Photo by Kristian Bertel - An Indian woman speaking on the phone.
  • Photo by Kristian Bertel - An Indian woman speaking on the phone.

Today, women from 185 countries use World Pulse to speak out and connect, using Internet cafés and cell phones from rural villages to urban cities.

Their stories are being picked up by the BBC, PBS, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the UN, the Huffington Post, and more. By networking on our site, women are finding jobs, starting new programs and businesses, launching women-only cyber cafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.

  Women's rights Women's rights are entitlements and freedoms claimed for women and girls of all ages in many societies. In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favour of men and boys.

Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental and religious rights.

About Kristian Bertel is a contributor to the PulseWire.

1Encouragement

Happy new year, Kristian! Your article is very interesting.

My name is Beatrice, one of the three speaking tour award winners of World Pulse in 2011. I hereby introduce you to the new project I am working on here in Uganda; Rural Girl Child Mentor-ship Uganda. Pairing Uganda girls with mentors from across the globe. Please take time to read more about this project and also read and hear personal stories from each girl; http://www.worldpulse.com/node/48236 I hope this can create a network of empowered women leaders from all around the world.

If you know any body who can join me in this mission, please share with them.

Hoping to hear from you.

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.