Dear Correspondents -

In exciting news we have made an announcement today to our community to introduce you. The VOF Team and I have created very short bios and selected quotes from your work in an effort to show the world your unique voice and passion. This was very difficult to do in 75 words each!! Please let us know if there is anything inaccurate about your bio. We want it to represent YOU.

You can read the announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/ne3byl

You can read your bios here: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/world-pulse-voices-of-our-future

We are so proud!!

Also, I wanted to say a word about your upcoming assignment. The Frontline Journal is by far my favorite format for a story. I'm jumping up and down to read yours. So many people in the world have no idea what it is like in your country or what it would be like to stand in your shoes. This is your chance to show the importance of the urgent issues and situation in your community, nation or region THROUGH YOUR EYES. Imagine if you were having tea with someone who lives half a world away and you are describing to them what your life and country is like, what is important to you, what you have seen, and what you think is the way forward. You may not have riots in your street or gunfire --- but even a new law, a shop closing down, a local controversy or something that happened to your neighbor or family member -- this is breaking news in your life. You get to define breaking news. Paint a picture using the most vivid details you can -- so that the world can step in your shoes and understand the issues surrounding you.

Good luck! Jensine

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"Even in the midst of violent protests and frequent searches by guards, Nusrat draws courage and strength from the women who have been left widowed or childless, yet continue to fight for their communities. "

In this sentence of my bio I am not comfortable with the widowed or childless part. I think I haven't either seen much or worked for them either, So think it to be unfair.

How about this.

Even in the midst of violent protests and frequent searches by guards, Nusrat draws courage and strength from the women who face hardships, yet continue to fight for their communities.

Nusrat

Thanks Nustrat - I appreciate it, we'll get it changed right away. Apologies for the misinterpretation, which i think was drawn from your most fantastic essay of Kashmir's mother of the disappeared. Thanks for addressing this quickly so we can. With great respect, jensine

Jensine Larsen World Pulse

Ayeko Jensine and your team, i am really impressed and was excited seeing the good work done. It is alot of hardwork capturing bios of all of us.

I have made some corrections. Here you are:

Children,Youth and Women’s rights advocate Gifty releases through media waves messages of strength, independence, and development. She loves to paint with words and capture the sounds of society around her. When she provides media trainings to youth her heart bulges with pride as she hears future life-givers, ministers, presidents, and change agents speaking their deepest thoughts, or “adwen,” aloud.

“Being a correspondent is a sacred opportunity to increase the volume of the silent yet loud voices of my sisters in every corner of Ghana.”

Love, Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab Founder Greight Foundation www.greightfoundation.org

I made a slight to change to what you have above:

Children, Youth and Women’s rights advocate Gifty releases messages of strength, independence, and development through all forms of media. She loves to paint with words and capture the sounds of society around her. When she provides media trainings to youth her heart bulges with pride as she hears future life-givers, ministers, presidents, and change agents speaking their deepest thoughts, or “adwen,” aloud.

Let me know what you think!

Jennifer Ruwart Chief Collaborator JR Collaborations

Hi Jensine,

Welldone, it is a great job you are doing. Please kindly correct the first line, it is ...............in a society that DISDAINS ........

THANKS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Dear Fellow-Correspondents,

I was reading through all of our selected quotes and bios, and I have to say: Wow!

Some of your quotes gave me goosebumps....thanks for the selection of such gripping quotes!

Arda

Hi Jensine...

Such a special feeling....i feel thrilled...thank you sooo much for all this....i am sure each of the lady out here is proud to be what she is...because I AM!

Lots of love Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Thanks Jensine, I emailed Jennifer and Janice with my changes but I'll add them here too, I wasn't sure who to reply to!!

On my bio, which is amazing by the way!! - it reads "she says she is guided by the spirit of Camelot." I didn't actually say that, but I did use Camelot as a metaphor in one of my assignments. Perhaps that line could be changed slightly to read something like. "Inspired by the spirit of Camelot or inspired by the unifying spirit of Camelot..."

Cheers! Tina

Hi Jensine,

Thanks for the nice page. I do not feel very comfortable with the the line 'As a single mother with two small children she sold cakes and typed to put herself through night college', because it is not very accurate.

Would you change it for:

'Raising two children by herself after divorce, she decided that life would not defeat her and studied night college, paying for it by working as a translator and secretary, as well as building up her first economic initiative to provide pastry to restaurants, and employing three other women in her same situation'

Thanks for changing it!

Warm hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

Hi,

It is good. However, please remove: ....hoping one day to record an album about the women of Africa and their troubles.

This is a long term plan.So let's leave it out.

...since rape began to spike in Kenya seven years ago. Please remove seven years ago. This is because Rape started catching the eyes of journalists then. So, the period has seen rape and abuse reported more than before. Not necessarily an increase in the vice.

Also, when i was younger, I sang in church concerts, not a band. Today, I am part of a band.

Maybe you can also add that I am the first child of 5 siblings.

thanks...

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua ICS- Africa

As the first child of five siblings Stella sang praises in her Kenyan church. Today, she is just as passionate about lifting women out of destitute situations as she is about music, hoping one day to record an album about the women of Africa. Since media brought rape and sexual violence to the forefront of public awareness in Kenya seven years ago, Stella has devoted her life to encouraging women who have suffered abuse to speak out and reclaim their lives.

I left the second line in, but softened it. What do you think?

Jennifer Ruwart Chief Collaborator JR Collaborations

thanks so much for the bios which are filled with strength, visions and hope. The People I work with who are HIV face discrimination. It should read, I work with HIV postive people who are faced with stigma and discriminition.

thank you for the good work, Dando.