Have you ever wondered how World Pulse sources our stories? Increasingly we are relying on an incredibly talented pool of up-and-coming citizen journalists from around the world. Have you read Halima’s article on Female Genital Mutilation? How about Dando’s account of the water crisis in Zambia? Halima and Dando, along with 28 other women from 21 countries, took part in World Pulse’s inaugural Voices of Our Future (VOF) program, where they received training on web 2.0 and citizen journalism. These 30 amazing women are now sharing their stories and speaking up for their communities on a global platform. We are now launching the second annual year of Voices of Our Future. To apply for our program, visit Voices of Our Future Applicants Group before September 14th! 30 women will be selected to join the full, five-month online training program this fall. You can support these women by donating directly to the program through Global Giving.
We hope you will consider helping a woman achieve her dream of bringing her story and her solutions to a global audience. Ninety percent of VOF trainees in 2009 live in developing nations and conflict zones, where internet access and computer ownership are rare. They often overcame significant barriers to participate in the program. Just 50 dollars helps provide a technology stipend for a woman in a remote village.