WWW: Women Weave the Web

This Call to Action ended August 2014.

In early 2014, World Pulse launched its WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign, aimed at crowdsourcing the wisdom of grassroots women leaders like you on issues related to digital inclusion and empowerment.   Our campaign engaged the community in three phases; we kicked off with the Digital Access phase to find out about challenges you have accessing the Internet and the solutions you and your community are developing. We then turned our focus to Digital Literacy and subsequently to Digital Empowerment, gathering your ideas on the tools you need to fully espouse the web, as well as how the Internet empowers you to create real and powerful change on the ground.

Throughout the campaign, your stories on digital inclusion and empowerment flooded World Pulse in an uproar we never could have imagined! We received 590 submissions from nearly 70 countries around the globe, all advocating for a world where women and girls are empowered to access and harness the transformative power of digital tools.  Community members also helped identify nearly 100 safe spaces around the world, where women could safely log on to the web.

With your support, the WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign accomplished some amazing feats! A group of four World Pulse community members joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet's Multistakeholder Coalition in Nigeria; World Pulse CEO, Jensine Larsen, shared WWW Campaign testimonies at Rightscon in Silicon Valley; preliminary Campaign results were shared by community member Iffat Rose Gill at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS +10) in Geneva; two community members gave their recommendation on digital inclusion at Social Media Week in Nigeria; World Pulse CEO and community members shared key campaign findings at workshop with top technology companies; and World Pulse's Digital Action Campaigns Manager, Leana Mayzlina, and community member Iffat Rose Gill, presented the community's recommendations at the UN's Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

The WWW Campaign also honored two of our community members with incredible prizes.  The Lynn Syms Prize, in partnership with sculptor and philanthropist Lynn Syms, sought to recognize an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work.  Sister Zeph of Pakistan was awarded this prize for her initiative, Zephaniah Free Education, which seeks to educate and empower women through both formal education and skills training.   World Pulse also partnered with Beyond Access to offer our community the opportunity to become a Beyond Access Member Team.  Community member Iffat Rose Gill's ChunriChoupaal was selected as the winner of this opportunity!  ChunriChoupaal is a non-profit organization based in Pakistan that works with women leaders to use digital media for social and economic progress.  As a Beyond Access Member, ChunriChoupaal is exploring opportunities to collaborate with a local library in Layyah, Pakistan to offer technology trainings and other activities.

Although the WWW Campaign has already generated important transformations for many community members, we're not even close to finished yet! Throughout 2015, we'll be making sure that your voices get even more visibility around the world. We'll be creating a recommendations package analyzing all of the community submissions, which will be made available to our partners and our online community to better advocate for women's digital inclusion and empowerment.  World Pulse will also be republishing community stories through our global network of partners, and releasing editorial stories, highlighting some of the incredible digital inclusion leaders and projects from our community.

Stay tuned to the World Pulse blog and your email to hear about how your voices are making an impact!

In the meanwhile, check out the submissions below, where you can read testimonies from around the world on women's digital inclusion.

 

Community Submissions

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