Launching Voices of Our Future Training Program 2013

“This program has confirmed what I already know. Women need to speak out—or shout out—because we do have so much to say. We just need to give ourselves a chance. VOF has allowed me to give myself that chance.” - Noreens, 2012 VOF Correspondent, Palestine

At World Pulse, we believe that when women are heard, they will change the world. On April 2, we are launching the fourth annual year of Voices of Our Future, our online training program in citizen journalism and digital empowerment that gives a new generation of emerging leaders the skills and knowledge they need to actualize and vocalize their visions for themselves, their communities and the world.

During the month-long application process, women from around the world receive learning materials via our online classroom introducing them to the frontiers of new media and women’s empowerment. We ask them to complete four short writing assignments, which are evaluated by our volunteer Listeners and staff. We then invite 30 of those women to join our six month training program starting in June.

“Being connected to this amazing and dynamic group of women, World Pulse staff, mentor and editor, gave me a new sense of purpose, direction and drive.” - Marinieves Alba, 2012 VOF Correspondent, United States

Benefits of the full program include:

  • New media and citizen journalism training by renowned experts, including program partners The Global Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project
  • Personal mentoring sessions and support from a Vision Mentor
  • An Editorial Mentor to help hone your unique voice
  • Opportunities for publication through World Pulse and partner media organizations
  • Opportunities to connect with grassroots women leaders from around the globe
  • Increased visibility for issues and challenges faced by you and your community

In the last two years, over 1,700 women from 140 countries have applied. Join the growing wave of empowered voices across the globe!

“The great networking opportunity with women from across the world is unique and available only in VOF program which has helped me immensely, deepening my understanding of world affairs and status of women's issues across the world.” - Stella Paul, 2012 VOF Correspondent, India

The 90 women who have participated in the full training program have gone on to create immense change around the world, and have touched more than 2 million lives!

They have:

  • Delivered more than 100,000 signatures to the White House demanding appointment of a special envoy to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Started a campaign to end breast ironing in Cameroon, with 10,000 women signing a pact to stop the practice.
  • Been elected as youth representatives and congressional staff members for their communities.
  • Started their own training programs and organizations on disability rights, sexual and reproductive health, and mentoring for young women.
  • Created radio shows to address violence against women.
  • Been interviewed by CNN.
  • Spoken at the UN and been invited to key decision making conferences and forums around the world.

Visit the Voices of Our Future Application Group to apply.

Click on the orange “Join this Group” button. If you are not already a member of World Pulse, you will be directed to the registration page.

Make sure to sign up by April 2!

If you are interested in volunteering for the program, please check out our opportunities page.

Comment on this World Pulse News


Thanxs for this program that you offer us. we know that it is a special and a rare opportunity for us. Women have to speak out in order to change, first, there countries, after, all the world. I would like to participate to this training program and after that to lead other women of my country, all together hand in hand in order to change the the world. As a woman I can only say thank you.

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

How wonderful to be together in this work; it is great to be women in this time. The women around the world are so moved about the continual violence against women, and World pulse give us the opportunity to take hold of our future and determine a new direction for our world.

Women must know they have power, and must use the power of their voice through the World Pulse microphone.

Again welcome to our globe community for women and girls where there is no one who dare speak for us; we speak for ourselves.

See you online Neema

That's the great opportunity to us,as a grassroots women leader of Women With Vision I would like to participate in that training program to experience the different with other women in the world.As we know if you educate a woman the return come back to the community.

Please allow me to congratulate women across the globe for the good work they are doing for the community. If I fail to take part in this training program, I believe I will have failed my community. We need to take each person's hand and march into a future bright with hope for mankind, forever.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

How wonderful to know that all across the world people still stand together to fight for justice and achieve. Women since the beginning of time achieved great things let us remind the world of that.

nice program that you offer. we know that it is a special and a rare opportunity for us. Women have to speak out in order to change, first, there countries, after, all the world. I would like to participate to this training program and after that to lead other women of my country, all together hand in hand in order to change the the world. As a woman I can only say thank you.

this opportunity is a very good one at least we will speak our mind and try harder to make them understand the importance of woman especially in our community and after in the world so i will like to participate to this program just to make people understand my feeling and my point of view of this situation

Really i am so happy to heard for this opportunity.As a woman , as a community leader , we are getting a great point to raise our voice at global forum.


I'm new and always wish to be part of women's group. Need to know more of the experiences of women been abused and be part of their lives. Hope I coul attend a program, that I could listen the voice of the women speak out for a change. So glad to be part of you. Thank you.

je dit merci de cette opportunite.c'est une occasion tres capitale pour on dit souvant eduque une femme ce eduque toute la voudrais participe a cette programe de formation.merci


Salut Kika Sylvie,

je voulais m'assurer que tu parle l'anglais. Ce programme n'existe qu'en anglais pour le moment. Je sais ce n'est pas ideal mais tres bientot ce programme sera disponible en francais, mais pas cette annee. Je reste a ta disposition si tu as des questions. Merci Delphine

Delphine Criscenzo

A very exciting time of year! Welcome to the many new members of the World Pulse community. It's hard to believe that year four of Voices of Our Future is upon us. What is obvious is all the hard work and dedication that has been put into leveling the global playing-field of men and women. Yes, there is plenty more work to be done, and Voices of Our Future Correspondents create an awareness that serves as a starting point for action. Be it through testimonials, or through direct action with other grassroots women from around the world. Good luck and blessings to all!

Darren Bunton

Hello Darren,

What a wonderful message to wake up to on a Monday morning! Yes, we definitely need male allies and voice!

Warm Regards to you!!


Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager World Pulse

Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity you've presented before us, women. This is exactly what we needed. It's time women made their voices heard about the challenges they are facing on a daily bases in their homes and their communities. I am specially grateful because this gives me the opportunity I have been waiting for, to be the voice for young women in my community going through all kinds of violation on a daily bases and yet being blamed for it though the victims and the perpetrators moving free on the streets. Like other young women in my community I am short of some skills in reporting on these violations as well as best practices and need such a training and a global medium to share our story. I am especially thankful to you for this great initiative.

Best Regards to your team Passy

I participated in 2011 and it helped improved how I write and tell my stories. I would recommend it for anyone who is burning with a desire to speak out but does not know how best to channel it. I am sharing to everyone and encouraging them to apply.

Best regards, Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am really excited about it and, looking forward to it with excitement I pray I should be amongst those who will be selected. I will apply immediately


Hello Ngekmi,

I am excited to have you and I look forward to learning more about you and your experiences!

The application is right around the corner!


Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager World Pulse

I feel so honored and blessed to have been given this opportunity to connect with so many women and learn some amazing skills. Many at times we forget to thank those who give us these chances to explore, learn and develop as a network and as activists - in saying such, thank you Zoe & Delphine for sharing this amazing gift with us. I can't wait to work with you all! #2013EndSlavery #2013EndVAW #2013EndRape

this great opportunity, yes women are going to change world. step by step putting our efforts together. i feel like brbrbrbrbrbrbrbr this is really great

.One woman can start the change and that woman is you.Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to drive through the minds of women. The time for change is now. Adah Mbah

I couldn't agree with you more! It often just takes one to ignite the change.

Welcome to the applicant group!

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager World Pulse

Nous sommes très intéressé à participer à cette formation. Notre vision est de changer ce monde injuste et plein des violences de toutes formes. Une opportunité très capitale pour nous femmes de la République Démocratique du Congo, victimes d'une manière ou d'une autre.

Une occasion pour nous qui luttons pour le changement positif du monde de continuer à plaider la cause de cette femme que nous portons dans nos coeurs avec tant des souffrances

I know in my heart that this program has been well thought out and its going to have the full impact its meant to have. I thank immensely the initiator of this program and i know it will go a long way to equip those of us that are already working with the women in the grassroot and also open more avenues for us on other ways to reach our women which we may not have given a thought.

I also know that those who may have wanted to know on certain aspects of life to help and assist those who do not know will have the opportunity to do so.

thank you once again. am sure i have applied and have also joined as a member.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative

keep the light on

We are glad to have you! One of the fabulous people that started the program is now our Community Online Manager, manager Scott Beck. He is a great guy. You should connect with him and add him to your community on World Pulse.

I look forward to reading your assignments. April 2nd is almost here!

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager World Pulse

Grateful,the joining will make me change my life especially we women in northern Uganda who under went difficulties during the war for over 20yrs and will enable me share ideas and skills with other women out in the world. Thanks for considering me as a member of Voice of our future.

This process needs to be augmented at the global level in a persistent way. Girls/women who live in remote and hard to access regions of the world need this the most.

Best Regards, Mr Sanjay Dixit Mumbai, India

Sanjay R. Dixit

I'm so honored to become a part of this training

Hope to meet with other sisters from across the world and get to know about the issues women suffer in other countries Thank You!!

the initiators of this programme have done a wonderful job to unite women from the globe for liberation and freedom of the female race.i am happy be a member of this group,despite my late registration i belief that what i will learn from this group will enable me to reach out to my community women who are still under the slavery bond of female mutilation,child abuse, early marriage and teenage child bearing.this is indeed the era of voices of our future women to be heard through out the world.keep it up my dear Zoe,God bless you.