summit moderated by Google.

DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE

The World Pulse’s brand-new Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit is out! This dynamic resource is causing a lot of buzz and excitement within our network: with it, anyone can teach others how to use World Pulse to connect across borders and create social change. We have developed this based on what our community have asked for. With modules on storytelling, exchanging resources, and sharing solutions, the toolkit provides the basic knowledge women need to use our technology platform to accelerate the changes they seek. 

WOMEN OF WORLD PULSE WINNING MAJOR AWARDS

Over the last few months World Pulse community members have garnered a flurry of honors and awards, and these accolades have extended across our entire network! We congratulate Malaya Pinas of the Phillipines winning the Women Have Wings Award as well as a Global Voices micro grant; Beatrice Achieng winning the OpenIDEO challenge to make urban areas safer for women and girls; Stella Paul winning the Asian Environmental Journalism Award; and Neema Namadamu for winning Africa's most Influential Women in Civil Society Award.  

Looking to 2015, we are launching the next evolution of our trainiing program!  We will be keeping the core of what has worked from the past, while incorporating what we've learned from listening to what our community is demanding right now: spaces for mobilizing and movement building with the support of digital tools. We are excited to be making changes that will allow us to be able to offer our training multiple times a year to a small, intimate cohort of women.  

Thank you for your dedicated support of our work and community!

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WPL
WPL

This fall, three amazing women from the World Pulse community will travel to New York, Portland, and San Francisco to speak out on global stages and at influential forums. Their stories from Tibet, Nigeria, and the U.S. will touch hearts and minds as they demonstrate the power of digital technology in changing lives and creating solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

View the World Pulse LIVE Tour Schedule. 

MEET YNANNA

Born and raised in the Bronx, Ynanna is an Afro-Dominicana midwife and writer. She raises awareness about maternal and infant health for women in the United States, the country with the worst maternal death rate among industrialized nations. She is dedicated to radically changing the conditions under which women of color are giving birth in the US healthcare system.

IN HER OWN WORDS:Her Life Vision

“My personal vision for my life is to evolve and put the past to rest while carrying its lessons into a new world that is forthcoming. To speak out about the ills in the world but with a voice of hope: that shedding light will bring a healing to our families and world that has not been seen in centuries.”

—From Ynanna's post "Being a Voice for The Past, Present, and Unfolding Future." Read more about her life and vision »

Her Work

"My greatest teachers are the women who allow me to assist them in birthing their children. They hold all the lessons and knowledge in their bodies. To be a witness has profoundly changed my life and I will never be the same again. Bless these hands. May they be golden and strong enough to support this miraculous occurrence."

—From Ynanna's post "These Humble Hands - Catching A Baby For The First Time." Read more about her work »

Her Digital Empowerment Journey

“Reaching the world in a click of a button is incredibly mind-blowing...As a midwife, writer and social justice advocate, I expand my network online and share my writings and thoughts about the current state of women of color in the United States. My experience has made me understand the power of technology in resisting oppression, educating the collective and creating solutions.”

—From Ynanna's post "Technology As A Tool For Liberation." Read more about her digital empowerment journey »

 

MEET OLANIKE

Olanike hails from the beautiful and resource-abundant country of Nigeria. Yet, she has witnessed the environmental exploitation of her beloved homeland and mobilizes grassroots women to take charge as they have been most impacted. She believes that the only way to ensure the environmental security of Nigeria is to make sure that women have skills in environmental management and protection and an equal voice in decision-making.

IN HER OWN WORDS:Her Life Vision

"I believe that prejudice over land rights is a key factor contributing to gender disparity, with devastating results...for women, their households and communities. The degree of gender bias in land rights and its implication for food security and sovereignty in Nigeria and globally, therefore, calls for a balanced representation of women and men in decision making over land. Women’s productivity capacity must be enhanced!"

-From Olanike's post "Women, Land Rights and Food Security in Nigeria." Read more about her life and vision »

Her Work

"[As the founder of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE)] I have directly and indirectly reached, engaged and involved thousands of women in issues of natural resource management/environmental sustainability through...activities that address water, sanitation and hygiene, alternative livelihoods, domestic energy, and sustainable agriculture among others. Today, grassroots women in my community are taking charge of, enjoying and benefiting from this new found social power."

-From Olanike's post "A Voyage to Women's Empowerment on Board Green Stewardship." Read more about her work »

Her Digital Empowerment Journey

"It has become a priority for me to keep providing opportunities for as many [women] as possible, to join the digital talk and walk... Digital skills training and internet cafe services will form an integral part of the activities of the Eco Women Resource, Life skills and Learning Center which I plan to establish in my community."

-From Olanike's post "Digital Talk and Walk—Grassroots Women's Voices, A Priority." Read more about her digital empowerment journey »

 

MEET JAMPA

 

Born in a small village in the Tibetan plateau, Jampa is a poet and rising community leader. The only person from her village to attend a university, she has improved the lives of hundreds through small solar and literacy development projects. Jampa is committed to giving voice to the invisible women of Tibet and empowering young girls to pursue their dreams.

IN HER OWN WORDS

Her Life Vision

"I see myself as a trailblazer of positive changes in my community. I want to be an effective change maker and exemplary social worker...I want to establish an organization that provides a vibrant and diverse residential learning community where girls are encouraged to take part and fulfill their potentials."

-From Jampa's post "I enumerate my visions." Read more about her life and vision »

Her Work

"I empower girls and prove that education makes a difference by doing small-scale development projects. So far, I have implemented a Solar Panel Project (30 solar panels to 30 households); a Flash Lighter Project which benefited 54 families; a Second-hand Clothes Project which benefited 160 people and a Book Project that benefited 342 students and 18 teachers...The purpose of these projects is to have parents send more girls to school because they could see girls also can do so much."

-From Jampa's post "Take a glance at my life." Read more about her work »

Her Digital Empowerment Journey

“In most Asian Countries, women are considered inferior to men and they are socially undermined in many ways...They have always been the kind of women that hide their faces, they have been so afraid to tell the world what they have to say...Web 2.0 reminds us that it is time to let it show, it is time to let the world know what we have been bearing so long."

-From Jampa's post "Another door opens to us." Read more about her digital empowerment journey »

 

Thank you for your continuous support and hope that you will follow along and join us during the tour to hear first hand the inspiring stories of these women leaders as they harness the power of digital technology to accelerate their impact and the one of their communities. 

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World Pulse Community Advisory Board
World Pulse Community Advisory Board

The World Pulse community and training team is currently hard at work getting ready for a new start of World Pulse's signature training program in digital empowerment, Voices of Our Future, in January 2015. Starting this October, we will be inviting women from all over the world to apply to the program.

In the past six months our training team has been engaged in research to assess how we can best continue to support the training needs of all the members of our online community. This has included both quantitative surveys that we sent to over 20,000 members as well as qualitative research (strategic focus group discussions and individual discussions). 

Our signature training program continues to have an incredible impact on the women who participate beyond the finite dates of the training itself. Our team at World Pulse is dedicated to continuing to support these grassroots women change leaders after they graduate from the program and to foster their leadership. The research we are conducting will inform ways we can continue to nurture the online and offline activism of these incredible women.

We also launched a World Pulse Community Advisory Board in May of 2014. The advisory board is composed of six World Pulse community ambassadors, all gradutates from our Voices of Our Future signature program. The World Pulse Community Advisory Board is an advisory body that acts as representatives of the World Pulse online community to give input and recommendations to World Pulse's staff and board.

We look forward to updating you on the findings of our research and what the next stage of implementations will be to achieve stronger impact. We are deeply grateful for your partnership and support. 

2013 Voices of Our Future Correspondents
2013 Voices of Our Future Correspondents

Thanks to your support, 31 audacious grassroots women have made the journey of a lifetime to become empowered leaders and loudspeakers for their communities through World Pulse's fourth annual digital empowerment training program, Voices of Our Future. They have raised their voices on critical issues from the most forgotten regions of the world in order to increase awareness and bring their visions for change to life. From Iraq to Mexico, India to Nigeria, Ukraine to Tibet, we have witnessed their tremendous courage to overcome barriers and speak unheard truths.  

I had ideas and a strong vision but no one was listening to me. No one was giving me a chance and here was a platform for me to put my qualitative voice into play and just be me.2013 Correspondent, Pelagia Muntuzi, Zimbabwe

 

We want to extend a special congratulations to three of the Correspondents, Greengirl, LatiNegra and Jampa who were selected to represent the 2013 Voices of Our Future class and our larger online community at the World Pulse Live media and speaking tour this fall. These three women will be traveling with the World Pulse team to cities in the US to share their experiences with you. Make sure to keep an eye for our report this summer for further details on the tour! We might be coming to a city near you!

 

We invite you to explore the assignments from the 2013 Program by clicking on the links below. Feel free to read or watch the incredible stories that the Correspondents have reported on.

Profiles of Women Activists: Read the exceptional profiles of women activists working to bring change to their communities around the world.

Frontline Journals: Experience these first-person accounts from our Correspondents about living on the front lines of breaking news stories.

Op-Eds: Dive in to these provocative Op-Eds summarizing the bold opinions of our Correspondents on the issues that matter most in their lives.

Multimedia Stories: Watch these videos and photo slideshows produced by our Correspondents and respond to their calls for action.

We thank you for your incredible and continuous support of our training program!

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World Pulse

Portland, OR, United States
http://www.worldpulse.com

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Patrick Edwards

Development Associate
Portland, Oregon United States

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