I have been on World Pulse since 2009. I was told about World Pulse by a Canadian journalist friend of mine who saw my passion for women’s issues and thought world pulse was the best place to interact with like-minded people.
One amazing quality of world pulse is the support of its members for each other. I am inspired by the willingness of the women to support initiatives that could bring actual change in the real world. I am also moved by the stories, hard work and tenacity of all the other women on this forum whose stories are helping to change the world. Moreover, world Pulse provide a forum where everyone is equal. This shows that the forum is the change that it seeks. In other words, change begins at World Pulse. At World Pulse, no one suppresses the other, people are free to bring up their respective views without fear of intimidation. This is important as the social media is inundated with high levels of intimidations and harassments; especially against women and girls. World Pulse provides a place of peace and sanity. It is said confiding in others allays pain. World Pulse provides a place where one could confide in others and experience that feeling of peace and freedom, even if one does so under a pseudonym. World Pulse is a place that does not only develop the leadership skills of women but also help people find skills they never thought exist. For these reasons, I will continue my digital journey at World Pulse as I believe the opportunities are immense and I hope to play a more active role on this forum in the near future. I will also encourage other people who share our common values at world Pulse to join in.
As a member at World Pulse, I intend to champion the concerns and issues affecting women and girls in Sierra Leone and immigrants women in the UK where I currently live. I also wish to share the various initiatives being used to address the problems these women face. World Pulse provides the ground for personal development through experience sharing. I intend to gain knowledge from the experience of other amazing women on World Pulse.
I believe leadership comes from the grassroots. And leaders must champion initiatives and ideas from their people. The way to lead must take a bottom-top approach. However, what occurs in many parts of the world is the reverse. The only way we can change this is by building firm grassroots movements that could influence change in society. I also believe involving more women in leadership stand a great chance to influence change. Most of the issues we face as a people centres around women and children. I believe giving women the opportunity to lead we are addressing not only the many issues women and girls face but that of children too.
As a group I think we can mobilise efforts to boost the power of grassroots. The 2011 Arab spring showed the world how powerful grassroots movements can be in enhancing change. It also showed us the power and influence our virtual space can have on the actual.
Apparently, recent events around us such the #BringBackOurGirls and #MydressMyChoice protests have also shown how crucial the digital world is in bringing about real change. Yet, issues affecting women are still common and change is coming but seems slow. How do we use our online space to hasten change? To halt the unprecedented deaths of women and girls, child marriage, forced FGM/C, maternal and infant deaths et al.
Finally, I am confident this group is set to provide innovative ideas that will address the issues women and girls face daily and I am willing to be play my part in bring about that change we seek.