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" Knowledge is Power"

“Knowledge is Power”
“Knowledge is power,” (Kofi Anan). One of the most powerful tools to empower women is educating them either by making schools, universities, organizations, read and write books, make videos, or by making a website to publish information. To go to school or university I feel as a compulsory responsibility or sometimes we don’t have the permission or the facility to go. Furthermore, by reading and learning from a website which has plenty of information, for example, when I read the broad issues and new information from world pulse, it excites me, and makes me think how it affects women, and what kind of broad changes does it make in my views and life.
Web 2.0 is like a spring of knowledge, information and opportunities. One of the examples of web 2.0 is World pulse website, which is very interesting for me that it connects women from every corner of the globe, and that they share their stories, traditions, and beliefs. Besides learning about each other, and having the opportunity to express them freely, they also become life time friends. They share their problems and ideas, receive suggestions, questions, comments, solutions, feedback, and help each other. Moreover, it broadcasts the abilities and changes that women make every day and by making those amazing women as role models it gives hope for other women.
It empowers women by giving them the chance to raise their voice without fear of being rejected, discouraged or blamed. For example, I have shared my research paper on my wall and I have received many nice comment, encouragement and appreciation of the way that I think! Interestingly, by sending it to my uncle he thought that I don’t respect my religion and some other negative thoughts…which embarrassed me. Moreover, it gathers women, forms a huge group to inspire each other and be more effective to inspire women in communities. For instance, As an Afghan girl who could support, I would be able to have a small step and help Afghan women toward their education, because at the moment “only 9 percent of primary school girls continue to secondary school,” ( Human rights Watch, 2005). Hence, by giving more knowledge, opportunities, and self confidence, it equips and elevates women's capacity.
Likewise, I can feel its effects in my life, I have learned a lot and I have become more confident. I have learned about the issues that I have never heard or thought before, like Genital mutilation or Sunnah for girls. Additionally, it has given me many opportunities. I could share my journals, get feedback on them, and improve my knowledge on the particular issue. Also By giving the opportunities to join in Voices of Our Future program I would be able to learn more and improve my capacity.
To Sum up, it is women who are the best catalysts to empower themselves especially by gaining a high level of education. One of the ways to learn, and have more information about today’s world is by using web 2.0.

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Jocelynbrazil's picture

What beautiful ideas

Thank you so much for your words! I was particularly inspired by your insight, 'it is women who are the best catalysts to empower themselves especially by gaining a high level of education'. I agree! I look forward to reading more of your writing and your insights into empowering women through sharing knowledge and connecting with global communities.
Thank you,
Jocelyn

marvah.shakib's picture

Thanks

I am really happy to have such good friends who encourage me a lot! I believe that encourage is like oil for the machine, it has really effected a lot in my life...
Thank you
Marvah

Marvah

rmweaver's picture

Thank you for adding your

Thank you for adding your voice! I especially liked your description of Web 2.0 in that "it gathers women, and forms a huge group to inspire each other and be more effective to inspire women in communities". I enjoyed reading your thoughts on how Web 2.0 can empower women.

I agree also that education is the key to lifting women. You said, "by giving more knowledge, opportunities, and self confidence, it equips and elevates women's capacity". You are so right!

I hope that you will continue to have the courage to tell your story and share your thoughts, just as you have with your research paper. It is great work and it took you a great deal of courage to post it. I hope that you will continue to find encouragement here at WorldPulse. You are adding to all of our knowledge by sharing your ideas!

All the best,
rmweaver

marvah.shakib's picture

Thanks

Thanks for you kind comment,
To mention, one of the things that i really love about world pulse is even if we post something not good enough we are not discouraged. however, To say about my research paper, i received very courageous comments from world pulse members, but beside all my resources and facts, after i sent it to my uncle he was really angry, and he rejected my argument. by the way, now i feel that what ever is the fact will get the side, even if it is wrong in some people's view, and i am very happy from World Pulse, I am really proud of these amazing members..
Thank you
Marvah

Marvah

marvah.shakib's picture

i am very sad :(

I am really really interested in this program, and i know how positively it will effect my life, but unfortunately, couldn't write week 2's assignment on time because of being very busy with the studies and also with the vedio that we are making by the name of " Women of Peace"me with a group of Afghan girls in Bangladesh .for this reason my lessons and my duties( being the leader of the vedio making group) have overlapped. I have a good news, and a very sad feelings..
The good news is that the vedio that we are making i will share it very soon with the world pulse as well, In the vedio we have the voice of girls from 13 Asian countries talking about women and peace.
Moreover, i want to ask some questions. can i submit later (tomorrow, Thursday)? can i continue writing assignments or i cannot do anymore?

Marvah

Carri Pence's picture

What an amazing post, and I

What an amazing post, and I am so happy you are feeling empowered by World Pulse, where your voice is not only heard but it is needed. I encourage you to ask Scott if you can continue with the assignments.
I look forward to reading more from you!

marvah.shakib's picture

Thank you

Thanks for your supports. I asked and he allowed me to posted i have just posted my week 2 assignment.
Thanks a lot! :) :)

Marvah

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