World Pulse Spirit Awards 2020 Celebrations

Urmila Chanam
Posted February 26, 2021 from India

Attended World Pulse Spirit Awards online yesterday that honours and celebrates exemplary women from around the world for their contribution to uplift other women and following a stringent process involving receiving nominations and going through a panel of jury.

The Grand Prize winners of World Pulse Spirit Awards this year are Nini Mappo from Kenya, Kirthi Jayakumar from India and Regina Afanwi Young from Cameroon. Awardees for storyteller, champion and activator categories are Ajt Ikirimat Grace, Anjana, Basudha Modak, Adriana Greenblatt, Marie Abanga Global and Veronica Ngum Ndi.

These women, most of them personally known to me, are most compassionate, brilliant, humble, knowledgeable, resourceful and inspiring women doing amazing work on ground as well as uplifting women in their communities and on World Pulse platform.

The award ceremony was beautifully conducted by my dear sister Busayo Owojori-Obisakin and fellow Ambassador from Nigeria. The speech given by our Amazon, Founder and CEO of World Pulse, Jensine Larsen moved us to tears when she shared the vision with which she had started World Pulse and to reflect on where we have reached now. My heart was warmed to see familiar faces of women I love so much- Beth Lacey from New York, Jill Langhus-Griffin from Spain, Jessica Robinson the new chairman of Board of Directors of World Pulse, Paulina Lawsin Nayra from Phillipines, Dawn Arteaga from New York and others.

I was asked to say a few words on the happy occasion as a winner of the awards last year and I decided to talk about the essence of World Pulse Spirit Awards. Fellow awardees Tamarack Verrall from Canada spoke about the power of global sisterhood in fighting against gender based violence and Arrey Echi from Cameroon spoke about the importance of "coming together of women" and the collective flame made up of our individual torches of leadership.

To me, World Pulse Spirit Awards is the embodiment of the spirit of women connected to each other on World Pulse. In times when online violence is the new kind of violence against women, trolling, online harassment, cyber crimes and bullying, and so much of toxicity online as a norm globally, it is only on World Pulse that women "are" and "feel" safe, they are heard, understood, accepted, loved, valued, helped and supported. The support received on World Pulse makes women members feel they are talented, wise, smart, beautiful, compassionate and no matter what bad patch of life women may be transitioning through, this encouragement and love serves to build them into empowered women who do well not just for themselves, their families and community but for other women also.

Not one single night in the decade I have been a community member of World Pulse did I sleep with a troubled heart from an interaction on World Pulse, because each and every interaction was respectful, meaningful and useful.

The other trait of the World Pulse spirit is how women speak for themselves, irrespective of their language, diction, communication skills because women believe they know their truth best. This women's leadership is what is needed the most in the world to expedite gender equality.

A big congratulations to all the winners as we pass on the light and make way for you to light the torches of other women with yours.

#LogOnRiseUp

#WomensLeadership

#WomensEmpowerment

#RegisterOnWorldPulse

 

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maeann
Feb 27
Feb 27

Hi Urmila,

I am happy to see and celebrate with you. We will continue to be the light of every women, lifting each other up. Congratulations to all Winners!

Marie Abanga
Feb 27
Feb 27

Dear Urmila,

I tried my best and didn't shed a tear yesterday, but your soulful summing of it all has gotten dem tears flowing. Tears of joy and yes tears of communion especially with the truth about World Pulse being such a haven oh my. And that Jensine was so so authentic and Vulnerable and all of us and you light bearers and pace setters awwwwwwwwww
Loads of love always
MAG

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 27
Feb 27

Beautifully said, Urmila!! It was incredible to hear your words yesterday and see you joyfully share the light from your candle with this year’s winners! Thank you

anita shrestha
Feb 27
Feb 27

Nice

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 27
Feb 27

Dear Urmila,
Your words are so beautiful, they convey the joy, the power, the love and support that flow when World Pulse Sisters get together. When World Pulse sisters have the joy of letting each other know how grateful we are for each other, the dedication and brilliance that flows among World Pulse sisters continues to grow. What a joy to be able to work together.
Deep Sister Love,
Tam

Urmila!
What a fabulous moment I will remember always being with you, being witness to your wisdom and your words that resonated deeply! I love this: "In times when online violence is the new kind of violence against women, trolling, online harassment, cyber crimes and bullying, and so much of toxicity online as a norm globally, it is only on World Pulse that women "are" and "feel" safe, they are heard, understood, accepted, loved, valued, helped and supported. The support received on World Pulse makes women members feel they are talented, wise, smart, beautiful, compassionate and no matter what bad patch of life women may be transitioning through, this encouragement and love serves to build them into empowered women who do well not just for themselves, their families and community but for other women also." Yes. I feel replenished as I read these words, you help articulate that process of transformation that so many of us journey through here being part of this community.

Hugs to you, from Montreal!
Adriana

Hello, sister Urmila,

I missed this momentous moment of World Pulse, and it aches to miss it due to internet issues. Thank you for honoring the World Pulse Spirit Award winners through this write-up. For a moment, I saw the photo of you beside Jensine, and you two look alike!

Congratulations to all winners of World Pulse Spirit Awards last year and this year and the coming years! Well-deserved!

Beth Lacey
Mar 02
Mar 02

My heart is smiling, sister

Kirthi Jayakumar
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dearest Urmi,
What a beautiful embodiment of light YOU are. I'm so grateful to hold this light with you and walk forth to the future as sister. All my love to you, dear Urmi!

Zohra Elias
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hello Urmila,

I'm glad and happy to see all these incredible women standing up together.
Congratulations for everyone!
Thank you for sharing your insight with us.