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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.

Here's how to participate. Facebook Sign-in 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. You'll fill out a short form that will become your online profile.

Once you have joined, you will be able to read, vote and comment on other people's ideas. At the new moon on April 18, 2015, the two highest ranking messages, one from the women and one from the men, will be sent to Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. Each lunar month following, two more messages will be selected and we will continue to send them to Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka. We know we can get the messages on her desk, and with enough participants, expect she will be interested to read and reply.

What it is all about.

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. More concretely, the intent is to build towards a Human Unity With Gender Equality Built In conference to be held in San Francisco for International Day of Peace, 2016.

The Gender Crosstalk will soon be complemented by an Age Crosstalk with a Voice of Youth, a Voice of Experience and a Voice of Wisdom. Also coming right up, will be a "geographic slider" so the scope of the Crosstalk can be easily changed from Global to National to Metro and group levels. The idea is that these "Voices of Humanity" will support diversity as well as unity.

The great hope is that the Voices of Humanity will be morale builders whose messages are always new and inspiring, and that the multitude of organizations and networks that see the value of uniting humanity will promote the Crosstalk process as an easy way to build a global consciousness. We need a global consciousness to underpin a nonviolent Global Citizens Movement (GCM), and we need the GCM to persuade the nations and religions to cooperate. The simple trick that can make all this happen will be for local groups to make it a practice at their meetings to read aloud just a single one of the latest Crosstalk winners. This ongoing world-wide conversation will create a sense of community at all levels. It is the back-and-forth between the online and the in-person contexts that will make for success.

Here's how to invite your friends.

First participate yourself by writing a short message (150 words or less) to be voted on by others - that is key. All ideas are good ideas. And be sure to rate messages written by others - use the green and orange rating boxes. Then, through your social media and email, encourage friends to join this global conversation between the genders:

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. If you have any thoughts about steps we can take towards human unity, please share!

Read more: Crowdsourcing the Genders. Together, we can make our world more compassionate and understanding. See also You are more than welcome to register your participation in the Gender Crosstalk as an Act of Peace on the One Billion Acts of Peace website. And please "like" us on facebook.

Gender Crosstalk is a project of UNA San Francisco and has launched with the backing of the United Nations Association (UNA), the UN Foundation and the Global Fund for Women. See below for the complete list of supporting organizations. The San Francisco Chapter of the UNA has applied for a UNDEF grant to fund a 2016 Human Unity with Gender Equality Built In Conference in San Francisco for the International Day of Peace on September 21. The Conference will develop a roadmap for actually achieving gender equality, human unity and peace. The formula for success is to combine the online Gender Crosstalk process with in-person meetings. See the grant writeup at

Step by step.

  1. Prepare your message ahead of time so you can use cut and paste to actually post it. 150 words maximum.
  2. If you use facebook to register, then it is a little easier and in the future you can log in with a single click. The software does not use or save your list of friends, in case you are wondering.
  3. If you do not register with facebook, then begin by clicking the "Join" button on the left. After you register, you will need to click in from an email that will be sent to you, just to confirm it really is you.
  4. Check out the difference between "Easy mode" and "Expert mode". If "Expert mode" looks confusing, use easy mode at first.
  5. Now you can read and rate the messages that have already been entered by others, as many of them as you have time for.
  6. Write your own message by clicking "Add My Message".
  7. Be sure to click the "Save" button at the bottom after you have written your message. That's it!

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