A woman’s world just got exciting, thanks to the digital space

Judey
Posted June 27, 2017 from Kenya
World Pulse session at St Mary's Catholic Church, Mukuru
World Pulse volunteer Judey (left) takes women through the online community.
Living room session
Living room session: Showing young women in Nairobi how to navigate the World Pulse platform. (1/3)

Today’s world is evolving owing to the digital transformation that is making globalization a reality faster than anticipated. I mean, who needs a physical meet up with a mentor, business partner when the internet is making all that possible in a click of a button?

People are realizing their dreams on their gadgets. One click and you find the lifetime opportunity you’ve always dreamed about. Another moment you get invitation to a conference that is meant to be a game changer in your life. People running start ups get funders in the most unusual way, just by embracing the power of the internet.

For the philanthropies, all you need is post your offer on a web page and you receive massive applications from grant/sponsorship seekers.

In no time you find someone with similar interests as you, and you kick off partnership that would soon evolve to a business empire.

Isn’t this an ideal world where you do not need to get stuck in traffic jam and/or board a plane to meet your connections? This is the internet generation/era.

There are definitely risks associated with web based activities and this calls for vigilance; for instance being keen enough to spot suspicious links or malicious connections, changing passwords now and then, being ware of surroundings when handling your personal sensitive info like bank accounts and so forth.

You have a choice of what to get involved in on the internet.

World Pulse

We all have courses we dearly care about but sometimes have no proper avenue to establish our footing. And this is where a support groups come in handy. For women around the globe, one such enabler that I have come to embrace is World Pulse. Forever grateful to you Stella Paul for mentioning the platform in the course of our chats; I found a place to belong.

I was just a few months old in the diverse online community, logging in occasionally to motivate and show some love to women who had posted articles, leaving a comment and occasionally pressing the heart button. Then email pops up in my inbox asking whether I’d like to volunteer to introduce women in my locality to the social platform under the umbrella of Women and the Web Alliance. There are some opportunities I don’t think twice about so I jumped into this one, but I remember reminding Molly Gates (Women and the Web Alliance manager) that I was a newbie, just to exonerate myself in case my mission flopped. Hides*.

At the back of my mind rang the phrase, “challenge yourself by doing something for the first time – every now and then”. This was my challenge – so I set up a venue, send out invites, requested for attendance confirmation (you do not want to find yourself alone after all the preparation) and voila! The ladies turned up and were glad to discover another social platform that would add value to their growth endeavours.

At a time when there is a massive proliferation of multi-level marketing initiatives – statements like “Judy I hope this is not another network marketing thing” came across quite often. In a way I expected such, so I warded off the doubts effectively.

You see, with World Pulse you connect with women globally – to unite, share stories and resources,and grow together while creating impact. I’m glad to have reached close to 50 women in Nairobi, Kenya.

Thirst for knowledge

It is quite inspiring to see young people who are thirsty for knowledge and opportunities; one of the observations I made during the three World Pulse sessions. It is this zeal that opens up your unforeseen world.

That story that is deep down your chest and you have been itching to share yet haven’t found the best platform and an audience finds home at World Pulse. One of the women present was so glad to discover a platform where she could publish her articles about the environment.

Some were excited about being able to read and learn from the experiences and daily hacks of others living life in no extra ordinary way.

International Women’s Day (IWD)

We even got a chance to be part of the World Pulse Wave that was carried out globally on International Women’s Day -marked annually on March 8, which was encouraging women to embrace digital space – a gold mine of opportunities.

Here is a video we made for IWD during one of the sessions.

Thanks Molly for the opportunity to share with the amazing women that I interacted with in the course of this project. I know they are grateful to meet others from around the globe and make a light shine on their digital prospects.

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jlanghus
Jun 28, 2017
Jun 28, 2017

Hi Judey. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, photos and program. It's lovely to see how your are supporting these women and creating a community. Looking forward to hearing more about your mission and how you inspire women:)

Judey
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 05, 2017

Thank you jlanghus :)

jlanghus
Jul 06, 2017
Jul 06, 2017

You're welcome:)

Stella Paul
Jun 29, 2017
Jun 29, 2017

Wow Judey! This is not just a visually powerful post, but also so full of wonderful information! Those connections that you described between the use of internet and access to opportunities of all kind, is truly so informative. Kudos to you, my friend and sister, for leading the women in Mukuru to a digitally empowered future. More power to you!

Judey
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 05, 2017

Thanks Stella for the encouragement. After doing this project I realised young people are yearning for opportunities to build themselves. Can't wait to meet and inspire more :)

Emily Jensen
Jun 29, 2017
Jun 29, 2017

Thank you for sharing this powerful story, Judey! As a World Pulse staff member it is so awesome to hear how much value you find in our platform and programs. YOU are what makes World Pulse what it is! We're thrilled to call you our sister.

Judey
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 05, 2017

Thank you emilyjensen. And I am glad to be a part of this global family, continually realising the power of an action-filled community. 

Julie Zenterra
Aug 15, 2017
Aug 15, 2017

Judey, your story came to me at a juncture when I too have been wondering about how to challenge myself to engage in my community, and has given me such inspiration to follow my heart and just DO IT!! I love your willingness to jump right in to make positive things happen - your passion and enthusiasm are contagious! Thank your for being part of the World Pulse community, and for all the work you're doing to enlighten and encourage others!

Judey
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017

Hey juliezenterra, I'm glad you found inspiration in my post. I will be delighted to learn about what you eventually start off with. You just need to make the first step and there you will have conquered your initial doubts. Go for it dear sister :). 

Cheers,

Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
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