The Path to Participation Initiative from World Pulse and No Ceilings

Submissions to this initiative ended 5/14. Thank you to all who participated!

We invite you to read a column from our Founder and CEO Jensine Larsen on the impact of this initiative.

World Pulse selected the following stories for publication on our Global Issues page:

NIGERIA: How I Lost an Election and Still Won
by Louisa Ono

TIBET: Discovering the World Outside My Village
by Jampa Latso

PHILIPPINES: Of Garlands and Graduation
by Libudsuroy

INDIA: The 'Yes' that Changed Our Lives
by Dr. Lulabi Pattanayak

ZIMBABWE: The Day Chioniso Died Giving Birth
by Dudziro Nhengu

NIGERIA: Women Smoking Unconsciously Just to Feed Others
by Olanike Olugboji

UGANDA: Any Woman Could Still Die in Childbirth
by Angela Kintu Rwabose

US: Silence Is a Form of Violence
by Lauren Frei

ZIMBABWE: No More Apologies for Violence
by Lilian Lindani Mwaita Chirambadare

US: Refusing the Tradition of Gender Disparity
by Zainab Khan

Scroll down to read powerful submissions from all over the world.


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How are you helping solve inequalities that persist between men and women today, or working to overcome barriers to women’s full participation in your community? 


World Pulse and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, invite you to share your stories and help turn their recently released data on and Full Participation Plan into a blueprint for action on the ground!

The initiative recently teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a comprehensive and data-driven analysis on the status of women, girls, and gender equality since 1995, when the world declared in one voice that "women's rights are human rights."

Embedded in the data are the stories of women and men working towards a more equal world. 

We invite you to explore the No Ceilings data on and read the full report, choose a key statistic that reflects your experience, and tell us your story.

The data confirm what we hear on World Pulse every day: progress is possible and significant strides have been made in many areas over the last 20 years.  Still, despite such progress, crucial gaps remain.

For example:

  • In education, while the gap between the number of boys and girls completing primary schools globally has nearly closed, barriers remain in advancing girls’ secondary school education. Today, less than a third of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in secondary school.
  • In health, globally, women and girls are living longer and healthier lives, and the rate of maternal mortality has nearly halved since 1995. While this is a significant milestone, we know that every day 800 women still die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • In the area of gender-based violence, one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, the vast majority at the hands of her husband or partner. While legal protections for women have increased significantly, violence remains a global epidemic.

Using the information above, or any of the nearly 1 million data points and visualizations on the state of gender equality worldwide presented on, we want to know: Have you or someone in your community experienced one of these issues first hand? What local solutions are working? What is your vision to solve this issue?

Submission guidelines

To submit your story to this initiative, you must click the orange button below. If you plan to come back and post your story later, be sure to bookmark the submissions form so it's easy to return to when you're ready to post!

When data and story are used together, people are moved intellectually and emotionally. Your story could inspire others to speak up and take action, and may help policy makers see the faces, challenges, and solutions behind the numbers.

All stories received will be delivered to No Ceilings; select stories will be published on the Clinton Foundation Blog and on the World Pulse Global Issues page. Those who are published on the World Pulse Global Issues page will receive an honorarium as well as a Certificate of Publication.

Stories that are 800-1000 words will be most likely to be published. We look to publish pieces that are solutions-oriented and that emphasize the personal and collective, as well as creativity, innovation, transformation, and collaboration. 

Need help getting started? Take a look at these tips and examples of stories World Pulse has previously published.



Community Submissions

Transcending Silence

On a steamy morning in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador I garden with a group of Indigenous Achuar women, harvesting beautiful cassava that will la


I take a bold step today to speak up against gender based violence. I take a bold step to inspire women and children around the world.