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Exciting Opportunity! Call for stories about being a girl in your community

“If you know where to look, there's a hidden world of girls — and the women they become. Their stories are everywhere, but they don't always get to tell them. There are stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities — of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail or changed the tide.
NPR and The Kitchen Sisters are looking for stories from around the world — from the middle of the city to the middle of nowhere.” —NPR, Hidden World of Girls

When World Pulse heard about National Public Radio’s (NPR) call for stories from around the world on the topic of the hidden world of girls, we immediately thought of the rich, authentic, and often gripping stories that emerge on PulseWire every day.

Because we are dedicated to broadcasting the unheard voices of women and girls around the world and helping your stories permeate into mainstream media, we are putting out a call for stories related to NPR’s program. We want to hear your stories about what it is like to be a girl in your community: What are the expectations that you face, or faced, as a girl in your community? How are girls treated? What barriers are girls overcoming in order to create change in their communities? We're looking for narratives that are personal, powerful, and that illustrate what it is like to live as a girl in your country. We’re also looking for stories about projects and organizations that are working to empower girls.

We’ll be publishing one of your stories on World Pulse's editorial page, and we’ll also be collecting your stories and submitting them to NPR for consideration for their program. While we cannot promise that NPR will choose any of your stories for inclusion on their program, we can guarantee that at least one of the most compelling stories submitted will be published on our site. The writer of the story that is published on our site will receive our standard writer’s honorarium.

Why Participate
We're dedicated to listening to and broadcasting the unheard voices and innovative solutions of women worldwide. By participating, you have a chance to have your story heard by women, men, and decision-makers who care about global issues. Your story has the potential to change the way we think about girlhood around the world.

How to Participate
Submit your story on PulseWire via your personal journal. We will be choosing the story that will be published on on May 3, 2010. In the tag field, enter the term Hidden World of Girls so that we know you're submitting the story in response to this call for submissions.

Help Us Spread the Word!
We're committed to hearing from as many women as possible. Please help us spread the word by passing this invitation along to women you know who would be interested in sharing their personal stories about girlhood.

You can direct people to the following URL:

Leave a comment on this post with your questions, and someone from the editorial team will respond as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.

Please remember that we cannot guarantee that your stories will be picked up by NPR; however, we can guarantee that at least one story will be published in a World Pulse media outlet. This is a fabulous opportunity to have your story heard by women and men, and to share on a topic that is far-reaching.

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