Over the years, World Pulse has witnessed the leadership and strength of our community of grassroots leaders grow. Women across the world—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—have vocalized their readiness to bring forward solutions and represent their communities in both international media coverage and at the highest levels of decision-making. We know that grassroots women leaders hold the key to solutions for transforming their communities. Yet, grassroots women’s voices are continually excluded at the negotiating and drafting tables where policies are made.
Over the past two years World Pulse has organized small-scale campaigns, partnering with advocacy organizations like the Gender Equality Architecture Reform Campaign (GEAR), Access Now, the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), and Women Thrive Worldwide, to facilitate opportunities for our community to advise the new UN Women agency on its strategy, Silicon Valley executives on increasing women’s access to the Internet, and world leaders at the Rio+20 ‘Earth Summit’ on ensuring gender inclusive outcomes.
These campaigns have produced two primary benefits:
- Increased effectiveness for advocacy work reported by our partners who have enriched their quantitative data with the powerful narrative from our community of grassroots women leaders. Our campaigns have motivated UN leaders to visit refugee camps and send out urgent alerts, drawn the attention of media, politicians and celebrities, and helped move forward important legislation and policies.
- Increased individual empowerment through new opportunities for grassroots women to be heard at global forums and represent their communities as vocal leaders. Women who participate frequently report newfound self-confidence and leadership, as well as new relationships, opportunities, and mentors through interacting with the online community and World Pulse partners. They also gain social media skills and broadened knowledge of the issue through the content generated by the campaign.
This year World Pulse is making digital action campaigns an important strategic priority. We are excited to announce that on Thursday, September 6, we will transition our Action Center to a hub for these campaigns and launch a new digital action campaign on ending violence against women.
Stayed tuned to find out how you can get involved and have your testimony, solutions, and visions channeled to the halls of power.