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..