Meet the Community Champions who are mobilizing the World Pulse Community on issues of Gender-Based Violence, Environment, Technology & Innovation, Economic Empowerment, and Leadership.
When World Pulse launched our first two topic groups—Economic Empowerment and Leadership—at the beginning of the year, no one could predict the course these groups would take on six months later. The groups were launched with a loose structure and a broad mandate.It was the group members themselves who would develop the prioritiesand transform World Pulse Groups into living communities of action.
Community members naturally gravitate to others with shared interests and visions for the world, and World Pulse Groups were created to facilitate these connections. Groups strengthen thecamaraderie among grassroots leaders immersed in similar challenges across borders.
A new volunteer role of Community Champion was introduced in January to lead the groups and harness this collective energy. The first four Community Champions pioneered this increasingly community-led model on World Pulse. They found ways to collaborate over time zones, difficult Internet access, and a number of other obstacles.They piloted new engagement techniques. Theyshowed what is possible when women's solutions and perspectives are showcased instead of sidelined, when women have the opportunityto support each other as leaders.They proved that an individual is better equipped to create change on the ground when she has a global online community behind her.Now,as the six-month term of the first cohort of Community Champions wraps up, they are sharing their wisdom and passing the baton to the next group of leaders.
World Pulse recently launched three new topic groups in response to a community hunger for opportunities to collaborate on a deeper level.Gender-Based Violence, Environment, and Technology & Innovation groups now join Economic Empowerment and Leadership—all topics that have united the community through past campaigns or emerged strongly in online journal posts.Thirteen new community champions are already cooking up exciting plansfor the next six months, and they are inviting participation and collaboration to make these plans a reality.Greengirl, who facilitated the Leadership group as a Community Champion in the last round has volunteered to continue on as anadviserwith these groups as they evolve, especially in her passion area, the environment.
The Community Champion role is adapted to each leader's unique talents, experiences, and vision for the group. Collectively, Community Champions are prepared to moderate discussion, recruit and welcome new members, nurture and encourage emerging voices, facilitate connections, and unite women and allies around the world in action on some of the most potent challenges we face today.
"Nothing is as strong as sharing stories for change," says Nakinti, a Community Champion from Cameroon. She speaks as someone whose own stories about the practice of breast ironing in her country have drawn awareness and support from accross the globe.Each Community Champion has honed her vision and voice through World Pulse's Voices of Our Future training.
"A leadership role affords me the opportunity to serve the global online community that has sustained me on theground for four years," says libudsuroy, Community Champion in the Philippines.Several other World Pulse leaders echoed the sentiment, attributing their motivation for the role to the increased leadership and confidence gained through online connections on World Pulse, and the desire to give back to others.
It is an exciting time as a new set of leaders brings fresh energy to pressing topics on World Pulse.We invite you to get to know these leaders. Join a group, connect with the community champions, and share your ideas.
Introducing Our New Community Champions
Economic Empowerment Group
Bitani | Lebanon
Favorite words of wisdom:"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of asecond-rate version ofsomebody else."—Judy Garland
Busayo | Nigeria
How I would describe World Pulse to a friend: The World Pulse community is place where you can thrive, where you can discover your potentials and make good use of them.
I will know this group is successful when... We have a solid implementation of an idea learned through the group discussions and sharings.
Kashmir was flooded recently with theworst flood of the decade. We all havebeen very badly affected by it, but what is worse is thatit is partly our own creation.Climate Change is real for all of us whether we admitit or not. I want to work on environmental issues to findhow we can actually move things.
I'm looking forward to being a Community Champion because... Theplatform exposes me to not only the challengesfaced, but also to the thought
process of many, which can give an insight in finding a wayout of the challenges.
My inspiration:Our world pulse community—women who are motivated to bring the change.
Gender-Based Violence Group
Nakinti | Cameroon
My Leadership style is...VISIONARY. I love moving with people towards a vision.
My numberone priority is...To help women stand for their rights by identifying, preventing, and fleeing from situationsof gender-based violence.
Olutosin | Nigeria
How I would describe World Pulse to a friend:A community that acts like a mountain behind every sister.
My leadership style:I seek to embodythe ways of servant leadership.
Random fact: I will finally have my college diploma this year—after meandering for more than two decades!
My leadership style:I am a strong believer in participative leadership, where my role rests on thecollective mind of the group that I am leading.
I am looking forward to being a Community Champion because... As a peace-journalist, I am so excited to know other people and other realities. I am totally sure that Iwill learn more than I could teach. I am very excited to learn more about my own heart by listening to other hearts and cultures,dialoguing, searching for common grounds to make this planet a better place to live.
Technology & Innovation Group
Papua New Guinea
Random fact:I've started writing some children's stories with my children, which we hope to publish and sell. My daughter, aged, 9, is doing the illustrations.
Syrian Arab Republic
How my friends would describe me:Kind, patient and passionate about helping women discovering their inner voices.
My vision for change: Irealize how important it isto engage women in knowing their online rights, and in dealing withrisks related to the ubiquitous use of onlineplatforms. I would like to see growing awareness in this field, how to take and give safely.
Nilima | Nepal
Why online? With online mediayou can be heard from any part of the world, whether you are a great person living in a big city or aleader living in a small community in Nepal.