As Voices of Our Future begins its second week of application, it has been a humbling experience to log onto PulseWire each day and witness the surging tidal wave of voices pouring into the community from all corners of the world - some voices new to PulseWire and some which we've been blessed to know over time - voices rumbling up from the ground with new found excitement for web 2.0, voices sharing both painful and joyful life experiences, voices offering new solutions for change, and voices demonstrating an unshakable support for new-found sisters worldwide.

YOU are World Pulse and YOU are the voices of our future - regardless of this application's end result. Our community will only continue to grow stronger and this tidal wave will build as we become an unstoppable force for global change.

Part of our growth as a community and as an organization is to share your stories with the world - to elevate women's voices and accelerate change. World Pulse is gearing up to produce a video that demonstrates what's possible when women have a platform to speak for ourselves. Our video team wants to hear from you - our community - on which stories and voices have moved you the most. Which journal brought tears to eyes and shook you to your core? What story moved you to action or turned your former notion of an issue on its head? Which voice drew you into this community and left you craving for more?

Share with us your favorite PulseWire journals and tell us why they had such an affect on you. Tell us what makes this voice so special and truly representative of women speaking for themselves. I'd like to start by sharing with you some of my favorite journals that over the past two years have made a permanent imprint on my soul.

The first story that hooked me into this community and whose voice leaped off the page and into my consciousness, a woman who taught me what empowerment means - is Tabby from Kenya and her journal, "HIV+ a blessing in disguise". From Nusrat Ara of Kashmir's journal, "My Diary," I learned what it meant to live in a region of constant terror and conflict. And from Araceli's journal, "The Ripples of the Pulse," I felt the power of possibility. And there are many more journals that have impacted me deeply... these are just some of my favorites.

If you have a favorite PulseWire story, journal, connection, or voice that inspired you, please share it with us! Write your favorites below as a comment, and if you can find the link, include that too! If you can't find the link, describe the member and journal best you can and we'll find it.

Which story made an impact on you?

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Dear Everly,

Thank you so much for sharing your favorite voice from the PulseWire community! I too have been deeply moved by Vivian's journals, as well as her interaction and support of other community members. I will pass Vivian's profile and journals along to our video team.

And I want you to know too that World Pulse founder Jensine Larsen mentioned that you Everly Rose, are one of her favorite new voices in the community.

In friendship and gratitude, Jade

Dear Jade,

On opening this page to response to the post, i saw that my lovely friend everlyrose has picked my journal as her favourite. Am happy. Thanks to all of you.

For me the story that interest me is that of Rudzanimbilu from south Africa...... am happy so have gotten her voice back



''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Dearest Vivian,

Yes, its true - you stand out as a powerful new voice in our community! And I am happy to hear that Rudzanimbilu's voice struck you, because I felt the same way. Her honesty humbles me and I think that when she awoke to her own inner fire, reading her words awakened something in me as well.

I will pass her journal along to our video team as well. Thank you so much for sharing your favorite voice with us!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade

Dearest Mia,

Thank you for your honesty. I completely agree - each and every voice in our community has value, has power, and it's the collective voice that is so memorable. But are there any journals that you just can't shake from your mind?

You have emerged as a true leader and active voice in this community - as it's through your supportive dialogue that many women are feeling empowered to speak out.

In friendship, Jade

Hey Jade:

I think a journal from Mei Li: "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" affects me most. Though I haven't finished it yet, but the title is intriguing. I do like the title.

Previous months ago when ILGA was being held in my hometown, the event was canceled immediately because of the attack of a group of fundamentalist Islam. No one was injured, but most of them were psychologically shocked. That was horrible because among of the participants are Muslim (well, it's weird to see a Muslim attack a Muslim), and some of the participants are not homosexual. I have two female friends who are not lesbian, and they were so terrified.

Shortly, everything was then under-control, and all the participants were rescued.

I didn't participate in the event, but to listen to my friends' story (and accompanied them to get their belongings at the hotel), I could feel how horrible it was. Even, to get a taxi to my home, they still had to make sure nobody followed us. They were concerned on my safety also (not only them).

I know it is hard to be not heterosexual. In simple way, me, a heterosexual, I can easily express my affection to my partner, but my gay friends, my lesbian friends, my transgender friends... it's another challenge for them.

Cheers: Mia

I read about what happened to some TB patients who defaulted treatment. To say the truth it makes me not happy it makes me angry. I have worked with the community or within the community. What I have found is that if our health care providers do proper advocacy, communication and social mobilization the infected and affected will assist the health care providers in following the correct procedures and real taking care of what they have been taught so that they can adhere to treatment and also they take care to assist each other. We are real lagging behind into taking our tasks and implementing them. I am sayng this because in just a few years past thats the 70s people affected with TB considered and followed the required measure laid down by the health care providers and the community assisted in whatever form was required. Also health care providers were serious in impplementing the procuderes such as follow-up on patients and contacts including defaulters. This contributed much in eradicting the disease. And there was a lot of information and education awareness to the public in that most of the communities did know about the disease and what to do when they suspect to be affected. Thank you for making our voices heard. Regina

Regina Bhebhe

The story that inspired me the most of all the stories I have read is Sophie´s story "It wasn´t her". It is such a powerful story which shows how women become victims without doing anything wrong: The part which says that nobody would like to associate with a sexually abused woman makes me wanna scream out that it is not her fault. I don´t understand how it can be possible, instead of taking care of sexually abused women in these war societies they are at contrary left to their own destiny. I can relate to this story because of my background and I know how sexually abused women have been treated in post-war societies. Sophie gives a great description of one sexually abused woman and her traumas. There are sooooo many cases like this and the question is: What can we do?