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Realising the Potential of Web 2.0 to empower Indigenous Women

Marma women dancing at Monk Cremation ceremony in Chittagong Hill Tracts

The thing that excites me most about Web 2.0 is quite simply, the scale and its diverse applications. In all senses, it is massive.
It is sound, image, language, film, stories, and most importantly, it is a discourse. Taking all of these traditional media and reinterpreting for the digital sphere for people to engage, interact and truly connect.

Over the last few years It has become such a large part of my life and I have barely realised how its impact has revolutionised the way I work. I have embraced the technologies of web 2.0, which have connected me with people and ideas that would have been unimaginable even 20 years ago and allowed me to maintain links with my family in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a remote Indigenous Peoples region of Bangladesh, in a way that is fresh and real and immediate in its content. I have been able to facilitate the flow of information and be part of successful campaign to release Ranglai Mro an Indigenous rights activist and friend.

I set up a flickr account four years ago in order to document and raise awareness about the issues I am involved with, and this week I was amazed to see that my photos passed 100,000 views. This also made me reflect on how I have neglected this side of my work in the last year due to the need to earn a living.

The thing that inspires me about Web 2.0 is the potential it has given me and other activists from diaspora communities to raise the profile of the causes they are involved with. As someone of dual heritage, I want to be able to contribute to playing a role in the empowerment of Indigenous women worldwide.

I have seen a proliferation of the use of epetitions and global online campaigns to bring about social change. I would like to link with other women to look at the issues around violence against Indigenous women in conflict and post-conflict zones. I enjoyed developing and contributing to the online digital platform Our Stories for UNICEF, which connected young people from around the globe. I have been inspired by some of the stories and examples given here on World Pulse, such as the mapping of torture in Egypt and the violence in Kenya. I would love to create something similar for Indigenous women that builds on the strong tradition of oral history and incorporates digital storytelling.

I have built Web 2.0 in the form of blogs, flickr, facebook and youtube into all my current work, and I am currently teaching myself the ins and outs of twitter.

One of my limiting factors in my work in the past was in fully understanding and utlising the power of Web 2.0. I now feel with the World Pulse community’s support in a better position to actively work with others to map violence against Indigenous women and create empowering links with women in other countries as they share their stories.

My Jumma Indigenous Peoples tent for Portents exhibition in Bristol
The Support the Jumma Peoples of CHT Facebook Cause with 2889 members
Trying to get my head around Twitter and its many distractions...
My Flickr collections: views of all my photos passed 100,000 last week (I'm stunned)
My Vanishing Rites Youtube site where i upload multimedia projects

Comments

Zippy's picture

Good Work

You go girl! I like your passion.

"A human is a human because of other humans"

Ina Hume's picture

Thanks

Thanks Zippy-i love your work too! And have a very good friend in Kenya who has set up WERK which works with women and girls to promote education in Kenya. Let me know if you want more details and i will pass on.

Best wishes,

Ina

Farona's picture

Waw! I am proud how you’re

Waw!
I am proud how you’re using social media effectively to raise the issue of those people. I,myself, have been to Chittagong and I love the local tradition and culture – they bring so much richness in the Bangladeshi culture !

Ina Hume's picture

Thanks Farona

Thanks Farona for your comment- and glad you have visited the nearby areas in Bangladesh. There is always so much behind different cultures that we do not always see. The culture of the Indigenous Peoples certainly adds to the richness of Bangladesh.
Best wishes,
Ina

CoachMarcie's picture

Thanks

What a great first piece. I also love the passion and experience you have gain so far from the Web. Best, Marcie

Best,
Marcie

Ina Hume's picture

Thanks Marcie

Thanks Marcie for your lovely comment. And well done for the important work you do in coaching and empowering people as well. We all need our confidence built throughout life.
Best wishes,

Ina

marissabrodney's picture

Very worthwhile aim!

Hello Ina,

It was very inspiring to read about all the good work you are currently doing and are aiming to do, in support of international indigenous women! I agree with much of what you say with regard to harnessing the power of online media, in the service of such network building. Best of luck to you in working to further understand and utilize these powerful tools.
Best,
Marissa

Ina Hume's picture

Thank Marissa

Thank you so much for your comments Marissa, it is good to get feedback on some of my ideas, and positive feedback is even better!
Best wishes,
Ina

You have definitely jumped in the deep end of Web 2.0! Your ambitious proposals to map violence against Indigenous women, and your obvious early successes, show how well you have adapted. Certainly the World Pulse community will benefit from your commitment to champion the empowerment of all women and their cultural integrity. I look forward to your future articles.

Kathleen Abood

Ina Hume's picture

Thank you Kathleen

Dear Kathleen,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and faith. I think that this is one of the things I hope for with World Pulse and web 2.0- is a sharing with others and a reality check on what is and is not possible. I have worked in the voluntary sector and as an activist for many years and I know that it is possible to achieve impossible things if you have the right people with you and behind you. That is what I would love as well- as to be supportive to other women, in the way that people have supported me in the past as well.

Best wishes,

Ina

Bhavya's picture

skillz!

you know your stuff! And you have lots of energy. You've already done so much with the web 2.0 tools you have learned...and just learning these skills has empowered you.

I like the pictures you put in.

Ina Hume's picture

Thanks Bhavya

For your comments. It is actually surprising we can learn just by using the web. You find that bit by bit it becomes a more natural and every day part of your life. Though, there is also real life to get on with and make connections in as well. But i try and use the web to complement rather than replace the other connections in my life and work. finding the right balance is always the challenge.
Best wishes,

Ina

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