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Gender Equality

In my environment gender equality for women is a no go area. Women are to be seen and not heard, they are seen as able appendages to men. There to cook and feed them, to take care of their children and to be hailed for giving birth to more males than females.

Gender equality is seen as a fabrication of westerners to engage feminism in the social strata of the nation. However the problem is not gender equality or the patriarchal system in itself, it is that the women pride themselves on falling into these roles and excelling in them. The average woman does not have a problem in foregoing her rights to a man, whether a father, brother or husband.

Mentally women reason that rebellion doesn't pay so it is best to keep these roles. What really excites me about Web 2.0; is the ability to create an environment where gender equality can thrive and bring changed mindsets to women in a variety of ways.

Use of the internet and all its features is not limited to men; even the strictest societies embrace that. Both women and men can now use the internet. Some women have been found to be specifically gifted in working with web 2.0 features which has made them invaluable in the environments they live and work in.

Because of this access, a subtle change has come into the way women are seen. Women scientists have increased especially in the area of Computer Science and Information Technology. Women who have graduated in these fields are now allowed as staff on oil rigs and other male dominated work enclaves where they could never have dreamt of participating in previously.

Women now have a stronger voice in leadership. Political aspirants, women participation in electoral activities are actively using the Web 2.0 features to promote an engendered environment sociopolitically. The use of Blogs, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter are all features promoting gender equality and the advancement of the status of women.

Whether all this was planned, intended or not, all these features coming from Web 2.0 are making women and girls in my country relevant, The types of jobs that were once available to men only are now available to both women and men; the only requirement being who does the job best.

The ease of access to information and learning through Web 2.0 is also enormously attractive as a tool of promoting gender equality in our society. Women in grassroots communities have access to the same information people in urban communities have. Young girls can build up and advance their creative thinking through "googling" class assignments for scoring higher grades.

The impact of Web 2.0 on education is fantastic in opening up the world to people who would ordinarily never be able to have access to an international culture. The ability of Web 2.0 to create an engendered environment where women themselves change culturally to embrace feminism as an advantage and not a negative is what excites me the greatest about Web 2.0 right now.

Comments

katharinejoann's picture

So inspiring!

What a great post. I particularly like what you say in the beginning about Westerners, which is always something to which I try to stay sensitive. And I totally agree that Web 2.0 has had such a huge impact on education, especially in underprivileged and marginalized communities around the world.

Katharine Relth, MA
Researcher | Media Analyst | Writer
twitter.com/katharinejoann

larawilliams's picture

thanks Katharine.

thanks Katharine.

Adelma A.Linatoc's picture

Web 2.0 is the answer

Hi Katharinejoann'

Yes maybe in your community gender equality is not an issue and it depends maybe upon every individual if they don't feel that they are not being treated equally in the society.I can share to you that since I started working with the rural and urban poor communities,with the informal settlers,with the family of migrant workers, family of children in conflict with the laws( CICL )as well as having the opportunity to see the situation of those children in prison i am convinced that i have my part for equa change of opportunity in the society.
A lot of women now excell in line of polilitics like our two former president and more women in government positions as well as in a most sensitive one like the Human Rights commission.

OliviaCoetzee's picture

Equity maybe more then equality?

Hi Katharine

Thank you for your post I have a question for you, " Why is it that their is a need for us as woman to strive for equality?" I see every being as having differences that make them who they are abd because of this should we not be striving for equity instead?

mrbeckbeck's picture

Interesting...

Olivia,

I think you make a very interesting distinction here... a good thing for all of us to think about as we write and work for women.

Thank you,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Lara, I really enjoyed

Dear Lara,

I really enjoyed reading your assignment. I think that you are correct that one of the most powerful ways to change gender discrimination is to change the mindset of women. And I think that Web 2.0 does create tools to help us see ourselves differently and perhaps give us the courage to break out of those roles!

I would love to know more about how you personally find Web 2.0 empowering and what you are doing with it today? Also, would love to know more about how you view feminism--as I think you are correct that many countries outside of North America and Europe view it as a very "western" creation.

Keep up the good work!

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

mrbeckbeck's picture

Good work!

Hi Lara,

Yes, with the world at their fingertips, women are excelling across the world. It is an exciting time for the women's empowerment movement, as women are able to create positive visions for their lives.

I too would have liked to have known more about the ways Web 2.0 is impacting your life on a personal level, but this story was a great insight into your views on the world and how technology can help make things better for women.

Thank you for sharing your story with the world! I look forward to hearing more from you.
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

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