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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.

Comments

aarsenal's picture

Women's lib, Pinoy style

It is quite interesting to get some historical perspective on the women's movement in the Philippines and to see how well we are transitioning into the Web 2.0 era. I hope you can share more. Great essay, Ms. Emie :)

Anna

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Life is how you Design it.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks, Anna!

I do think it helped a lot that the Philippines is an amalgamation of races ... I believe this has made it easy for us Filipinos to adapt to the changes of the times...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

everlyrose's picture

we have found our place under the stars

you are so right about this site
take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks, Everly!

In everything, there is a reason and a season. For us women, PulseWire is it! We know, of course, it works ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

deltaqueen's picture

I understand

To understand, know, and feel how far women have developed in our world is dynamic. As an American woman, we have yet to celebrate the accomplishment of calling a woman Madam President, but we are not far behind. Great historical prespective. Keep Sharing!

Peace Be Unto You!

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Hi!

Well, someone called Queen Elizabeth brought England to its "Golden Age".... and another one called "Joan of Arc" rose to be a hero, with a courage acclaimed worldwide! Your own Hilary Clinton belongs to the top 100 lawyers of the world. Each woman has her own place under the sun ... sometimes we can find it on our own, but sometimes we need a whole community to belong to ... glad to find you here!

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