Introducing myself and my journal: Women's Empowerment

Posted November 20, 2009 from United States

About Me: Hi World Pulse community! I am the International Outreach Coordinator for the Independent Television Service (ITVS), based in San Francisco, CA. ITVS brings independently-produced, high-quality documentaries and new media programs to public broadcast for local, national and international audiences. ITVS was formed by historic mandate of Congress in 1991 to champion independently produced programs that take creative risks, spark public dialogue and serve underserved audiences.

ITVS Community is part of our outreach program at ITVS that I hope the World Pulse community can tap into and benefit from.

The link below leads you to details on our Community Classroom program, which builds cultural understanding, sparks discussion and fosters global citizenship through the power of documentary film. Available for FREE to educators and non-profit organizations, the video modules and standards-based lesson plans feature culturally significant topics that are a crucial part of education in today’s increasingly globalized world.

Women's Empowerment Resources: ITVS Community Classroom recently launched our Women's Empowerment resources, which include eight short form video modules that explore stories of women's leadership and empowerment in Bolivia, Egypt, Israel and Kenya. Like all of our Classroom resources, these video modules are accompanied by standards-based lesson plans and activities that are fantastic tools for educators as well as community organizations and NGOs working on international development, education, women's empowerment and human rights.

ITVS Community also produces monthly free film screening event through our Community Cinema program, which organizes film screenings in over 50 cities each month throughout the US. Please join us for an upcoming screening!

Links to all of our Community programs can be found at:

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  • Jade Frank
    Nov 20, 2009
    Nov 20, 2009

    Hi Kirstin,

    Welcome to PulseWire! We are thrilled to have you as a member in our community - a place where women from over 140 countries come together to share the news of what's happening in their own communities, a place where women can connect with each of similar issues to solve global problems, a place where women can find resources they need to empower themselves and their grassroots organizations, and most importantly - a place where women can speak for themselves and be heard!

    Your work is so powerful and innovative - I love the Community Classroom idea! I hope that PulseWire can serve as a platform for you to continue to share the great work that ITVS is doing and get more organizations and teachers involved with implementing the lessons in their own communities.

    Thanks for providing a link to the community programs and cinema screenings as well!

    Warm regards, Jade

  • kirstin_henninger
    Nov 20, 2009
    Nov 20, 2009

    Hi Jade, Thanks so much for your note. I will keep updating my journal and look forward to reading more from other PulseWire memeber.

    Have a great weekend, Kirstin

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Nov 21, 2009
    Nov 21, 2009

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Michelle Elmquist
    Nov 23, 2009
    Nov 23, 2009

    Hi Kirstin,

    I'm so glad you found our community! All of your activities sound so inspiring and I know many of us on PulseWire would love to hear more about your work. You will find a lot of support here. Let me know if you have any questions about the community and I will help to get you started. I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire!

    Be well, Michelle