" 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.