Welcome. So glad you're here. Is this your first time? Joining the 'Gender Crosstalk' worldwide conversation is easy. By doing so, you'll be part of history. For the first time, using the power of social media, we can have a worldwide conversation about topics that matter most and you will have access to one of the highest ranking women in the world. This conversation is our first and it's entitled 'Gender Crosstalk.'
Here's how to participate. You can sign up (and sign back in anytime) by clicking the Facebook button directly to the left. Or, and this is nearly as easy, click the 'Join' button on the left of the screen. (It's the third one down.) You'll fill out a form that will become your profile within the forum. The registration will take about two minutes to complete. Once you're accepted, share your ideas, thoughts and ruminations about being a man or woman and how we can better address gender issues still in play across the globe.
What it is all about.
Men and women are invited to participate in this compassionate and thoughtful conversation supported by the United Nations Association and United Nations Association in San Francisco. (The UNA-USA and UNA-SF directly channel to the United Nations.) Everyone is invited. All ideas are good ideas. The spirit of the conversation is to find commonalities, understanding and inspiration over borderlines and time zones. This project was created on a humble budget but has the potential to exponentially reach around the world. We need you. Invite your friends. And their friends. The total time commitment will take you five to 30 minutes, depending on how quickly you write your thoughts. We believe ideas presented with love and wit will win.
Remember to vote on other people's ideas. Do this by clicking on the emotive faces above each message. The two highest ranking ideas, one from the men and one from the women, will be the first-ever messages directly sent to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Women, on February 18, 2015.
This will be monumental in our new ability to share ideas with each other from all corners of the world.
The conversation won't end there.
Each lunar month following, two more messages will be sent to Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Here's how to invite your friends.
First participate yourself - that is key. Then, through your social media and email, encourage friends to join this global conversation between the genders: http://ugc.iwd.intermix.org.
Suggested topics: Please feel free to set your own topic. A gender related topic is very appropriate, but it is OK to write about something else. Possibilities: the global roles of women and men, violence against women, Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the possibility of a Fifth World Conference for Women (5WCW), expanding the scope of the Women's Movement, how to bring in the men, and so forth. You might ask Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka a question, or encourage her. The field is wide open.
Read more: Crowdsourcing the Genders. Together, we can make our world more compassionate and understanding.
Gender Crosstalk has launched with the backing of the United Nations Association (UNA), the UN Foundation and the Global Fund for Women.
The UNA Gender Crosstalk is an online community where the crowd-sourced voices of the genders will weave a tale of love and wit, remaking humanity's vision of itself in the process. Through this new lens, the human race will see itself as the intelligent, generous and capable species that we are, giving us the trust and confidence we need to cooperate on pressing global matters.
Step by step.