World Pulse Goes LIVE! Brings International Grassroots Women Leaders From the Web to the Stage for Advancement of Women’s Digital Empowerment

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The World Pulse movement to empower women worldwide through digital technology grows as the organization stages 4th annual #WorldPulseLIVE events in New York, Portland, San Francisco, attends global forums to discuss solutions for accelerating change

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World Pulse goes LIVE! Brings international grassroots women leaders from the web to the stage for advancement of women’s digital empowerment

For disenfranchised women worldwide, the World Pulse website offers the sanctuary of a supportive community, introduction of their voices to major decision-making forums, access to resources and opportunities.

Portland-based World Pulse is the only online platform for grassroots communities of women to mobilize around issues that matter to them and their communities—cross-borders, cross-languages, cross-religions, cross-cultural. Next week the organization brings its powerful voices from the web to audiences LIVE in New York, Portland, and San Francisco during the 4th annual World Pulse LIVE series of events.

In an effort to ensure that women globally are not further excluded from the benefits that come from being digitally connected in today’s world, the organization has already linked tens of thousands of women and allies from more than 190 countries. Using World Pulse as their platform, women everywhere are accessing information, networking, finding jobs, and even running for office.

Next week World Pulse introduces just some of these inspiring women to US audiences and powerful decision-making forums to create awareness for the organization’s digital movement and to invite audiences to join the World Pulse network. The events, which launch in New York, feature three of the World Pulse network change-agents, Jampa (Tibet), Olanike(Nigeria), and Ynanna (New York), alongside World Pulse founder and CEO Jensine Larsen.

In addition to participating in Experience the Pulse LIVE: Leading the Digital Revolution events in all three cities, the women will present at prestigious forums like the UN’s Social Good Summit(#2030Now), a two-day conference examining the impact of technology on social good initiatives around the world, where they will be interviewed on stage by Megan Smith, vice president, Google. They will also attend the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (#CGI2014) and lead a workshop on digital inclusion at both Twitter and Intel (among many others) in San Francisco to share their personal stories of how digital technology has changed their lives and helped create solutions to their communities’ most pressing issues.

“We in the global north take for granted the incredible opportunities the Internet provides to us every day—the networking, the access to information and education, job searches and healthcare solutions among scores of other things that help us better ourselves and the lives of others. But there are millions of women around the world who wish for change to come faster but don’t realize that the Internet is a powerful tool to accelerate their well-being and their work,” says Chelsea Maricle, World Pulse Marketing and Events Manager. “World Pulse created an online space that gives voice to women who have something to say, issues to address and information to access. We invite everyone who wants to make a difference globally—no matter who you are or where you are from—to connect to our network.”

US Audiences Can Join the World Pulse Movement
“We hear from people who are frustrated just seeing pictures of starving children in Africa and unrest and turmoil around the globe. They want to know what they can do to help, how they can engage and make a difference. World Pulse offers that opportunity,” says Larsen.

Even New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, co-author of Half the Sky recommends joining World Pulse as one of the top four things you can do in ten minutes to support women globally.

“For disenfranchised women worldwide, the World Pulse website offers the sanctuary of a supportive community, introduction of their voices to major decision-making forums, access to resources and opportunities, and training to equip them with the digital skills to build movements for change,” says Maricle.

Meet three of the World Pulse network’s inspiring grassroots community leaders

Meet Jampa: “I want to inspire all women and girls to dare to use the creative power of their minds,” says Jampa. She is committed to giving voice to the invisible women of Tibet and empowering girls to pursue their dreams. Jampa is a native of a small Tibetan village and the first resident there to attend a university. She is a poet and rising community leader and has improved the lives of hundreds through small solar and literacy development projects.

Meet Olanike: Olanike Olugboji is passionate about the environment. She has seen her beautiful and resource-abundant country of Nigeria exploited and in response has mobilized grassroots women to take charge. Olanike believes the only way to ensure the environmental security of Nigeria is by giving equal voice to women. “Together, woman can bridge the gender divide in the environmental sector,” says Olanike.

Meet Ynanna: Ynanna Djehuty was born and raised in the Bronx and is of Afro-Dominicana descent. As a writer and midwife, she is in the perfect position to raise awareness about maternal and infant health for women in the United States, the country with the worst maternal death rate among industrialized nations. Ynanna is dedicated to radically changing the conditions under which women of color are giving birth in the US healthcare system. Ynanna states, “Birthing is not just a women’s issue—it is a human rights issue.”

World Pulse Live 2014 Schedule
The three women including Larsen will present and converse with audiences at events in New York City (September 21 to 24), Portland, Oregon (September 25 to 29), and San Francisco (September 30 to October 3). For more information on all of the #WorldPulseLive events including how to attend visit http://www.worldpulse.com/live2014.

About World Pulse
World Pulse is the leading network using the power of digital communication to connect women worldwide and bring them a global voice. Its mission is to lift and unite women’s voices to accelerate their impact for the world. Through a growing web-based platform, women and their allies from more than 190 countries are speaking out and connecting to create solutions from the front lines of today’s most pressing issues. With a focus on grassroots women change leaders, World Pulse programs nurture community, provide digital empowerment training, and channel rising voices to influential forums.

For more information, contact Chelsea Maricle, World Pulse, 360-870-3435 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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