All I truly want in this world is to leave it a better place. This is why The Women’s Worldwide Web is such an important part of who I am and what I do. One of the most powerful aspects is the way in which we aspire to harness our collaborative edge so that everyone who is part of our community can play a part in the virtuous cycle of weaving the women’s web.
One very touching and tangible way this manifested was through my 42nd birthday in 2012. Very much in the spirit of our collaborative edge, we sparked a virtuous cycle by connected W4, poetry and social marketing. I came up with ‘Births for my Birthday,’ a crowdfunding online-off line event to sponsor safe births through W4 Field Partner Birthing Project USA! What could be more poetic, activist and virtuous than ushering in safe births for both mothers and babies who would otherwise be at risk? By connecting my poetry family at The louderARTS Project with my social justice family at W4 and harnessing the connectivity of Facebook, I succeeded in partying like I have never done before. I matched the funds generated, and W4 matched the total matched funds! The results are amazing: 500 safe birth kits, that’s 500 louderBABIES!
There are endless ways, all inspiring and empowering that we can all weave the women's web, and it is our hope to form a collective of change-agents who propel the virtuous cycle.
Bringing people together from all around the world, from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures and income levels, The Women's WorldWide Web (W4) is uniquely powerful in its capacity to generate change--REAL, SUSTAINABLE CHANGE. I'm proud to play any part I can in this endeavour to help the girls and women of the world to help themselves and their families. From the less glittery streets of New York City to the cemetery-slums of the Philippines or the most remote villages in Africa (where it can take several days to walk to the nearest hospital), W4 is working--through field partners and volunteers and donors/lenders--to make the world a safer, fairer place for everyone. I love the reach of this organization, on every axis, as it allows people to come together from anywhere and everywhere to have a hand in shaping the future of our world. For more specific details about W4's life-changing work and to discover what you can do to be a part of this commitment to making a fairer, more sharing world, please feel welcome to visit The Women's WorldWide Web on Facebook or at www.w4.org.
I first started working on W4's web platform 4 years ago with my classmates Lindsey and Isabelle. Little did I know though the extent to which it would grow and effectively affect women's and girl's lives throuhout the world. This comes through to me as reminder that with tenacity, dedication and passion for a higher cause, anything is possible. Today I am very proud to belong to this wonderfull organizartion.