By joining the World Pulse community of inspired women and getting involved in being advocates for women and young girls in every country in the world, you can learn more about these issues, connect with other women who are leaders in their local communities, share your experience, and make a meaningful contribution to make a change.

I’m honored to join the global women movement to unite and collaborate, support and empower women and girls worldwide through technology and innovation.

The United States’ State Department recognizes 195 independent countries in the world. I believe that we can access the untapped resource of millions of talented and hard working women and girls to transform their local communities and add to the world’s economic growth. Technology is important for women and girls no less than food, water, clothing, education, and shelter. The Internet access is critical for women to earn more money and search and apply for jobs. That’s where technology can play a pivotal role. Information Technology (IT) has become a growing force in transforming social, economic, and political life globally. It’s imperative that women and young girls have access to and use of these technologies in developing countries. It enables to connect, to engage, and to create opportunities for all women and young girls. I believe that it will lead women and girls out of poverty. It will empower women to make a change in their local communities and countries.


1.Globally, 66 million girls don’t go to school. Two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women (UNESCO, 2011).

2.For instance, women carry out of 60-90% of agricultural production activities in the developing world. Women often cater for community, water, sanitation needs and family healthcare.

3.Nearly 1 billion women and children are living in poverty. The economic and food crisis may have caused up to 91 million more people to feel starvation. According to some estimates, women represent 70 percent of the world’s poor.

4.The International Labour Organization estimates that she economic downturn could lead to 22 million more unemployed women.

5.3 billion people have no electricity. 70% of whom are women and girls in development countries. Uganda has one of the lowest levels of electricity in Africa.

  1. Millions of girls and women remain un-served by the formal education system in the developing countries. Africa remains the greatest concern because African women have the lowest participation rates in the world in science and technology education at all level.

7.Rural areas women comprise of 60% of the population often lack the resources and infrastructure for technology.

8.Cost of Internet is one of the major barriers (USAID Agency for International Development, 2001). In many developing countries, less than 1% of the population male and female has Internet access. Most women use Internet at work.

9.600 million women in developing nations, or 21%, are online now.

  1. Additional 450 million women are expected to gain Internet access by 2016.

  2. According to Intel, In India, only 1 precent of households have a broadband connections, and less than 10 percent of mobile subscribers have Internet access. Cyberscafe are “not safe.” Girls fear to go out to the Internet cafe.

  3. Private Internet are currently available only to elites in developing countries. Computers are still not affordable to majority of women and girls in developing countries. In Ethiopia, 20 hours of Internet access per month for a year amounts to 8.4 times the GDP per capita. In Vietnam, yearly dialup access to the Internet cost $360, while the annual per capita income is less than $350.

  4. Google India aims to bring 50 million women online. India has 200 million Internet users. India is on its way to become the second largest Internet market overtaking US. Only 60 million of the online users are women.

Women and girls with Disabilities Lack Internet Access!

We must pay attention to increasing discrimination and abuse has grown toward women and girls with disabilities. According to the World Health Organization, 10% of women worldwide are living with a disability. It’s approximately 300 million women. Many girls and women with disabilities are are illiterate. UNDP estimates that literacy rate for women and girls with disabilities globally may be lower that 1% (UNESCO, Science, Technology and Gender, 2007).


  1. Motorola has launched an initiative to provide solar recharging stations. Launched in 2009, Motorola project has brought 55 solar-powered kiosks to Uganda that offer free mobile phone charging to local consumers. Each kiosk charged by a 55-watt inverted solar panel and can charge up to 20 phones at a time. For local people without their own phones, the kiosks effectively functions as a local “phone booth” for making occasional calls. (Springwise, a London-based independent innovation firm, scans the globe for the most promising new business idea. Please visit

  2. Wikipedia Zero is a project provided by Wikimedia Foundation to provide Wikipedia free of charge on mobile phones in developing countries.

  3. Google Free Zone and Facebook Zero will give people free access to text-only version of things like Facebook news feed, Gmail, and first page of search results under things like Facebook Zero and Google Free Zone.

Empower Women, Empower Communities and Countries Across The Globe!

Women are the world’s fastest growing economic force. We live in unprecedented time to take advantage of rapid economic growth and to ensure women’s participation.

1.ExxonMobil Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative had invested more than $35 million since 2005, reaching women in 77 development countries. Please visit the website at

2.Coca-Cola launched a program called 5by20 in the fall of 2010 to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs across the globe by 2020. These programs include access to business skills training, financial services, and support networks of peers and mentors. The economic empowerment of 300,000 women by the end of 2012. Please visit the website at

3.Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative will help provide more training, market access and career opportunities to nearly 1 million women. Please visit the website at

4.Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women project started in 2008 investing is a five-year, $100 million global initiative to help grow local economies and bring greater shared prosperity by providing 10,000 underserved women entrepreneurs with a business and management education, access to mentors and networks and links to capital. Please visit the website at

Female Entrepreneurship in Development Countries. Invest in Women. Access to the Internet is crucial for women entrepreneurs.

In recent years, the rate of new businesses by women has significantly outpaced the rate of new business by man across all the ethnic groups in the USA. Similar trends are found across in the developing countries.

Women in Africa today represent 52% of population that is 805 million. According to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), it could be concluded that Africa has 6% of female workforce on higher positions. Women in agriculture work without specified hours, by doing household work, selling on the market, etc. Women did not gain respect in society which they deserve. Guillen’s work titled “Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries.” Guillen’s study covers eight parts of the world and 180 countries, from Argentina to Bangladesh to Tanzania and Turkey. In some countries, like Bolivia and Botswana, you have nearly half of all businesses created by women. By composition, that number in Turkey is only 8.9. In Ghana 55% of entrepreneurial activity is conducted by women (GEM, 2010).

Creating jobs and encouraging entrepreneurship will serve as a pathway out of poverty in developing countries. Women can drive economic growth and create more prosperous communities. Women can employ other women to created more jobs in their communities.

Every woman has the power to change her community, country, and the world. As one woman prospers, so does her community. According to Intel, it would add $50 to $70 billion in potential new market opportunities. Access to the Internet can empower women with information and freedom, give them a voice, hope, confidence, and opportunities to build their communities and countries.

Therefore the WWW: Women Weave the Web campaign will help every women across the world to connect with other women, be empowered, and make new friends across the world!

Thank you for reading my post. I welcome you all to share your stories, comments, and ideas. I hope that you all have access to Internet. Thank you for your great presence here!

Take action! This post was submitted in response to WWW: Women Weave the Web .


Svetlanakim: This is a well-researched, organized and powerfully written piece. You have a wonderful passion and voice. I hope that by sharing all these great initiatives, you bring support to their goals and more women will have the opportunity to participate in the global conversation and marketplace. I wish you all the best.


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JT Long:

Thank for you taking the time to read my post. I've lived in the former U.S.S.R. for 23 years. Many of Russian people would dream to have a telephone line at their homes. We have only 8 TV channels and watched cartoons only on Sundays.

Here is what I wrote after reading you kind note.

It was December of 1991 in Leningrad, Russia. It all started with a loaf of bread that didn't even exist. I stood waiting in a bread line at the local bakery for the third day in a row. It was just three short months before the collapse of the Soviet Union. I decided to take an opportunity to come to America with one dollar in my pocket. My father taught me to see and seize opportunities, even the small ones. And sometimes perhaps a small one will lead to a larger one.

In December of 1991, I arrived in New York City—as I've mentioned—with one dollar in my pocket and not a word of English in my vocabulary. I had every odd stacked against me. But I literally emerged from disaster to success. Far more than that, though, I was eager to find out who I was. Since then—as with all destinies and great adventures—I have gone places I ever imagined I would. For me, it has been a great journey, with struggles, challenges, sorrows, and joys.

That moment in New York, when I arrived in a foreign place with no one to rely on and nowhere to turn—that was the turning point of my life. I call that moment, and moments like that one, "seren-destiny." Sometimes "seren-destiny" comes to us disguised as yet another roadblock. When I arrived in New York City, a Good Samaritan bought me a bus ticket for California for $168. But when I mistakenly disembarked in San Francisco instead of Sacramento, I found myself penniless and alone. Determined to succeed, I started working as a cleaning lady. Later, I landed a job selling cosmetics. I didn’t call my parents for almost three months because I could not afford it. I remember that it was very expensive. It was $2.86 per minute to call Russia from San Francisco in 1992. Today it’s free because my parents and I use Skype. And it cost 4 cents per minute to call them in Russia. What a big difference!

I wish I had my iPad and/or mobile phone. My journey would be more pleasant. I remember that I had to stand in line at the University Library to borrow some books. I couldn’t afford to buy the textbooks. We had to wait for years to get a telephone line in the former U.S.S.R. Today I listen to music, read ebooks, watch movies, and borrow e-books for free from the San Francisco Public Library. Please visit the website at

I look very much forward to future collaborations and sharing best practices and ideas!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Thank you for your hopeful depiction of the Internet and the possibilities it can create for women around the world, and for taking the time to do research and share great, supporting stats for your article.

Courtney Calardo

discover the power within

Dear Courtney, thank you for your kind words. I look forward to sharing my circle of friends and learn from you in the area of digital communications!

Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

I think one of these could be a spark for someone! Thanks for sharing so much information. I hope someone will feel empowered to take advantage of one of the opportunities you mention.

Best wishes,


Dear Kelly,

That is my ultimate hope. It would great to hear their experiences.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your comments.

I really appreciate you.

With gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

You are a strong and powerful woman and your work not only inspires great things from others, it also gives them hope. Your story was well written and your statistics are immense. You are empowering so many just be your story.

I would like to say keep up the good work but I don't think its needed. I know that you will!!

What an awesome article!!

Sincerely, Tammy Hayes

Dear Tammy,

Thank you for your warm comments. I accept it with gratitude and humility. You're a strong and powerful woman yourself. I learned that what we see in others we have in our own soul.

My hope is that it will help some women here in the World Pulse community to thrive and reach their full potential.

I remember when Hillary Clinton said in her speech in Beijing, "21st century is women's century."

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!


Thank you very much!

We're a reflection of each other in this world!

I'm have been practicing meditation because I had so mach pain in my life and I was lost in this world.

I didn't know what my purpose was. I was introduced to the world of yoga and meditation.

I love the Buddhism's philosophy. The core of Buddha's teaching is compassion. The second one is love. It's loving oneself and loving others.

Well, you may notice that I'd love to talk to great women! You're one of them. And for that I'm deeply grateful.

Good night!


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Dear Svetlana,

In many ways it can become quite depressing to engage in development studies and the like: There's so much to do and so little that's effectively being done. Which isn't to say that things still very much need to be done and cán be done. Your journal is a powerful testimony to that.

It really is hopeful and refreshing to hear you talk about how strong a part technology can (and should) play in empowering women and about the programmes that have already been set up by various organisations and businesses all around the globe. I really liked how you emphasized how technology can make the difference on a small scale, but also how these small changes can spill over and affect the bigger picture (in a very positive way).

Thank you for sharing this!


Dear Ridingthecamel:

Thank you for your valuable comments.

  1. I agree with you that technology is vital to women's economic independence. It boosts their confidence level as well!

  2. I deeply believe that each one of us can make a positive change to contribute to the world.

Our conversations here, on World Pulse, is meaningful in many ways.

You now gave me an idea. I'm going to write how we can help each other right here sitting at our desk on a couch.

I appreciate your time, valuable comments, and participation!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Hi Svetlana

I enjoyed reading your post and agree with you that the internet can be a great tool for everyone, and open up a whole new world of opportunities and knowledge. Your research clearly shows that women are often not treated as equals in life in general, and when it comes to computer access, but also shows that there are solutions that should bring more hope for the future.

I read your reply to JT and your profile too - you have an amazing personal story and are living proof that, with determination, it is possible to succeed even if you have lived through difficult times along the way!


Hi Mary,

Greetings from California!

Someone asked me why women don't use Internet in Africa as much as we use in the US. It was a man who runs a successful marketing company. I then realized that many people are not aware of the barriers and obstacles women have in their lives in developing countries.

I decided to share my statistic.

Women deserve freedom, access to health care, Internet, and opportunities to reach their full potential.

Thank you for your comments! I'm sure that many will appreciate your time and thoughts.

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Hi Mary,


I also read that women will make more money by 2028.

I wish that I would remember the source.

Thank you very much!


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Dear Svetlana,

I am so happy to be an assigned Listener for your piece. This is an amazing compilation of statistics and of activity/efforts going on world wide and sponsored by some large corporations. If only it could all be synchronized! You accurately identify that cost is the largest barrier and Africa is the most deprived country. However, you then describe all the opportunities to take next steps; e.g.expanding access in developing nations, targeting women with disabilities.

Learning of your own story was the most powerful for me though and I encourage you to submit it to this campaign.

You are an incredible woman with amazing accomplishments. May you have light and continued success. Motorola should hire you!

Warm Regards,


Dear Karen,

Thank you for sending light! My name in Russian means "light."

I was born around 9pm on Jan. 11th. It was a freezing and dark night! My Mom was craving for toasted sunflower seeds and sunlight! She didn't choose a name for me yet. Her nurse was named Svetlana. And she was such a caring and warm person.

She asked my Mom if she has a name for me. My Mom said, "Not yet."

The nurse, Svetlana, asked her, "What would you wish for your little girl to be?"

My Mom said, "Light!"

The cost of Internet is high in Russia as well. My parents are paying about $20 per month.

Karen, I sincerely believe that we can make the difference by coming all together.

Sharing some valuable information could benefit some of our members in developing countries.

Having a supportive community here is truly inspiring. We all need compassion, hope, and support!

I want to thank you for your strong voice!!

Thank you for your kind words. I am blessed to have all the challenges because they make us more humble and

compassionate. I'll write something about not being afraid the obstacles but accepting them as a life lesson.

Life is precious by itself. Life is a God's gift. Each one of you is genius and beautiful because you are a woman.

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Hello Svetlana,

I agree with the other commentators that this was a well researched, detailed piece. It really summarizes how many obstacles women face in developing countries. I feel the greatest one is illiteracy and if more girls/women were given the chance to go to school, better access to technology would happen (since they would demand it) and the world would truly change for the better.

I also read about your story of coming to the U.S. and am impressed with the courage you showed in giving up a life you were familiar with because you wanted something better.


Hello Kristina,

Thank you for taking the time to read other comments and share your own!

I was so touched when I read about your both Grandmothers' lives. My Grandmother, By a-ok (Korean for White Pearl) was a great inspiration to me.

Literacy is a major problem for your girls and women in developing countries. I'm writing a post about this very same subject.

I'll be happy to share with you in a few weeks.

It was not easy. I learned that life is a gift. Jeff Bezos, Founder of said once. "Failure is essential component to innovation."

I learned to be more innovative with my problems, setbacks, and obstacles. Fear never leaves but we can master our fears and attitude.

I am grateful that our paths crossed here!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

I am looking forward to reading your post about literacy when you post it. I am sure it will be just as thought out as the one on technology.


Hi, Kristina:

It's great to have you among my friends!

You're very kind.

Wishing you a great week ahead!


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Hello Svetlana, thanks so much writing such a great and well researched post. I love how you outlined the various technology projects by the companies. We may not always like it, but large corporations do have the resources and the ability to bring technology to the developing world.

And thanks for sharing about your journey from the USSR to the US. My family left Czechoslovakia in 1982 and I also remember how very expensive it was back then to call relatives from the US. Now we can chat as long as we want to by using technology such as skype or facetime, and we can keep in contact via various social media and email platforms. Technology brings us all closer together and makes the world smaller.

Greetings to you!


Dear Alexandra,

I remember that it was nearly impossible to leave the former USSR for the US.

I would love to visit your country one day. I've heard that it's beautiful!

We have Fortune 500 companies in the US. I hope that many more will support women and young girls in developing countries.

I thought that it would be great to have a list of corporations supporting women and technology.

We live in the world of technology, science, and human capital. Women and young girls must have a basic Internet access!

As you eloquently wrote that technology brings us together and makes a world smaller!

I appreciate your time and wonderful comments! Let's stay in touch!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Svetlana, I loved reading your post! It has some impressive figures and statistics about the impact of women in economic development and societies. Most of all, it was very interesting to read the section about "Women and girls with Disabilities", 'cause I haven't found this perspective on the campaign posts so far. In my experience, for these women and girls empowerment finds a very important tool in technology. Physical barriers just vanish by gaining access to technology and Internet connection. The other section I truly enjoyed was the one about "Female Entrepreneurship". Again, you nailed it!

Thank you so much for this post! I'm taking several ideas with me to think further...


Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

Dear SanPatagonia,

Thank you for your note! I really appreciate you for sharing your voice and feedback.

Russians say, "One head is good, but two is better."

We have 10 million people with disabilities in the US. They faced tremendous challenges including job opportunities.

I know a few friends who have children with disabilities. They would benefit and their lives would be easier if they could have Internet access.

We have 10 million companies founded by women. Women Entrepreneurs have a great economic power.

Thank you very much for your note!

Wishing you all the best! May all your dreams come true!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

A great post to read and extremely informative especially for women leaving in a developing countries. The statics will help them take their initiative forward.

I would like to thank you here for the information on opportunities through well-known organization. As being part of the developing country, it is a great resource for us.

I do congratulate you on your post and keep up the good work.


Julie Desai


Namaste, dear Julie!

Thank you for your great work with people with disabilities. They are not always included in the conversation. We have 12 million people who need our support!

I'm happy to hear that information is helpful to you!

Wishing you peace and happiness!

With much gratitude.



Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Namaste, dear Julie!

Thank you for your great work with people with disabilities. They are not always included in the conversation. We have 12 million people who need our support!

I'm happy to hear that the information is helpful to you!

Wishing you peace and happiness!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Dear Svetlana,

Your post is impressive and well-written – thank you for including so many helpful links and statistics. Thank you, also, for drawing attention to the particular lack of access that may be experienced by women and girls with disabilities.

I can only imagine how relieved you and your family must be now that you are able to stay in closer contact due to the internet! It sounds like you have many devices at your fingertips now. How does your family in Russia usually access the internet? Would you consider it convenient for them? I wonder what suggestions you might have to increase technological literacy and access for women and girls in the area where you lived for the first 23 years of your life, and if you think governments, not-for-profit organizations, or corporations can be most helpful with this?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with World Pulse!


Dear Wells,

My parents just called me on Skype!

I purchased a Dell computer on sale which was under $300. The Internet cost is about $20-$25 a month. It's expensive.

But it's very convenient as yo notice. My parents retired and they are on the strict budget. Many families could not afford Internet access in Russia. If you think about rural areas in Russia some villages don't even have libraries.

I learn every day to be grateful for our freedom in the United States. Yesterday I visited the San Francisco Public Library which has 6 stories to renew my membership card. Again, I felt grateful that anyone can have access to books, Internet, and even rare collection of books on variety of subjects.

I believe that government, private sector, corporations, non-profits, and citizen must work together.

I also recorded my story with yesterday. I'll share a link once it's ready.

Please tell your story. Please share you story with the world. We want to hear your voice.

Again, thank you very much for your kind remarks and excellent questions.

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Dear Svetlana,

Thank you for this post. It was a great read and your passion for the empowerment of women and girls is very evident. You are very correct, empowering women and girls in technology is crucial. Education is a key factor in making this possible. Girl students need to be encouraged to take more ICT and STEM classes and there should be more women teaching ICT and STEM subjects. Small business owners in developing countries should be provided with ICT training as this could grow and expand their business significantly and create more jobs. Thank you again for this post and we hope to read more from you.

We invite you to join our world pulse group :

Best wishes,


Dear IFUW,

Thank you for your great comment. I visited your website. To be honest, I've not heard about IFUW.

I found your post about girls and amen in detention very interesting. There are not many article that I came across talks about this subject.

There are many obstacles for girls and women to pursue education including early marriages, HIV/AIDS, sexual and domestic violence, poverty, disabilities, girls and women in detention, household work, and many others.

We have a great platform here to discuss how gender equality and empowering women will contribute achieving many goals including from reducing poverty and hunger to ensuring universal education, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other deceases, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Thank you for supporting and ADVANCING girls and women across the world! I joined your group!

Thank you for extending a generous invite.

Wishing you a continued success!


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Thank you Svetlana,

We really appreciate your kind words. World pulse is indeed a great platform to discuss, connect and create awareness for change. We are pleased that you joined our group. Please feel free to share it with your contacts!

We look forward to reading more of your work, communicating with you and sharing IFUW's work with you!

Best wishes!


Svetlana, I have just finished reading your piece and all the comments. This is a very powerful, well-researched, passionate piece that highlights such important information regarding the work that large corporations are doing, your personal story and the need for internet resources for women with disabilities. It can be a source of inspiration and empowerment for other women in our global community.

My mother was Ukrainian and in 1997 I visited Cherkasy, Ukraine where women from Santa Rosa,CA partnered with women in Cherkasy to create their first ever women's center. One of the things that they did first was to create a computer room where women could learn to use computers and internet. It changed everything and was and continues to be an incredible source of empowerment for the women there.

Thank you for your work, the powerful story you have written, and the many and varied ways you are empowering women in our global community. I look forward to becoming World Pulse friends.

Louise in Ashland, OR


Dear Louise,

Thank you very much for your kindness and beautiful energy! You live in a beautiful town. My late friend, Nini, and her daughter, AnnaMarie, used to visit Ashland for many years.

Nini took her first acting class in San Francisco when she was in her early 70s. She lived a long life, four years away from her centennial Birthday.

They loved visiting

Let me encourage you and your mother to share your story with I just recorded my story of coming to America with one dream (to pursue my happiness) and one dollar in 1991.

How fabulous! I left Leningrad in Dec. 1991. I was back in 1996. Life was more normal. I have not been to Ukraine.

Thank you for your great contribution. I am collecting some books to take to Russia with me next year.

I feel grateful that we are befriended each other on World Pulse!

Wishing you a great weekend!

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!

Svetlana, As the saying goes "It's a small world". I love that you had a friend who used to visit Ashland and the OSF plays. My new housemate has just taken a job with OSF in their Wig Dept.

Thank you for the link to StoryCorps. I will check it out. Momma died this past September but before she died I interviewed her for a paper I wrote for my doctoral program in Women's Spirituality @ CIIS in San Francisco. Perhaps you know of the program?

Where in Russia will you go when you visit next year?

Thanks for accepting my friend request on WP.

I look forward to more sharing.

Enjoy your weekend.




My whole life is string of serendipitous events! And it continues this way.

How fabulous! Congrats to your housemate!

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that loving memories of your mother brings you peace.

I always wanted to explore some opportunities at CIIS.

Congratulations! I am studying meditation under the guidance of Guru Swami Manjulanand.

Also, all the weight I gained not eating properly because I was living in the destitute.

Now I enjoy my holistic way of life.

Let me know if you ever come my way. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, connect with on Facebook.

It's raining today. We need it.

With much gratitude,


Anything is Possible if You Dream Impossible Dreams!