When I was reading my friend stories about the Web 2.0 I noticed all of them mentioned two words change and difference. What kind of change and difference we all are seeking from it? What difference do we want as educated women with some experience of life at our hands?
We all share our know-how with each other when we joined this online course. What should we call this exercise then experiences or education?
I joined this course to my problems with women around the world. The second motive was to change some stereotypes about Arab women, mostly considered submissive and conservative. I was imagining staying with a woman who would not care as to who I am or to what do I do. Rather only see me as one who really needs them.
I really want to hear how women are thinking about themselves and the other women around them. I want to hear about the problems they are suffering from. I think that is what this web 2.0 wants from us i.e. a global awareness about women’s issue. While women in some countries have certain freedom while in others they continue to suffer quietly in many cases. Everything is not open and exposed. There is a lot to share between us. We can, at least, exchange views about real freedom.
Whenever I travel outside the Middle East, I am undermined for being Arabic or Syrian. My abilities are underestimated. Fortunately, I always prove the otherwise - I am a woman and can do what the others can.
More than men, I am shocked more by female folk who baselessly judge each other. We don’t sincerely try to empower each other. For such exchange of views, I look towards Web 2.0 for answers.
Let’s not be typical in this course. Let’s get rid of stereotype we associate towards the other. We should forget being Arabs, Americans, Russian or any of the rest. We would have to rise above being Muslims or Christians. Let us be free women as we are otherwise we may not benefit from this course as much as we should.
Women can only be strong if they take all the female folk along. Powerful female elite can never empower the vulnerable ones merely with words. We have to raise our voice to be heard but in a manner that people stop and like to listen to us. For that infighting and stereotyping would have to end. I can see a silver lining through these dark clouds.