World Pulse believes that grassroots women leaders hold the key to solutions for transforming their communities. Yet, grassroots women’s voices are continually excluded at the negotiating and drafting table where policies are made. We have witnessed our community of grassroots leaders vocalize their readiness to bring forward solutions, and represent their communities in both international media coverage and at the highest levels of decision-making. Thus, World Pulse developed a methodology to rally our community’s voices around the issues that they say matter most. Our digital action campaigns elicit powerful content from women on the ground, strengthen her confidence and empowered leadership, and ensure that influencers and powerful institutions hear women’s perspectives. Visit our 2012 initiative, Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign to learn how World Pulse delivered grassroots women's testimonies, solutions, and visions on ending gender-based violence to influential forums. As a result of this campaign, there was a total of 153 voices collected from the front lines of the global struggle against gender-based violence. In March, World Pulse's correspondent Chi Yvonne Leina and board member Zulma Miranda took their seats at the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women to deliver World Pulse voices to top leaders and influencers. We also had a regional focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo was recently dubbed 'a never-ending nightmare' by the New York Times, but over 200 Congolese grassroots women leaders—self-identified as the Maman Shujaa, or 'Hero Women'—have emerged from the shadows to organize a movement denouncing violence and demanding peace. Together they have gathered over 100,000 signatures demanding that their voices be heard. Requesting that US woman leaders Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and Michelle Obama to take immediate action in solidarity with the women of the Congo. They asked for the immediate appointment of a special presidential envoy to work with the African Union and United Nations to forge a peace process that addresses both the immediate crisis and the underlying longer-term economic and political interests of the parties involved. On January 29th, 2013 we helped deliver their voices to the White House. The Maman Shujaa have utilized our platform to request a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, and the world is taking notice. At the 20th African Union Summit, Hero Women Neema Namadamu and Jeanette Ruhebuza took their seats at the summit table. We invite you to experience their journey, grasp their vision, and meet the new faces of Congo. World Pulse partner Alliance for the Earth traveled to DRC to connect directly with the Maman Shujaa. In this video you can witness first hand the women's rising leadership and their compelling visions for change. This year you have the opportunity to participate in our Girls Transform the World: Access to Education Digital Action Campaign. Read submissions from other community members, and learn how your voice will be transformed for impact.
Why Is Girls' Education So Important?
- Worldwide, girls make up the majority of children not in school UNESCO
- In developing countries, only 43 percent of secondary-school-age girls are in class UNICEF
- There are still 17 countries where girls enrollment is less than 90% the enrollment of boys UNESCO, 2012
- In every country young women often lose confidence in their abilities. Girls in the US scored 20% lower on a test when asked to indicate their gender Gender Identification, Schmader
- Social and cultural barriers still exist, steering women away from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The mass culture, including television, continues to message middle school and high school girls that it's better to be pretty than smart. Molly Weinburgh
With quality education and mentorship, girls transform...
- Wages rise 20% for every year beyond the 4th grade that girls attend school Basic Education Coalition
- When 10% more of its girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3% Council on Foreign Relations
- There would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills UNESCO
- In sub-Saharan Africa investing in girls’ education has the potential to boost agricultural output by 25% International Food Policy Research Institute
- In Latin America, education explains 42% of the increase in female labor force participation since 1975 World Bank
- When a girl goes to school, she will re-invest 90% of her income into her family Nike Foundation, The Girl Effect
- When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. UN Population Fund, 1990
- Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to be married as children than those with little or no schooling Population Reference Bureau
- In Mozambique, some 60 percent of girls with no education are married by 18, compared to 10 percent of girls with secondary schooling and less than one percent of girls with higher education ICRW
- Every extra year of schooling reduces infant mortality by up to 10 percent Population Reference Bureau
- Women with an education are five times more likely to have basic information about HIV/AIDS UNFPA
- Each additional year of schooling for a population reduces the chance of a country falling into civil war by 3.6 USAID
- The UN Millenium Development Goals targets 2015 for children everywhere, boys and girls alike, to be able to complete a full course of primary schooling UN Dept of Public Information
- Despite great strides in many countries, in 2010 there were still 61 million children of primary school age and 71 million young adolescents out of school UN Millenium Development Goals
- In more than 100 countries, school is not free and many parents cannot afford the tuition or the cost of uniforms Day of the Girl
- Millions of girls worldwide need us to raise our collective voice to demand they have the opportunity to fulfill their potential
Delivering Your Voices to Influencers Worldwide
World Pulse invites you to join us in speaking out for the rights of girls as we showcase the voices and solutions of grassroots women around the world. We believe that when girls and their champions are heard, they will transform the world. Over the next six months there will be several opportunities to be engaged with young women and their supporters in bringing voice to this topic.
Your voice will be heard – You will connect – Your voice will be elevated
- Make Like-Minded Connections: Share your story and connect with others in similar situations.
- Learn and Be Inspired: Read others’ stories, learn about other experiences, and gain inspiration.
- Explore Solutions: Find out how others climbed over, dug under, or broke through their barriers, and hear their visions for the future.
- Transform: Watch your story find its way to places you never thought imaginable. Watch it make impact.