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The power of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 has the power to create a local and global social change for women. It provides a platform for everyday women – someone like me to build a collaborative online network that supports our own empowerment movement. Web 2.0 brings women a hope for change. Without hope, there is no solution.

No matter where we live in our world today, we can be connected through the Internet. With Web 2.0, girls and women who have access to the Internet can share their own stories, bring together online supporters of their grassroots work, exchange ideas for how to solve problems and keep things REAL. The good news is that we can do this from where we live! – a sustainable solution to creating the global women’s empowerment movement.

Web 2.0 also offers a sanctuary or oasis when facing challenges. It gives us inspiration. Sometimes, we just need to know that we are not alone or we need courage to continue our work, especially women like me who work independently and often don’t see supporters in our immediate environment.

Web 2.0 has the power to change my world. I manage a project called “If She Can Do It, You Can Too: Empowering Women Through Outdoor Role Models.” This project is dedicated to promoting women’s involvement in education, science, environmental conservation and adventures in nature. It is my hope that all people will be inspired to overcome any challenges in order to reach their dreams by sharing photography and stories of diverse women around the world. When I learned about Web 2.0, I was the most excited about the possibility to enter the world of citizen journalism. Currently, I share my project through other social media such as my own website (www.mihoaida.com), blog, YouTube and Facebook. Through Facebook, I know that I have 235 fans following my project. But I want more than that. With web 2.0, I would like to create a global network of women who can utilize my project for their own community empowerment. I want to know how my project impacts women’s lives and inspires them.

It is empowering to think about what Web 2.0 will bring me. It will provide me an opportunity to train myself as a citizen journalist, creating a new audience and engaging them more effectively. It will enable me to reach my project mission through sharing my project with more women around the globe. I am ready to dive into this new challenge: the world of citizen journalism, using English as my second language. By doing so, it is empowering not just for myself but also for my students who are English language learners. For them to see me being successful in writing and publishing in English, I want them to think, “If She Can Do It, I Can Too.”

Comments

hannah's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your voice! Your project sounds effective and interesting, and I'm curious about how you incorporate photography into it.

Hi Hannah,

Thank you for reading my post and asking me this question.

I incorporate photography as media to better share stories with the world. Words are powerful but when combined with photography, it adds so much more depth and understanding to the stories. It is amazing how sometimes a single shot of a woman can tell a story on its own!

Here are some examples how I incorporate photography into my project. First, I want to mention that I use my photos to produce videos of women I interviewed, using Ken Burns effect. These short videos are then posted on my website as well as on my YouTube channel to share worldwide. Second, I also have been using my photos to create slideshows to present at many speaking engagements offered by schools, companies and organizations.

My next step is to publish more articles and eventually a book that includes my photos. I am not a professionally trained photo-journalist but I think the quality of the photos I take and stories that I bring to the world are compelling enough to grasp people's, especially women's attention and inspire all people. If curious, please check out photos at my website: www.mihoaida.com.

Thank you so much! Please feel free to get in touch with me again if you have more questions.

Best,

Miho

Miho Aida

Mirchii's picture

Outdoor advocacy-

Dear Miho,

This is an exceptionally well-written piece! I was browsing through your website and found some of your work to be truly inspiring. A lot of women on World Pulse, including myself, are still at the initiative stage of proper grassroots work.You seem to have made it through to the execution stage, and for that, I commend you! I especially love the way you have incorporated nature into an advocacy movement for women empowerment. Keep up the good work! Thank you for the inspiration.

Love and peace,
Mirchii

mihoaida's picture

Thanks!

Hi Mirchii,

Thank you for reading my post! Your comment made my day after working all day on editing a new video I am producing now. I will post this new video by the end of this week, so check it out next week at www.youtube.com/mihoaida. It is about Voices of Native American Oglala Lakota women speaking up for their effort to regain management of their land taken by the US government in 1942.

I am still very new to this community and figuring out how World Pulse works. But I am very lucky to hear from other women like you, encouraging me to continue my work. Sounds like you also want to be a writer? We can do it!

Love,

Miho

Miho Aida

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