Three amazing women who are correspondents for World Pulse are using the power of new media to change the lives of women around the world! They will be speaking live to the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and we can listen to their conversation via a Global Webchat.
World Pulse began as a magazine created by Jensine Larsen, a young journalist who began her work in the Amazon. Today she is helping women discover the power of their voices to literally change their own life and the lives of their sisters through new media and technology. In Half the Sky Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDnn list signing up for email updates from World Pulse as one of the steps you can take in the next ten minutes to change the world.
Last Friday, September 28, I had the pleasure of seeing Jensine and these three women speak to the City Club of Portland. Just returned from addressing the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative, they were headed to the U.S. State Department next.
Neema Namadamu from the Democratic Republic of Congo shared her incredible story of being afflicted with polio at the age of two and how her mother carried her on her back to school each day so she could get an education. Today she uses her expertise in technology to reach and empower women throughout the Congo, known as the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman. Her accomplishments include creating a cyber cafe for women.
Hummingbird, a member of the Kurdish minority in Syria, shared her vision of using social media to unleash the apirations of women in her war-torn country where children and women die daily in the streets at the hands of government forces. She spoke of the 1-2 million people who have been displaced during this violence, of the more than 250,000 individuals who have fled their country, and of the more than 30,000 who have been killed. Her goals include breaking the silence about what’s happening in Syria and urging the world to provide humanitarian relief. She sees social media as a means for reconcilation in her ravaged country.
Stella Paul , now an award-winning young journalist, grew up in impoverished Northeast India and barely survived diphtheria as an unwanted girl child (1600 girl fetuses are killed each day in utero). Today she speaks for the marginalized women of her country and the world as she helps them find their voices and tell their own stories. She believes that training women is the key to ending their inequality. Women are the change makers.
Go to www.worldpulse.com to learn more about the Global Webchat on Wednesday.