I’ve written a few posts as a World Voice Contributor to World Moms Blog since I joined the volunteer writing team in 2014, not long after attending the #AYASummit. I had known several of the World Moms from the social good blogging world and was elated when Jennifer Burden asked me to join the site. They are an amazing group of women. And though we are scattered around the globe, we still communicate with each other through social media, in person (when we can) and even meditate together via video.
The website is growing into something much more than just a blog. I thought it would be fun to look back on a Philanthropy Friday that featured the story behind the launch of World Moms Blog. (Stay tuned for more on the growth of World Moms Blog!)
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With an interest in cultural anthropology, Jennifer Burden wanted to read stories about moms from different parts of the world every day. The problem was that she couldn’t find a website that gave her these type of stories to read.
Armed with copies of Blogging for Dummies and WordPress for Dummies from her local library, Jennifer created the World Moms Blog in one short month.
Launched on November 1, 2010, World Moms Blog is a collaborative website that writes from over 20 countries on 6 continents about motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. With over 50 contributors, everyone writes in English, and it is a complete volunteer effort. Even the mission statement was created by contributors.
World Moms Blog was listed in the ForbesWoman “Top 100 Websites for Women 2012.” Not too shabby.
Did I mention Jennifer is also a stay-at-home mom? She manages to keep the website running with the help of a global team of dedicated editors who handle editing, social media and more.
World Moms Blog has a “World Voice” column that includes posts on social good and human rights. Jennifer tells me, “we carry stories from all around the globe with the aim to give women and children a voice and to raise awareness on important issues such as global health, international orphanages, women empowerment, the education of girls, etc.”
The website is also an opportunity to bring women together who wouldn’t normally be found chatting around a common interest. According to Jennifer,
“We’ve had a Muslim woman in Alexandria, Egypt share comments on our blog with an orthodox Jewish woman in Tel Aviv. Women are talking across cultures and religions about the common thread of motherhood. We’re also taking our readers into the lives of many different women and geographies around the globe. Our goal is to have less of “us vs. them” and more of “us” by creating a familiarity across cultures.”
In addition, World Moms Blog aims to give back through various partnerships with foundations that have an emphasis on bettering the lives of mothers and children worldwide, including Shot@Life, CleanBirth.org, #ONEMoms and GAVI Alliance.
It’s kind of nice knowing moms have similar struggles and challenges all around the world, isn’t it?
Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.