World Pulse’s Digital Action Campaigns bring together powerful grassroots women leaders who are generating vital changes on the ground. By providing key resources and tools to our community, we can support the empowerment of exceptional women creating positive change. For the WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign, World Pulse will be giving away some incredible prizes, including the $20,000 Lynn Syms Prize. This page will be updated throughout the campaign to bring you new prizes, detailed application instructions, and additional information! To stay up to date with deadlines and application guidelines, sign up for our mailing list and join the World Pulse community.

Introducing the Lynn Syms Prize: Lifting New Visionary Voices

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 3.26.50 PMWorld Pulse is honored to partner with sculptor and philanthropist Lynn Syms to announce the inaugural Lynn Syms Prize. In 2014, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work.

The Prize

The prize will include the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize title, a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City.


The Lynn Syms prize will recognize a relatively unknown woman activist with an exceptional track record of early accomplishment in community based work to systemically address a pervasive problem faced by women around the world. The prize is targeted for a grassroots woman leader based and working primarily in a developing country and having a demonstrated ability to elevate community concerns and serve as an inspiration to community leaders elsewhere. She must have an established organization, program or project, though in the early stage of development. Characteristics this woman leader should embody include: courage, commitment, integrity and the ability to communicate effectively for her cause. Importantly, for the 2014 prize, candidates must also be successfully using digital tools to advance her work and she must participate in World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Campaign.

How to Apply

In order to be eligible for the prize, you must submit written journal entries to all three phases of World Pulse’s 2014 Women Weave the Web Campaign: Phase 1 – Digital Access, Phase 2 – Digital Literacy, and Phase 3 – Digital Empowerment. Those who submit to all three phases will be sent an invitation in June to apply for the prize. The first phase has already been launched, and will remain open until March 31, 2014. Instructions for submitting to the campaign can be found on our How to Participate page. About Lynn Syms: Lynn Syms is a woman passionate about elevating the voices of unheard women in the world. With her prize she hopes to inspire more people to contribute resources to strengthen grassroots women’s leadership globally. LEARN MORE AT WORLD PULSE Follow, RT @WorldPulse