Meet the new World Pulse Community Champions.
Topsie’s vision for prosperity is rooted in her determination to see women everywhere avoid the economic hardship she watched her mother endure in Nigeria. Aliya’s vision for empowered leadership is rooted in her own resilience growing up in a conflict zone in Kashmir. Victoria in Italy is rooted in the natural world around her, which inspires her to action.
These women join 16 other leaders as the newest cohort of World Pulse Community Champions. They will draw on their roots over the next six months as they mobilize World Pulse’s online community towards solutions to challenges shared by women around the world.
They are stepping up to lead World Pulse’s topic groups:Economic Empowerment, Environment, Gender-based Violence, Leadership, and Technology & Innovation. And they are ushering in the launch of World Pulse’s first regional group, which will bring together change leaders across Africa. They are building on the successesof the Champions who came before them. Five of them are returning Community Champions, eager to keep growing their impact.
These 19 leaders represent 19 different paths to leadership. They hail from 12 different countries. They have diverse skills, from group facilitation to written expression. While they will put their own unique stamp on their work, they are united by the belief that for our visions to become reality, we need each other. “Bringing women’s voices together binds us in sisterhood,” says Celine, one of the Champions for the new Africa group.
At World Pulse, this sisterhood is defined broadly. Though World Pulse groups are bursting with women’s ideas and creativity, women aren’t the only ones making important contributions. This year we welcome our first male Community Champion, Imran Inam, of Pakistan, who is excited to help lead the Economic Empowerment group.
Join these leaders as they co-create revolutionary online spaces where anyone can express herself, find resources and support, and find her own path to leadership.
Gender-based Violence Group
Tamarack Verrall | Canada
I most look forward to...conspiring with such strong and determined brilliant sisters.
My message for the World Pulse community… When in doubt, trust yourself profoundly and remember that you are not alone.
Sherna Alexander Benjamin | Trinidad and Tobago
I am most looking forward to…experiencing the changing of lives, networking, and forming lasting relationships.
My words of wisdom… Whenever the human rights of one is violated the human rights of all are in jeopardy.
Lidwine Ameh | Nigeria
I look forward to…opening a window of hope with my role as Community Champion.
My vision…is to create a balanced circle for a woman’s voice to be heard.
Busayo Obisakin | NigeriA | Returning Community Champion
My message to the World Pulse community… Come to the World Pulse community and you will be so surprised by how quickly you will move from a dreamer to an achiever.
Economic Empowerment Group
Jane Kalu Okereke | Nigeria
My vision for change is… mobilizing leaders to organize offline training for communities that do not have electricity and Internet services.
Imran Inam | Pakistan
I bring… experience working for the betterment of marginalized communities in Pakistan.
Words of wisdom I live by… Honesty and dedication always reward.
Topsie Olatilewa Egbetokun | Nigeria
I will know this group is successful when… there is high level of knowledge transfer, active engagement, membership growth, and there is a sense of an I can do it attitude.
My favorite quote… "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” —Steve Jobs
Victoria Vorosciuc | Moldova/Italy | Returning Champion
A quote that inspires me… “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” —Robert Swan.
My message for World Pulse members… From your village, city, continent, you can bring unique stories of how the environment impacts the life of your community and we all can share solutions, positive examples and learn from each other.
Nusrat Ara | Kashmir | Returning Community Champion
I will know this group is successful when... members report successful projects. This can be big or as small as making compost from kitchen waste.
Martha Elena Llano Serna | Colombia
Words of wisdom I live by… Peace is our natural heritage.
Soumya Vilekar | India
I am most looking forward to... bringing a mass revolution in the group and encouraging women to lead respectfully.
Aliya Bashir | Kashmir | Returning Community Champion
My message for World Pulse members... I was born in a conflict zone in Kashmir and the day to day uncertainty of peace and security has given me an insight: Through willpower and desire, one can strongly fight all the challenges and keep the windows of the heart open for light to pass in!
Grace Ikirimat | Uganda | Returning Community Champion
A quote that inspires me… “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher. It reminds me always that women have an urgent role to play in this world if we want a better world.
Technology & Innovation Group
Adanna Ononiwu | Nigeria
I bring to the Technology group... experience as a Project Manager, STEM Mentor and Community Listener on World Pulse. I will also use my IT skills to teach interested women.
Words of wisdom I live by...Your value is based on how you see and love yourself.
Shahd Hamid | Iraq/USA
When I want to do something I always ask myself… Do you want it? Did you try? Did you try enough?
You should know about me… I survived wars, I am hardcore, I fear nothing.
Coolasas | Philippines
I am most looking forward to… learning and giving something back.
Africa Group… coming soon!
Celine Osukwu | Nigeria
I’m most looking forward to… communicating with women from across borders very closely, even without meeting face to face. Bringing women’s voices together binds us in sisterhood.
Stella Ndugire-Mbugua | Kenya
I’m most looking forward to…mentoring and cheering on women of Africa to find home grown solutions to their own problems and issues. Positive indigenous solutions by Africa, for Africa are more sustainable.
I am blessed... with a great voice! Singing in a local church band keeps me joyful, grateful and more so calm in the midst of insurmountable hurdles in the journey that is life.
Marie-Claire N Kuja | Cameroon/USA
I am most looking forward to… sharing my knowledge as an anti-bullying advocate. Together we can build a bully-free world for us, our children, and the generation to come.
I’ve been called… Cameroon’s Maya Angelou! I am an author and speaker and I use my voice as a gift towards the empowerment of women and girls.
Dive Deeper: We invite you to join these leaders and take part in theEconomic Empowerment,Environment,Gender-based Violence,Leadership, andTechnology & Innovationgroups. And stay tuned for the Africa Group!