by Katharine Daniels
Founder & Executive Editor, The WIP
- USA -
On March 8th, we will celebrate The WIP’s one year anniversary. In that time, The WIP has made its way into homes, offices, and Internet cafés in 146 countries. Whether you’re a reader in the USA, Indonesia, Nigeria, Argentina or South Korea – you’ve found us somehow. You’ve read our articles and joined our community. Through your commentary you’ve added your voices to the critical dialog that begins with a story. In just one short year The WIP has built a community of men and women from all over the globe.
On the pages of The WIP, readers and writers have built a meeting place where everyone is invited to listen to each others’ voices, histories, and insights. On these pages we’ve come to realize that issues such as the plight of vulnerable children, genocide, and rising food prices are not just the misfortune of somebody else. Looking past the headlines, we see clearly how national policies have international consequences. We’ve come to understand that we are all interconnected and through our stories we are educating ourselves. By responding to the women who write our stories, we let them know we are listening and together we are discovering fair, workable solutions to the problems we all face in our world today.
Together we are an opportunity.
We cannot ignore that our planet is in crisis. There are critical issues that we must confront -- whether it is the rise of religious extremism or the impact of global warming on nations around the world. If we cannot find effective solutions, these issues will become impossible to ignore and our lives will be painfully different. Our leaders have proven that one country cannot strong arm another into living in harmony with its neighbors. The bitterness of current wars and conflicts demonstrates that neither through mandates nor embargos can one nation force a solution to a global problem upon another. It has become all too obvious that democracy cannot be forced: it must be won in hearts and minds and led by example.
At The WIP we want peace. We share this response to conflict with most women around the world and support resolutions that are not at the expense of innocent lives. In seeking diplomatic solutions, what better representatives than readers and writers from the countries around the world whose fates are being negotiated on the foreign policy tables of those in power? What better contribution than to bring their stories to the world through their own voices? We believe the citizens of the world are very qualified to tackle the issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, and culture. The WIP gives those voices a platform.
New Community FeaturesToday The WIP is launching several new features within our online community. To post comments you must now sign-in. As a recognized user your comments will be posted directly onto The WIP - by you, without moderation from us. This feature will promote an improved flow of conversation and will allow some readers to continue their conversations while editors sleep!
Upon signing in you’ll have the opportunity to create a profile for the rest of us to know you better. You can include where you are from, a short bio, and even a picture of yourself. If you prefer anonymity, you can create an avatar and choose any picture or name you like.
As a member of The WIP community you can help us generate a well deserved buzz by recommending your favorite stories by The WIP Contributors and by the women whose stories are published in our Byline Portal.
And that’s not all! Every WIP community member will also be able to post blogs to The WIP Talk, a new forum where readers can have their say and where other members of The WIP community can offer comments.
Early on, one reader said in a comment that she wanted to “print out and carry” the article Chinese Legal System: Better Than You Think Regarding Human Rights with her “every time she began to feel like she couldn’t make a difference.”
“Each one of us has something to offer, to work for positive change in our communities, in our states, in our countries... I hope that as The WIP grows and its readership spreads, a community of women and men, young and old, may develop. An international community that wants to work together and create change. It seems clear to me that it's not the governments that are going to create international peace, stop environmental destruction, and develop a plan for healthcare and education for everyone, it's every day people like you and me. The WIP is a perfect forum for this discussion to begin.”
I couldn’t agree with this reader more.
How you can help
Find ten friends to join our community and really get this party started! Please help us accomplish what all of us know is possible: inspired dialog. Sign-in and join The WIP today, then tell your friends and your neighbors, tell your teachers and your students, tell your community to sign-in and join us.