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Web 2.0 is My New World

I am normally an upbeat and vocal person, but at one point I felt like a zombie in limbo ... just bumming around the internet websites for nothing. With not much interest I obliged to open long overdue mails in my taken-for-granted inbox, when, suddenly, lo and behold, I found myself staring at a community I know so well and miss so much - the world of women, Web 2.0. Back in my not so recent past I was a founding member of the Network for the Empowerment of Women. It was difficult then because getting society to see what we were struggling for was like pointing an accusing finger to men as perpetrators and culprits to crime and violence against women.

With no hesitation I registered myself to Pulsewire, correctly certain this will take me to where my heart is. I don't know much of how this works, but I am filled with excitement with the idea of sharing and exchanging notes with the worldwide extension of my own feminine gender. It would be awe-inspiring to be able to relate with other women who, despite differences in color or creed, will have their own unique and interesting version of being and becoming the woman that we want the world to see.

In my country, the Philippines, women empowerment started as a "liberation" movement back in the eighties. Through the years, Filipino women have managed to hold the reins of power in practically all walks of life. In fact, we had had two women presidents (1986-1992 and 2001-2010) reigning supreme. Today, it's no longer hard to relate women issues with men as fathers, brothers and sons of women victims of crime and violence.

Although in some parts of the world women are still groping in the dark corridors of male dominance, an online community like Web 2.0 will make it possible for awareness and motivation to do miracles. It only takes a spark to set a fire burning, it is said. In no time, Web 2.0 will bring to the forefront the repressed and suppressed sentiments and predicaments of women, and slowly but surely, establish the venue to resolve and address women concerns.

I have considerably empowered myself because of my active involvement in women empowerment endeavors and gender sensitivity initiatives early on, but the level of my awareness is limited to where I am right now. Now, I am as excited as I am certain that Web 2.0 will expand my horizons and broaden my dimensions on women issues, because I will share my life and raise my hand out across the skies to reach out to women who are as eager as I am to share their lives with me, and together we speak, together we grow within and into each other. In Web 2.0, each of us is all of us.

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Carri Pence's picture

I am so happy that you found

I am so happy that you found strength through the use of women communities on the internet. I look forward to you empowering me through your writings on PulseWire.

Best,
Carri Pence

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Wow!

Weeehhh, Carri it's not about one woman empowering another - it's us women empowering each other! I am limited only to my own limiting circle and the truth is that we grow to be better persons only if we open up to others. My personal growth would be less meaningful if I cannot grow into the bigger me - the womanhood of humanity! You know, I've been shedding a lot of tears as I browsed through the testimonies of the women here at PulseWire, particularly accounts from women in Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya, India ... my heart just freezes at one point then bursts in anger at another... pity, despair, disillusionment alternating with anger at the evils that are wrought to the "weaker sex" and the "second class citizens". I feel guilty feeling fortunate I do not have a gory experience to write about, because those women who are wallowing in such sorry state are the other me!

Together we will stand .... together we will speak .... together we will utter each word in ONE VOICE!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Carri Pence's picture

You are right. It is we,

You are right. It is we, uniting as one. With a common voice singing the words of equality the world will know peace.

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