As an activist during the 2008 Presidential campaign with Women for Obama and the Women's Leadership Forum, I was drawn to WeN by it's fund-raising appeal to assure that women's voices and concerns were covered at the Democratic Convention in Denver. When I began visiting regularly the WeN website, I was astonished to see the extensive international coverage and now rely on it to stay informed.
WeN’s searing coverage of women in conflict zones is critical to exposing the breadth of problems, particularly sexual abuse as a weapon of war. It's ongoing spotlight on the Democratic Republic of the Congo resonates with me as I lived in DRC, then Zaire, where I traveled alone without concern for security to the eastern part of the country, now the epicenter of war and abuse in this mineral-rich country.
I have also participated in events organized by WeN, from film screenings to panel discussions and award presentations. An historic walk in lower Manhattan educated me about the dynamic women who fought the battle for equal rights just blocks from where I was educated and worked on Wall Street -- without a clue that I was surrounded by such supportive spirits.
I am a strong fan of WeN and wish that it did not have to expend so much energy in raising funds to operate. It is an important resource, performs a critical and needed service to keep women’s news in the forefront, and is deserving of wider support.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
...becoming more aware of the common daily struggles and the tools that women around the world are using to empower themselves.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
... expand linkages and outreach, perhaps on college campuses and among youth, so that WeN becomes the next generation’s "go to" website for women's perspectives on all issues.