Weaving the World Pulse Message into My Impact Story

Urmila Chanam
Posted August 5, 2019 from India
Expanding reach to women leaders in India and worldwide is my goal as a World Pulse Ambassador
Expanding reach to women leaders in India and worldwide has been my goal as World Pulse Ambassador and to link this network of support to community members on World Pulse. Seen here with an inspiring woman leader Anju Bist who works in Amrita Serve in Kerala(India) and is now a World Pulse community member herself!
With Gauri Sarin, another inspiring woman leader from New Delhi, India who is revolutionizing indigenous food and natural food as a remedy for diseases and advocating for a medicine free life. Bhumija is the name of her organization. Gauri is now a World Pulse member after I introduced her to World Pulse during a residential training we attended together. (1/13)

With each passing year as a member of World Pulse, my own understanding of its vision is evolving to something that is wider, deeper and all encompassing. Its like how the world opens up for a person from birth to adulthood finally to old age. The universe may remain unchanged throughout the lifecycle but its the individual's increasing ability to discern sourroundings and events that changes over time.

From the time of understanding World Pulse through the stories women from different parts of the world wrote to the time of leading discussions on women related issues, nudge the writer's consciousness to identify solutions women need and want and finally, link it to those involved in making legislative changes around those issues, indeed, my World Pulse journey has transitioned through different dimensions over the last 10 years.

Perhaps this is the most significant change in my life as a result of my involvement with World Pulse; the understanding that our role in an organization evolves over time and each role in each phase is important, relevant, connected to the consequent roles that will follow; that its a game changer to be associated with an organization for a long period of time. My understanding of the different phases of programming within World Pulse and my own contributions to these programs have helped me to possess institutional memory and made me capable of offering support and inputs to World Pulse team on their website, campaigns, programs and overall programmatic direction. 

Sometimes, it would be to discuss new ideas during the annual board meeting, be a resource person at the CIP Fellowship seminar sharing my experience of using story telling to enhance visibility of my efforts on menstrual hygiene management and on other times, it was a call to discuss the progress of the ambassador's program with my peers.

It was possible for me to offer the World Pulse advantage to women leaders wherever I went, be it within India or abroad because I was the living testimony of these benefits. Leadership and program management skills, digital skills to enhance professional life or program, improved writing skills, aquiring understanding of the plethora of issues that affect women worldwide as scripted by women themselves and thereby getting closest to the reality we can ever get , finding a confidant, an advisor, a funder, a friend, a partner(in work as in partnerships), looking at women empowerment from a global overview and not just our local perspective, being able to connect the dots and make our mission aligned to a larger global picture by facilitating partnerships and colloborations for a larger and speedier impact and lastly, acquring a non-judgemental, non-political and supportive approach in all our interactions with people.

I have been able to introduce World Pulse to many women and men leaders and also people who I came across in person. I am confident they will impact more people in their journey with World Pulse. There are also those who came to know of World Pulse from the many articles in newspapers and blogs I have written or mention in the radio and television interviews I have given this year.

My enourager role gave me a habit of reading stories on a daily basis, leaving my thoughts as a comment, encouraging and supporting women and when possible, share resources or linkages. This not just helped build women's voices in different countries but it also built my knowledge on issues that affect women in other countries not just India. These stories were not media reports but personal accounts and perspectives and offering scope for more discussion with the writer . It enhanced my leadership and my messaging in conferences and interviews where I was invited as a speaker, panelist or resource person. It also enhanced my role as a social worker because I learnt about varying social conditions and innovations opening many possibilities of intervention. World Pulse is a university of constant learning! How would I have come to know so many amazing and inspiring women if not on World Pulse?

What deserves to be mentioned is the International Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations in India with a bullet bike rally Men Take Lead Ride where men bikers took a 40 km ride through the heart of Bangalore city to signifiy the 40 years a woman menstruates and call for a world where there is no isolation of menstruating girls and women. My story submission on this event won the World Pulse Story Awards further amplifying the impact of the event to a global audience and becoming the frontface of menstrual hygiene management movement on World Pulse . Men Take Lead Ride was written about by renown researcher and professor from University of Boston, USA,Chris Bobel in her book "The Managed Body" and acknowldged by WASH practitioners around the world as an important approach to achieve menstrual hygiene management by building men's leadership.

Another life changing experience was working  with World Pulse changemaker, sister and board member Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale from Nigeria who works with textile art to raise funds for her programs on livelihood, rehabilitation of widows and orphans, education and addressing domestic violence by giving skills and income to those affected with it. We worked together during June and July this year to raise awareness on menstrual hygiene management across two states in Nigeria and organised a total of seven trainings for the physically challenged, visually impaired, hearing impaired, adolescent girls and teachers, community women and mothers, NGO personnel, journalists and legislators. Our joint campaign impacted close to 1000 girls and boys, men and women in Ondo and Lagos states and hundreds of thousands through radio, television and newspaper coverage of our initiative. I have worked with many people in my career spanning 12 years but the experience of working with a World Pulse changemaker was my first and the best.

Way back in 2015 when I was an ambassador for the first time, I organised workshops to train women on digital technology and enrolled them personally on www.worldpulse.com. Now I guide women even on the phone or social media on how to register, navigate the website and share the current ongoing campaigns or discussions on World Pulse with them. We can weave World Pulse vision and messages into our social interactions to be able to reach more people just like I have been able to do.I know I would still be doing all these even if my ambassador tenure was to come to an end because  every woman on World Pulse is an ambassador, keen to share benefits she herself has enjoyed on World Pulse.

 

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Jill Langhus
Aug 05
Aug 05

Wow, Urmila! Congrats on your WP anniversary!!!

You have made such and impact on the forum, in your community, so many other communities, businesses, ventures, and people. I hope you just keep building, growing, and making a difference in so many, many more lives, as I know you will. Thanks so much for making such a difference as an Ambassador, as an advocate for women, and as a good human being:-) So fortunate to be of your acquaintance and to know first-hand your work and impact.

Shine on, dear one!

XX

Urmila Chanam
Aug 05
Aug 05

Dear sister Jill,
Am so happy to have completed my tenure and remember vividly how overpowering it was to be given this responsibility at first. The dominating concern was if I would be able to do justice to the expectations. And then along the way I found, its about doing the best in my own context only to a point that is possible for me that would be sustainable. Thanks for being a witness of my journey and constanly cheering me up. There is no such place as World Pulse.
Love and kisses,
Urmila Chanam

Jill Langhus
Aug 06
Aug 06

Oh, wow. You were overwhelmed. I didn't think anything daunted you:-)

I agree about doing your best and that totally makes sense, too.

You're welcome. Glad to be of service:-)

Indeed, there's no place like home:-)

XX

Olutosin
Aug 05
Aug 05

Great Ambassador of Worldpulse!!!!
I am always proud to introduce you as my sister of over a decade, as my colleague and as my fellow ambassador.
May you continue to grow stronger and to soar higher.

You are a shining example of What Worldpulse can achieve in various parts of the world.

You have shown me that When we work together, we achieve more and make triple impacts.

Welldone daughter of the soil.

In solidarity and sisterhood,
Olutosin.

Urmila Chanam
Aug 05
Aug 05

My dear Olutosin 'ma',
How privileged I am to be a recipient of your love, affection, care, friendship and prayers! I know we will meet again and we will keep meeting again all of our lives because we have so much to do together. Thank you for encouraging me even during phases when no one believed I could do anything.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

Olutosin
Aug 05
Aug 05

Great Ambassador of Worldpulse!!!!
I am always proud to introduce you as my sister of over a decade, as my colleague and as my fellow ambassador.
May you continue to grow stronger and to soar higher.

You are a shining example of What Worldpulse can achieve in various parts of the world.

You have shown me that When we work together, we achieve more and make triple impacts.

Welldone daughter of the soil.

In solidarity and sisterhood,
Olutosin.

Maya Iwata
Aug 05
Aug 05

Urmila, Congratulations on celebrating your 10 years on World Pulse. You are an inspiring and energizing community member! A heartfelt thank you to you for all your work in the world and for connecting more women and girls to World Pulse. You definitely are creating many ripple effects towards global gender equity. Thank you.

Urmila Chanam
Aug 05
Aug 05

Dear sister,
These 10 years have seen such extreme highs and lows yet the stabilizing force has been my engagement and inspiration from women on World Pulse. Thank you for your generous words. May God bless you abundantly.
With love,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Hello, my unstoppable sister Urmila,

Congratulations for all the accomplishments you’ve made! As I said before, you definitely raised the bar so high on what being a World Pulse Ambassador can be like. The possibilities are limitless!

Thank you for being our trailblazer, our example.

I am one of those who are truly inspired by your World Pulse journey. I am one of those you encouraged that one day, when my children are no longer dependent on me, I can create greater impacts, too.

Thank you for your undying commitment to spread the World Pulse message in every platform and to everyone you met.

We are truly grateful for you! We are proud of you! We celebrate you!

I’m so honored to call you my sister!

Urmila Chanam
Aug 06
Aug 06

Dear sister precious( Karen),
Indeed, we met on the stories on World Pulse, lietrally and connected on other forums too to keep in touch. You constantly inspire me with the clarity of thought, honesty in your writings and the ability to write your thoughts. I hope we will remain sisters and friends forever and one day we will meet too.
Love and kisses,
Urmila Chanam,
India

I'm glad we met on World Pulse, and exchange encouragement and personal anecdotes on other platforms. I hope too that we will remain sisters and friends forever. Yes, that's the plan, right? It's either you visit us in the Philippines or we will visit you in India. Or who knows our paths will cross in other countries one day. It shall be done. Amen.

Hugs!

Urmila Chanam
Aug 17
Aug 17

Love you sister Karen

Love you, sis Urmila.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 07
Aug 07

My dear Sister,
You have written a brilliant piece here describing so beautifully and completely what we all have together now through World Pulse. How it evolves, how it gives us so many ways to build our own actions through the information and interconnections it makes possible. A highlight for me has been the very real and profound friendships we have been able to forge with each other, relationships built on recognizing sisters with similar goals and dedication to creating a different world, a world in which women and girls are safe and free. Early on I found you through your writing and as with many World Pulse sisters, found a precious friendship, one in which we can now be in touch at any moment, a friendship in celebration for having this chance to know we are working together and to feel the joy of our connection.
Love always,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Aug 17
Aug 17

Dear sister Tamarack,
Indeed, we met through reading each other's story, learning about each other through our sharings and eventually, relying on each other for advice and help as and when situation arose. Even for me, the biggest bonus of my work on World Pulse is earning great friends and life long relationships of learning and wonder. Thanks for being in my life as a beloved sister.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
India

ARREY- ECHI
Aug 18
Aug 18

Dear Sis Urmi,
Congratulations for 10years on the Pulse and all that you have and continue to do. I know it is not always easy, but your passion and drive are inspiring.

I am privileged to have you as a sister and to share this special space with you. My wish is to meet you one day in person.

I love the impact story and as I read, I could only say yes! Keep impacting sis.

Much love and appreciation.

Urmila Chanam
Aug 19
Aug 19

Dearest Arrey-Echi,
Thanks for your love and friendship. These 10 years have gone by rather quickly; they say, if you are having a good time we do not realise the length of time.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India