In 2012, you—our global community—ignited the flame and guided our every move as we completed our evolution to a full-fledged action media network. This year we doubled down on our commitment to lift and unite grassroots voices and we piloted new initiatives to reach deeper into the heart of rising women’s leadership movements. Whether you are new to World Pulse, or have supported our vision from the beginning, we celebrate some of this year’s major wins with you!
Together, we’re uniting change leaders from 190 countries
This is what a vocal uprising looks like! This year our website traffic more than doubled. Grassroots leaders from all over the world made hundreds of thousands of individual connections on our platform: building friendships and alliances, exchanging resources and ideas, and supporting one another’s leadership.
We were also reminded what makes this community so special: 60% of members who responded to our most recent survey reported being inspired to take action to create change in their communities.
Together, we are nurturing grassroots movements that will change our world
Seeding peace in the Congo
"As the women of Liberia stood together and made their wishes known before their government and the world, so are the women of Congo and the world standing together, making our wishes known”
- Neema Namadamu
With the support of World Pulse sisters from across the globe, a group of women crowded around a handful of computers in Eastern Congo has grown into a major peace movement, garnering worldwide attention and the endorsement of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Led by World Pulse correspondent Neema Namadamu, the Maman Shujaa or “Hero Women” of the Congo are taking their destiny into their own hands. These women living in the conflict-devastated region of South Kivu—many of whom have never before had an email account—are now using technology to connect directly with global supporters, and spread their urgent visions for peace.
With your help, the Hero Women of the Congo are poised to make history.
- They launched a Change.org petition imploring the women of the White House to appoint a US special envoy in the region. In the first two weeks, they blew past their original goal of 5,000 signatures to over 12,000 and counting.
- They are currently developing a National Action Plan for peace.
- They are working on scaling up their Internet cafe into a regional communications network to spread access and empowerment throughout Eastern DRC and beyond.
Ending breast ironing in Cameroon
Last year, Chi Yvonne Leina’s reporting on World Pulse drew international attention to breast ironing, a hidden, widespread practice endangering adolescent girls in Leina’s home country of Cameroon.
With your encouragement, Leina’s dream of ending breast ironing is in sight. She has trained dozens of community educators who have now reached over 10,000 women who have disavowed the practice. This means upwards of 10,000 young girls will avoid having their bodies tortured and suppressed. And with each new trainer, this number is growing exponentially.
Spreading a global digital revolution
Logging onto World Pulse from challenging, low-bandwidth environments, women are overcoming physical, economic, and cultural barriers to access technology. And once connected, they are bringing their sisters along with them.
Together, we’re influencing global decisionmakers
This year, we launched two digital action campaigns with the belief that women hold the key to solutions for transforming their communities.
In May, we brought your on-the-ground recommendations to world leaders at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. This month we wrapped up our Ending Violence Against Women Campaign, our largest yet with 655 written testimonies from all over the world, videos, and a mobile survey in the Congo. We heard the urgency in your voices on this issue and we are preparing to bring your stories to the African Union Summit in January and the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March.
Together, we’re amplifying women’s voices
Each year we train 30 correspondents in new media, citizen journalism, and empowerment. But the impact doesn’t stop there. At the end of the program each correspondent shares her newly acquired skills with at least five women in her community. Over the last three years our 90 trained citizen journalists have gone on to train an additional 1,200 women and men how to use new media to tap into the power of their own voice, demonstrating a powerful multiplier effect.
In September, we introduced you to three of our correspondents, Neema, Stella, and Hummingbird, during the four-city World Pulse LIVE tour. In front of live audiences, major media, and key global forums, they voiced the collective hopes of women in the Congo, India, Syria, and the entire global World Pulse community.
Together, we’re rewriting the headlines
In a year when much of global news media has recycled the same hopeless stories of intractable conflict, and the repeated failures of global summits and climate deals, we saw grassroots women leaders rising up with their own headlines. Women as Decision Makers. Halting the Beasts of Syria. Congo’s Rainforest: Demanding to Be Valued. African Women on Fire! Acting Together to Fight Tuberculosis. Creating a Healthier Future for Our Youth.
This year, we introduced new content partnerships with Reuters’ TrustLaw, CNN iReport, and the Huffington Post, with more to come. We are steadily gearing up for a world where women’s resilience and leadership dominate the headlines.
2013: Looking ahead
World Pulse isn’t just an organization. We are a network of hundreds of volunteers, thousands of members, tens of thousands of engaged global citizens, and a coalition of partner organizations united in action.
This is your movement. You are standing up to injustice in your communities. You are raising your voices towards solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. You are supporting your sisters across the globe to lead change. Your support is already changing the paradigm.
We are listening. We welcome your ideas and feedback through comments here or through email at email@example.com. Together, we can make 2013 a tipping point for women’s leadership worldwide.