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My struggle is my sister’s struggle and my sister’s struggle is mine

Ngugi wa Thiong’o write is his book ‘Decolonizing the Mind’ “Language any language has a dual character: it is both a means of communication and a carrier of culture.”

I agree with him in the context of Web 2.0, I see it as a language (women’s stories/ struggles etc.)it is creating a culture of women’s voices, communication across the globe. This is what is so exciting about this journey for me, I have received the opportunity to gather in a space with other women, like minded women, maybe not fighting the ‘same’
struggle, but fighting for the empowerment and liberation for women across the globe. Through sounding our voices, telling our stories, connecting, helping, teaching and learning from each other.

Web 2.0 is offering women online training, which they can use as a tool to mobilize across the globe. Web 2.0 offers learning and teaching opportunity through online ‘story telling’. It is providing us with the opportunity to think outside our boxes, to keep other women’s struggles in mind, to celebrate each others victories online. It is opening up a ‘port-hole’ of women’s voices that has been shut for a very long time. This is giving us the chance to breathe again.

The online dialogue that have been occurring for myself over the past two weeks since I have signed up to be apart of the ‘Voices of our future’ project is empowering as I am giving my voice the liberty to speak, in introducing myself, commenting on other posts, replying to comments, which gave me the opportunity to reflect on my journey thus far as a ‘Wo’/ human’ Rights defender. It is teaching me that I am a part of something greater then what meets the eye, my struggle is not just situated here in my own country, but it expands across boundaries and oceans. The empowerment in this lies with realization of ‘My struggle is my sister’s struggle and my sister’s struggle is mine, my sister’s victory is
my victory and my victory is hers.’ In sisterhood..

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tallybery's picture

In sisterhood we trust

Hey sister! This is Larissa, part of the listener group. I really got interested on the begining of your essay - the dual charecter of language. That was a great start to talk about web 2.0. It does have this dual charecter but more - it is also an undercontruction language so, through this point of view, we are influencing it´s development with our culture as well. That´s a very exciting aspect, you are right. I only wish to get to know you a little better through your writting...how about if you share with us some of your personal experiences to illustrate the week assignment subjetc? When we open up to the world the world opens up to us :-). Really like the plea...good job.

Leslie's picture

Your experiences

Olivia,
Enjoyed your piece on Web 2.0. I too, as a Listener, would like to see more of you intertwined with your writing to give it some human perspective. That's the one thing that readers bind to when reading, they need something, someone to identfy with, to relate to. That's where your peronsonal experiences come into play and give the writing more color, life, voice. It's unique to every writer because each of us has different experiences, thus a unique voice. Hope to hear more about you in future assignments.

Leslie

OliviaCoetzee's picture

Please offer more..

I am understanding that you would like to hear about my struggles and tribulations as a coloured lesbian woman living in poverty in South Africa, as that is utlimately what WEB 2.0 is about.. i write from a perspective of taking myself out of the story. I have realised that and I thank you for your input. This is giving me the opppurtunity to reflect on this...
Thank you, if you have any more suggestion I would welcome them with open arms. Thank you

It's good that you're reflecting on the issue of when to include ourselves and when to exclude ourselves in stories. As a rule of traditionl journalism, we exclude ourselves from the news stories because they must be presented from an unbiased, balanced, objective view. So our personal thoughts, views background, preferences must be checked at the door during those times. This is a solid and standard tenet of journalism.

But here, with citizen journalism, you are allowed to be a person, a citizen, in the story. You are encouraged to bring yourself into the story or issue to assist in explaining it. We want to know what influenced the statements you made in your assignment, what backs them, pushes them to be penned down, what fuels them? And that is you. You and your unique experiences, perspective and vision fuel your statements. For a reader to better understand and relate to your statements, it helps to include examples or experiences from your life to illustrate how and why you wrote that particular statement.

So embracing yourself and including yourself in citizen journalism is essentially what distiguishes it from mainstream news coverage.

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