I posted these comments for the final writing assignment in a MOOC course - HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD (Wesleyan University):
UNDERESTIMATING THE CAPACITY OF GIRLS AND WOMEN
A) One of the many internet platforms that is helping women exercise their voices in the world today is called "World Pulse - http://worldpulse.com/ " For almost 3 decades I have been involved in global development, seeing many examples of the problems faced by lack of access.
Promoting the work of women around the globe, helping them rise up to get involved in their communities, through the use of digital media, World Pulse is a platform that is very powerful. It is premised on the idea that 'when women are heard, they will change the world'. The organization helps train citizen journalist who are able to share their stories and create real impact.
Helping to ensure the internet and cell phone technology is able to reach every corner of this earth is an important step that needs to be agreed upon, AND implemented. It is within our power to achieve this goal. But having the technology is not enough, especially in areas that suffer from lack of public education. Indeed that is where the use of the internet and cell phone platforms can be utilized to give a helping hand up to those seeking to better themselves and the lives of their families.
Joining a 'Digital Action Campaign' is clearly a pre-cursor for action to happen, to be able to share your voice and collaborate with women change leaders in over 190 countries. In the December 2013 edition of its emagazine aptly titled, 'Creating the World We Want to See are some ideas about how to get involved 'http://worldpulse.com/magazine/editions
B) The Clinton Foundation recently launched an important partnership with the Gates Foundation to advance the work of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlaDCDT6Cwg&utm_source=022514noceilings1&... Chelsea and Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates speak about the best ways to accelerate the inclusion of women and girls throughout the world in all aspects of the social, political, economic, and cultural life of their communities and their countries on this short video.
Chelesa Clinton recently wrote, "To understand how to continue advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls around the world, we must take a close look at how far we have come, including in the United States. ... A vital part of doing this work is through data. In order to erase the gender gap and advance the status of women and girls, women and girls must be counted and progress must be assessed. Data not only measures progress—it inspires it".
The bottom line for all participants in this course to understand is that we ALL have a role we can play to make the world a better place. As Malala Yousafzai urged in her speech before the United Nations [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh_30C8l6Y ], "I speak not for myself, but for those without voice can be heard..."