Happy New Year from World Moms Blog!

Another year, and even more exciting things to look forward to in 2012…

We’ve added our 18th country this week, China!  More to come from our new writer in Beijing!

We are now 50+ writers strong!

The United Nations Foundation has involved me in a pilot project to help raise awareness of their Shot@Life campaign (life-saving vaccination programs for children in developing nations), which will take me to Washington, DC at the end of January.  I am excited that the World Moms Blog writers’ goal to spread social good for women and children is going offline now, too!

We have also had the opportunity to connect some of our US writers with the United Nations Foundation, and they will work together to raise awareness for their Shot@Life US-based campaign!

We are brainstorming with the GAVI Alliance in Switzerland creative ways to raise awareness on an international level for their life-saving vaccination programs for children in developing nations. I am excited that we will be able to involve many of our mothers around the world on this project!

The new web design has taken a back seat to all this fun stuff, but is still coming in 2012!

Our writers are strengthening our World Moms Blog writing community by getting to know each other in smaller groups behind the scenes.

We are focusing on public relations in 2012 with Kim Tita, who has volunteered to spearhead our PR efforts!

T-shirts! In 2012 you’ll be able to order your very own World Moms Blog t-shirt!  I’m really excited to work on these with our graphic designer, Erica Joyner!

Blogcation!  We’re giving our writers and editors a well-deserved time off the first week of the year.  We will be taking a break from posting the week of January 3rd, but will return to regular posting on January 9th, beginning in South Africa with Mama Simona!

We’re crossing geographic, cultural and religious boundaries and focusing on a common good — motherhood.  By being a part of the World Moms Blog community I am growing as a person and my children benefit from the knowledge I gain from interacting with such a fantastic group of international mothers!

I look forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for us!

And another great, big, humongous THANK YOU to the writers and editors who volunteer their time to this fantastic publication. And also, to you, the reader, for reading and interacting with us as we experience motherhood each day on this earth from our many little corners — you make us feel that we are not alone!

Please help us spread the word about our unique geographical take on motherhood. In 2012 share World Moms Blog with your friends!

Thank you, and I wish for peace, health and happiness for everyone on the globe in the year to come!

Jennifer Burden 

Founder/Editor World Moms Blog

Photo credit to Anna Lenabem.  This photo has a creative commons attribution license. 

Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post, ONE.org, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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