Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 3, 2009
WORLD PULSE, a multi-media enterprise dedicated to covering global issues through the eyes of women, has released its latest photo-rich print magazine at a time when women's empowerment is beginning to take center stage.
A pioneering media force since its inception in 2004, WORLD PULSE Magazine features provocative visual essays and narratives, exploring the impact of political, economic and cultural forces upon millions of women across the globe while heralding their solutions and the dramatic effects of progress. The new edition is themed, "Women Transforming the Global Economy."
With the launch of the newest issue, WORLD PULSE Magazine is garnering a wider international audience by introducing a unique web 2.0 model for sourcing and distributing its content. The enterprise brings together women's voices from over 130 countries around the world through its interactive global women's newswire, called PulseWire, and publishes the most compelling stories. It is from this grassroots community, including women speaking out in rural villages, that the magazine takes its direction, and it is where emerging voices are discovered and broadcasted.
WORLD PULSE's reporting is particularly timely now that women's empowerment is widely regarded to be the key to solving global problems. According to The New York Times Magazine's August 23rd cover story "Why Women's Rights are the Cause of Our Time," the statistics on the abuse of girls and women are "numbing"; women and girls are customarily beaten, raped, sold in prostitution and denied the most basic of rights and care. Indian girls aged 1-5 are 50% more likely to die than boys, and, according to a U.N report, in Asia alone, "about one million children working in the sex trade are held in conditions indistinguishable from slavery."
Yet, the most modest of triumphs, a micro-loan to a female entrepreneur or the purchase of uniforms to keep young girls in school, can have profound consequence extending well beyond villages and tiny communities. Larry Summers, the World Bank's former chief economist says, "women are the key to ending hunger in Africa." Goldman Sachs concluded in a 2008 research report that "education for girls will greatly improve economic conditions for the poorest countries." Policy makers, foundations and private donors are responding by increasing funding for micro-financing and more accessible education and healthcare.
"It's a simple concept whose time has finally arrived," writes Cathy Garrard in "Girl Revolution," whose story in WORLD PULSE's current issue explores why girls are increasingly viewed as powerful agents to break the cycle of poverty.
The current issue also spotlights economic solutions by women thought leaders. These include Riane Eisler, author of "The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics" and Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund. Alongside them is Fatima Bhutto, 27 year old niece of the late Benazir Bhutto. In her article,"My Country of Horror and Possibility," she shares her vision for a corruption-free Pakistan. Also featured is Lydia Cacho, a celebrated Mexican investigative journalist, who writes fiercely about persevering in her work despite continuous threats on her life.
The next print edition, themed "Earth" will feature women leaders who are restoring ecosystems and implementing innovative sustainability models. It will also feature on the ground stories from women citizen journalists in environmental hot spots.
ABOUT WORLD PULSE:
World Pulse is a multi-media enterprise covering global issues through the eyes of women and featuring their solutions. Our properties include World Pulse Magazine as well as PulseWire, an interactive global women's newswire where women worldwide, including those from rural villages, can share their voices and connect to solve international problems. Visit us at http://www.worldpulse.com or at your independent bookstore or local Barnes & Noble for a copy of the magazine.