Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Over the last year, our global community has rallied around the crucial issue of women's digital inclusion through the WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign. You have shown us why digital access is key to empowerment, why the tech sector should be more responsive to the needs of women around the world, and why women must be on the front lines of this conversation. To empower our community to continue speaking out on this issue, we offered you two unique opportunities to create an even stronger ripple effect with the incredible work you are doing. We are now proud to announce and acknowledge the powerful community leaders who have been selected!

Lynn Syms Prize

Zephaniah of Pakistan has been selected as the winner of the Lynn Syms Prize for her initiative, Zephaniah Free Education, which seeks to educate and empower women through both formal education and skills training. Her organization has taught over 500 girls and empowered 100 more. She attributes much of her success to the use of digital tools—from World Pulse to YouTube—which helped her inspire supporters, share success stories, and fundraise. Zephaniah will be awarded US $20,000 and a trip to New York to support the mission and growth of Zephaniah Free Education. The 2014 Lynn Syms Prize, in partnership with sculptor and philanthropist Lynn Syms, seeks to recognize an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work.

What makes us different from other organizations is that [everything] is done by a single girl who proved that only one girl can change thousands of lives. —Zephaniah

Beyond Access Member Team

We are also excited to announce a new World Pulse/Beyond Access Member Team! Iffat Gill's ChunriChoupaal is a non-profit organization based in Pakistan that works with women leaders to use digital media for social and economic progress. As a Beyond Access Member, ChunriChoupaal is exploring opportunities to collaborate with a local library in Layyah, Pakistan to offer technology trainings and other activities. Beyond Access is a global initiative of people and organizations that believe libraries help drive positive social and economic change. With more than 30 Member Teams and community development projects in 10 countries, Beyond Access aims to strengthen the role of libraries in tackling issues that range from literacy and livelihoods to broad-based information access for all.

We would like to see and experiment how libraries can be [revived] as a safe and inviting place for women, especially in areas where women's mobility is a challenge.—Iffat Gill

  • libudsuroy
    Dec 20, 2014
    Dec 20, 2014

    Congratulations to you Zephaniah and Iffat! With your triumphs, hundreds and thousands of your countrywomen are also victorious over poverty and ignorance. I salute your entrepreneurship, audacity and ambition.

  • Sister Zeph
    Jan 05, 2015
    Jan 05, 2015

    Thank for such encouraging and beautiful words my dear

    With Love Sister Zeph

  • Sister Zeph
    Jan 05, 2015
    Jan 05, 2015

    Thank for such encouraging and beautiful words my dear

    With Love Sister Zeph

  • Terry Shiundu
    Dec 20, 2014
    Dec 20, 2014

    Congratulations Zephaniah and Iffat. Its a blessing to know that whatever we do, whether great or small makes a difference in ways that are beyond us. Your stories are inspiring and i pray that you will continue to inspire more lives and go beyond your wildest dreams!

    Congratulations!

    Best regards, Terry

  • OKOCHA NKEM
    Dec 20, 2014
    Dec 20, 2014

    Congratulations to Zephaniah and Iffat, we are winners together sisters. I am so happy for the young girls and women you empower.

  • Sister Zeph
    Jan 05, 2015
    Jan 05, 2015

    You are right we are all winners, thank you for every thing which you are doing to make this world a better place.

    With Respect

  • Adanna
    Dec 20, 2014
    Dec 20, 2014

    Congrats Zephaniah and Iffat as you strive to empower more women.

  • Sister Zeph
    Jan 05, 2015
    Jan 05, 2015

    Thank you dear Adanna and to the world pulse for giving such a big opportunity to me , so that I can spread my voice in the whole world to lift women's status through this great platform of the world pulse

    With Love Sister Zeph

  • Maretha
    Jan 15, 2015
    Jan 15, 2015

    Congratulations Sister Zeph and Iffat! Whenever women are empowered the whole world benefits, thank you for being torch bearers for other women!

    Keep on keeping on! Bless you

    Kindest Regards, Maretha

  • Melvin
    Jul 18, 2015
    Jul 18, 2015

    The works of your hands and mind is feld by the masses who feet from your outputs. A big hand of congratulations Zephaniah and Iffat.

  • Mar 04, 2016
    Mar 04, 2016

    Zephaniah and Iffat are inspiration for women of South Asia, particularly of their country. Keep up the good work you guys are doing. I am an online report writer and I would love to join your cause to help other women of the region.

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    May 01, 2016

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