At Women Connect4Good, our efforts are focused on furthering the cause of women’s empowerment and achieving gender equality. Our name says it, and our work proves it – WomenConnect4Good supports women. It’s about women (and their male allies) supporting women. Period. To do that, we support and promote the work of a number of different organizations, and our Founder and CEO, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, partners with exciting women leaders who are making change for all of us.
One such organization (with an exciting female leader) is World Pulse, an independent, women-led, global social network for change. CEO Jensine Larsen originally founded it as a print magazine, as digital media gained momentum, they quickly took World Pulse online. Jensine said, “While the mission remained the same, the impact multiplied. Today, tens of thousands of people around the world are united through our social platform and our members touch millions more as a result. As we develop new ways to elevate our online community it will only continue to grow. We are speaking a new world, and the world will hear us roar.”
Tens of thousands is right. With a decade of experience using the power of technology to grow women’s leadership across the globe, World Pulse currently has 80,000 network members, with 227 countries and territories represented, and 21,600,000 reported lives changed worldwide. Through their online platform, the organization has created a safe digital refuge where women unite to courageously tell their stories, share resources, start businesses, run for office, and launch movements. As Jensine says, “Together, we’re creating a world — both online and off — where all women thrive.”
World Pulse’s work is important. As a digital accelerator for emerging women leaders solving global challenge, the organization grows leaders, providing an accessible online leadership pathway and safe environment to accelerate women’s leadership growth and offline impact. They also amplify women’s voices to maximize power by crowdsourcing voices on timely issues and promoting them to advocacy partners, media, and global decision-making forums. In addition, they link movements and network women leaders and organizations across regions and topics to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing for greater collective impact. Ultimately, they recognize the importance of combining the power of women with the power of technology to speed up the pace of change.
Acknowledging that women are the key to solving all global problems – World Pulse members tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, and create new initiatives that impact their communities and create a more gender-equal world. Initiatives include new apps, education programs, advocacy campaigns, and tools to transform lives. To date members have launched 171 community initiatives, impacting a total of 1,251,782 lives.
In 2020, one of the most turbulent years in history, women’s resilience prevailed. As summed up on the World Pulse website, “Against a rising wave of authoritarianism, amidst a global pandemic, and facing a climate crisis, women wielded their power on the streets, at the ballot box, and on World Pulse – reminding us that our sisterhood was made for moments like this.” In their 2020 Global Impact Review, World Pulse reports that in their top seven regional impact areas – Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, Northern America, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and Europe – their impact included increased awareness of issues, improved relationships, changed community behavior, modified social norms, altered family behavior, increased access to resources, improved community health, and greater influence on law or policy. The top seven strategies used to affect that change in individual lives and communities included leadership visibility, education, organizational growth, collective action, community organizing, media, and donation to a cause.
The organization has drawn the attention of world leaders. Phumzile Miambo-Ngeuka, UN Women Executive Director says, “World Pulse’s work building digital empowerment at the grassroots level is a critical effort that will enable women to build community, unleash economic opportunity, and influence decision-making.” Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace says, “It is time we listen to the voices of World Pulse. It is time for women to use technology to band together, speak out, and heal the world. It is time for women to take the power.”
World Pulse is women helping women in action, and they are lifting women up and promoting and helping women achieve equity worldwide. As Dr. Nancy says, “put five women in a room and in just a few minutes, they will analyze the situation, figure out a solution and take the necessary steps to solve it.” World Pulse is proving that when you get women together, namely 80,000 women together online, you can not only solve the problem, you can change the world.
To learn more about World Pulse, to take part in the conversation, or to join us in supporting their mission go to https://impact.worldpulse.com today.