Inspired by the women lifting up the Girls in ICT Day

Dawn Arteaga
Posted April 23, 2020 from United States
100 World Pulse Digital Ambassadors come from 25 countries and are united by a shared vision, "To lift the voices of women and girls in our communities." They live this vision daily.

It can be hard sometimes to capture the collective power of the women on World Pulse. I'm not always very articulate at helping someone who is new to this sisterhood see the tidal waves of impact that build here. But this morning I got an extra special glimpse. This morning, about 20 of the 100 World Pulse Digital Ambassadors gathered together for a video call to exchange ideas on how to support one another during Covid-19 and create even bigger impact than we could alone.

I had a feeling that I was sitting among titans. The women who joined the call shared how they are shouldering responsibilities of entire communities. They are setting up phone centers and directing domestic violence reports to police for quick action. They are ensuring migrant workers are able to access food, even if they don't have government-issued ID. They are producing and distributing masks and hand sanitizers to vulnerable populations. They are ensuring women farmers are able to continue safely producing and distributing food. One of the Digital Ambassadors joined the call from a fishing boat where she shared with us the ancestral practices of fishing are keeping her community safe and the elders engaged and active as the leaders and providers.

It is because of these leaders that we can celebrate Girls in ICT Day this year. They are creating a new future and a new reality for generations to come.

As one of the speakers said so well, "We cannot wait for governments to work for us. We have to find the solutions in our own communities."

And then after the call ended, we started getting notes from other Digital Ambassadors who were unable to join. One leader couldn't join because she was on a radio program during that time speaking about the increase in domestic violence during this time. Another was speaking to a group of community leaders on the gendered impact of Covid-19.

It was just one hour on a Thursday, but it showed me a glimpse of the power that this community possesses to transform our global systems for the better. The world might feel like it is shut down. But the women on World Pulse show us that our movement is growing in energy every day.

Happy Girls in ICT Day! Celebrating each of you!

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Manasa Ram Raj
Apr 23
Apr 23

Such a powerful post!! I am so glad to be part of this community and to learn from all the Ambassadors <3

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

And thanks to you for making it work!!

Anita Shrestha
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you for sharing. I missed because I have not idea to how to join

Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Anita, Dear,

It's part of the "Thriving Thursday" email that was sent out a couple of weeks ago to all Ambassadors. It was emailed on April 18th. This was the subject: "Thank you for #ThrivingThursday! We already can't wait for next week!"
The calls are at 7 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. GMT).

Anita Shrestha
Apr 24
Apr 24

Ok, thank you

Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

You're welcome!

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thank you Jill for sharing that info! I hope you can join next week too!!

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

You're welcome! Thanks for fixing my link:-) Appreciate it!

XX

maeann
Apr 24
Apr 24

I am so glad to attend every Thrive Thursday even I am busy :) Thank you for continually connecting us.

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thank you Maeann. Big hugs to you.

Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Lovely Dawn,

How are you and your family doing? What a wonderful update and collective impact story. Thanks so much for sharing, Dawn. We celebrate you, too, dear! I'm glad to see the Pulse is strong on Thriving Thursdays:-)

Hope you and your family are doing well:-)

XX

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thanks so much Jill!!

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

You're very welcome:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 24
Apr 24

Dear Dawn,
You have always been so busy on these calls (somehow never seeming busy, just the adept host and welcomer you are). You have described our latest call so well. It was such a profound and important exchange of what is needed, where, and what so many World Pulse sisters are doing about it. I'm so glad that you got to take it in a bit differently with Caroline and Kirthi holding the reins so magnificently. I am in awe and deep gratitude for all that is being created and accomplished, and for every way that World Pulse helps keep us connected.
Deep sisterhood,
Tam

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

Your words mean so much Tam. Thank you. Yes you are right sitting and listening brought me a whole new level of appreciation and awe!

Chi8629
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Beautiful Sister,
How do you do ?
Thank you for sharing.
You are unique and we
are glad to have you here .
We love you so much.

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thank you dear Chioma

Chi8629
Apr 25
Apr 25

Anytime Dawn .

Madhuri Deshkar
May 01
May 01

साझा करने के लिये धन्यवाद। आपका कार्यसे हमे प्रेरणा मिलती है।