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Reaching the world through the Web

I am excited about the fact that at last I have found a forum where I can be heard by thousands of people from different Continents, with diverse cultures, religions and races. More exciting is the fact that I can challenge the adage in my culture which says “women can only be seen, but not heard”, which means that women are only created to be companions and subjects to men, their views are neither considered nor taken. Also exciting is the fact that Web 2.0 will enable me to fulfill my dream of being a writer and publisher; and I hope to improve my readership, get inputs to my ideas and collaborate with people all over the world through this network, for a social change. It is most exciting to know that web 2.0 puts the power of information in my hands.
Women possess the key to unlocking the resource room that has the solutions to global problem, yet our voices are never sought for talk less of being heard. Some cultures belief and even express that women should only be seen, but not heard. Web 2.0 is a media program which will expand women’s empowerment movement. By increasing access to communication, Web 2.0 provides women of all walks of life the opportunity to promote their voices, it helps them to build and strengthen their collaboration, and accelerates the exchange of working models which empowers women and addresses global problems. Speaking our minds and sharing our visions with the world will make a whole lot of difference. When we air our views in writing, we will address the issues that affect us such as – our participation in politics and gender-based violence. We are also apt to challenge gender stereotypes more often than the men would do. In addition to our written voices, with the web 2.0, we connect with other women and share our vision, ambitions, aspirations, ideas and prospects for social change.
Web 2.0 will allow me to connect, express and transform myself as I collaborate with other people. Precisely, by self-publishing online, it will help me to raise awareness, as I speak with women across the globe to challenge existing ideas or expose under-reported issues in my community. By engaging in interactive online communities, I can create connections and network with other people who have ideas and visions similar to mine, thus can brainstorm solutions, answer questions, test ideas, share success stories and take actions. More so by working online with web 2.0, I can build movements by introducing my projects, ideas and solutions to a global audience and then making connections that can then support and invigorate my offline work. I can learn from the working examples of the opportunities provided by the New Media that other correspondents have published such as “Torture in Egypt” an example of Raising Awareness, “The Rafiki Club” an example of Creating Connections, and “Ushahidi” an example of Building Movements.


I'm one of the listeners for your Week One assignment and I really enjoyed reading your journal entry entitled Reaching the World Through The Web. I can sense your enthusiasm for participating in Voices Of The Future! I especially liked your comment "Women possess the key to unlocking the resource room that has the solutions to global problems." That certainly is a positive vision for the future! I would encourage you to add more of your personal experience to your writing in the three remaining assignments so we can learn more about you. Keep up the good work!
Your friend, Valerie

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem's picture

Thanks Valerie for your

Thanks Valerie for your comments. Sorry that it took me so long to reply, it's just that my hands were quite full with so much work, that I barely tried to complete the four weeks assignments, always submitting some hours before the deadline, I am glad that I persisted, I did not give up on the exercise.
Your comments are well noted, I hope I did better thereafter, though I am just readind your comments, because I am just exploring the site more now.
Warm regards,

Jan K Askin's picture

Another devoted listener

Dear Uwemedimbuk,

In reading your first assignment, I learn that you are dedicated to challenging stereotypes, particularly gender-based stereotypes. It was a good idea to mention specific examples of posts that have affected your understanding of worldwide issues, such as "The Rafiki Club," to underscore the power of a global journalism movement. Thank you very much for your participation.

From a sister in the United States

Jan Askin

Thanks Jan for your comments, though due to my naivity, I am just getting to see it now, however I am really encouraged. Thanks a lot.
Warm regards,

Machrine's picture

Passionate Listener

Hullo Uwemedimbuk
I am your listener for your week one assignment and i must say that i like the way you express your passion for demystifying the stereotypes that are branded against women. It cuts across cultures. however i would have really loved to see an anecdote from either a woman in your community or your own personal anecdote regarding your premise " Women can only be seen but not Heard". Otherwise good start.

Your Mentor
Machrine Birungi

Thanks Machrine for your comments, I am sorry that I am only replying to it now because of my "naivity"to the site.
I hope my week 2 assignment was an improvement, as I wrote a bit about experience, however I was limited be number of words. Maybe now that it is over I can write as much as possible on "our"experiences.
Thanks my Mentor, I do appreciate you.

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