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A (more than) virtual door for women's empowerment

Web 2.0 is a revolution for the World Wide Web as well as a revolution for the daily life and the global social movements. I conceive it as a door always open between the world wide web and the “wide” world. The amazing advantages of this type of technology are that internet has become a partecipatory platform, and a space for e-democracy. The internet users are not mere passive customers but they are part of the game, they are actively creating knowledge. The Web 2.0 allows me as user to give feedback: I can answer, say what I like or dislike, I can share and spread the content or just ignore it. Thanks to this approach people have the power to choose what to read or say or they can just shut the virtual door. The other really innovative features are networking and collaboration. You can get to know a lot of people from all over the world or just in your town.You can chat, share dreams, get tips for everything, even a job or a simple smile. It is a real social capital.

Great innovations have their drawbacks . As for every democracy there are inequalities, even for this e-democracy there is the digital divide. Not everyone has a secure access to it. Neverthless community leaders are mostly connected and they can be responsible delegates, rising problems worldwide they shape a portion of public opinion. . The word is a sword and young leaders are blogging worldwide to express discontent or report abuses.

Global women's movement also is using the technology to call for social and political change to empower women. The Web 2.0 is filling the gap between mainstream media and traditional human rights organizations. Women all over the world connect and dialogue across regions, cultures and religions. Women collective organized through the web can use information as inputs to the agendas of women's organizations and political initiatives and put it to service of women at large. The Empowerment of women is both a process and a result that increase women's ability to take strategic decision in their life. Today women in the net have the possibility to empower themselves making their choices. There is not danger of reducing femminism to clicktivism, the only (positive) danger is that this approach is drawing a growing number of women into deeper commitment outside the “traditional leftist” circle of feminists.

My experience with web 2.0 has started recently and it has already changed my view on the net potential. I log into twitter every day this is my virtual door. For example I came in contact with Women Worldwide Initiative and its amazing young founder. I am collaborating posting articles and video in her platform. I've met also italian women that are giving me advices, unconsciously models and sources of inspiration. Working together in a worldwide dimension make me feel empowered, I feel I have more possibilities in front of me and more different amazing people all around.

Comments

olutosin's picture

Raise it....

This is a platform to raise your voice, keep it up my dear lady.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Pam_fem's picture

Thank you

Thank you for your comment. I am rising my voice and I will keep doing it !!!
Peace

Aida Dervishi's picture

Great post Pamela! Internet

Great post Pamela!

Internet users are not passive you are right, since web itself is being more and more user driven :)

Best,
Aida.

Pam_fem's picture

Thank you

Thank you Aida, I am glad you liked it. It is wonderful that we can interact and choose what to do, read write, share. I have the power as internet user with web 2.0, I have the power as woman through "voices for our future!"
warm regards
Pam

Eliana's picture

Dear Pamela, I agree that the

Dear Pamela,
I agree that the world wide web offers women a larger spectrum of possibilities to raise their voices and to take a participatory role not only in international, national and political level but also into their private, even if in some countries it is not that easy to get a fair access to this means of communication. It is a productive and interesting way of creating bonds between women from all over the world and exchange, share and post ideas, comments, events and everything we feel like. For me it is like travelling around the world, having the chance to discover new places, cultures, traditions, and realities through the eyes of all of you. It is an enrichment that fills my heart and soul. Thank you for having crossed my path and hope we will do some way together.
Eliana

Eliana

Pam_fem's picture

Thanks and

Dear Eliana,
thank you for your comment. It so inspiring and charmful that you enjoy it like a journey around the world. We have a lot to learn and everyone has something to teach, it is an amazing way to do it beyond any border. We will cross soon!!!. Thank you again
Greetings
Pam

Tina's picture

Actively Creating Knowledge

Hi Pamela,
Welcome to World Pulse and the VOF program. I'm one of your listeners this week and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your assignment. Your writing is informative and insightful and your opinions are clear. I love the way you describe web 2.0 as a vehicle for actively creating knowledge and that internet users are not passive consumers. I also particularly loved your thoughts on feminism and clicktivism and I agree with you. Web 2.0 is giving women the opportunity to embrace a much deeper commitment to our causes and to connect with others outside the traditional circles of feminism, and indeed activism actually! I look forward to reading more from you.
Tina

Pam_fem's picture

Thank you

Dear Tina,
I am so glad you liked it and I'm so enthusiastic I got a comment from a listener. It is always great to have comments and feedback so we can really enjoy the web 2.0., and it is even better if the comment is from your "official listener".
Thank you for your careful remarks , I really appreciate your note on clicktivism. I think activism online it is great and it can reach a lot of people and youngsters.
I am eager of writing another post soon. It was my first post and I was nervous about my english. Then I linked it on twitter too and I got so many retweets and comments that made me feel so happy and pleased. My words had resonance!

Thank you for listening me,
Warm Regards
Pamela

ariniaina's picture

Hi Pamela, Lovely post! Web

Hi Pamela,

Lovely post!

Web 2.0 is a great opportunity for each one of us to freely speak for ourselves. And as you said, it is so great to know that people all around the world are actively using the web. I do believe that we on World Pulse will keep on using the web 2.0 as a great tool of empowering women comunity.

Keep it up!

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

Pam_fem's picture

Hi Ariniaina, oh thanks. I

Hi Ariniaina,
oh thanks. I visited your blog and you are using the web 2.0 in the best way ever, the pictures are great. Keep doing it
It is really amazing.

Cheers
Pam

ariniaina's picture

thanks :)

thanks :)

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

jacintai's picture

The word is a sword

Hi Pam,

Thanks for your post! I agree - it's wonderful that internet users are now a part of the "game" as you say - actively creating it as they surf, comment and engage with the community around them.

I'm glad you drew our attention to the digital divide - as I think any active "e-democracy" should also be conscious of those who are not present.

I think your point about clicktivism is an interesting one - and that web 2.0 is making feminism more relevant and accessible to increasing numbers of women.

Thanks for your post - it made me think!

Best wishes,

Jacinta :)

Pam_fem's picture

Hi Jacinta

Hi Jacinta,

Thank you for reading and posting a comment. I am so glad you liked it and it made you think, so now we share thoughts and point of views. Isn't it great?. Activism is the major strenght together with the inclusiveness but it is a weakness too, I mean web 2.0 reaches a lot of people lefting behind the most marginalized and vulnerable.

Really thanks for have read it carefully
Warm Regards
Pamela

alia's picture

the only (positive) danger is

the only (positive) danger is that this approach is drawing a growing number of women into deeper commitment outside the “traditional leftist” circle of feminists. this is so great Pamela , i hope we all should realize that

a good assignment i salute you

with love
Alia

Pam_fem's picture

ahlan wa sahlan

Dear Alia,
welcome to my journal and thank you for reading my post and for giving a good remark. I hope web 2.0 will hep to spread support for the cause of women's rights.I truly believe it!
Warm regards
Pamela

alia's picture

shukran jazilan Pamela ;)

shukran jazilan Pamela ;)

lolatsai's picture

Comprehensive

Hi Pam,

Great post! You covered a good look at the big picture of online technology and how it connects to women, as well as shared a nice glimpse of what it means to you and your daily life. Bravo :)

Blessings,
Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

Pam_fem's picture

Hi Lola

Hi Lola,
I enjoy reading comments and good remarks;). I am feeling more and more confident writing,
Really thank you
Warm Regards
Pam

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