About Me: I was induced to join this site by reading Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a book by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It illustrates the horrific and common practices of honor killings, rape, sex trafficking and forced prostitution throughout the globe. I highly recommend it.

I'm very young, and I guess I just want to stop merely reading about things and start actively "being the change I wish to see in the world," to paraphrase a great man. My dream is to become a community organizer. I live in a rural town in Southern America, and opportunities to do meaningful things are sometimes hard to come by. But that's no excuse! I can't stand by any longer and just feel satisfied that I WANT things to be different. A man, or woman, is defined by her actions!

My Passions: people, dirt, and art

My Vision for the Future: a life of dignity for everyone.

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What a joy it is to see someone so inspired and enthusiastic. You must be feeling a little overwhelmed by what you read and wondering what you can do from your corner of the world. Firstly, I'd love to introduce you to our book club as the book they are reading right now is "Half the Sky". I am sure you will enjoy chatting to women around the world about what you read and share ideas on what you can do. You can find the group here as well as this link to the ongoing conversation with voices from Nepal and Kashmir weighing in.

To get started on PulseWire, you can share your ideas and dreams by writing in your journal, reading other member's journals and offering comments, and joining other groups to participate in the discussions. Our group directory (http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups) is where you can find all our groups or, you may consider starting your own group where you can build a powerful network bringing together PulseWire members with similar visions who want to share ideas or actions.

If you have a particular interest, don't hesitate to let me know, and I or Jade (our wonderful Online Community Manager) will try to steer you in the right direction. We have members from all fields of development so I am sure we can connect you with someone who shares your dreams and interests. And if you just want to make friends, you will find plenty of young women and girls eager to share their experiences and daily life with you. So, take a moment to get to know us and we look forward to reading more from you. Again, welcome. Janice World Pulse

Hello!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

It's wonderful to have anyone so eager and committed join us. You will find many more people just like yourself right here. Enjoy exploring the site and getting involved in groups and activities that fulfill your passions and interests. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards, Maria

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!

Fatima