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Freedom, Power, and Change - Web 2.0

When I think about Web 2.0, the one word that comes to mind is – Freedom. Merriam Webster defines freedom as “the absence of constraint in choice or action”. That really resonates with me. It prescribes an existing condition; a state of being that knows no bounds and is pretty much self-defined. I believe Web 2.0 has done just that in today’s society. It has enabled people connect, share visions, and create new realities regardless of geographic location. I can be tucked away in my little studio in Nowhere, USA, but capable of audaciously stamping my presence globally. Simply by stringing thoughtful words and letting them go viral with one click, on a blog or personal webpage. Voila! Social dialogue with others of similar interests. I am amazed just how powerful of an instrument and highly adaptable Web 2.0 can be in the hands of its user. In an instant, hundreds of students and professionals congregate into second-life classrooms for lectures, and meanwhile elsewhere, global breaking news is being delivered in seconds via wikis. Nonstop activity 24/7! Now in the 21st century, creative technologies like smart phones that enable continuous access to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, have certainly contributed to this freedom of expression.

Web 2.0 also unquestionably brings a new and powerful dynamic to the women’s empowerment movement. Opportunities to raise awareness on significant issues or ignite mass action are limitless! Ideas can be shared and nurtured into reality. For example, in one click I can donate to CAMFED an African non-profit organization that empowers women and girls by providing resources, access, and skills to effect change in their lives and communities. I can even opt to partner with village leaders in rural Milala, Malawi, and educate the children in their community.

Earlier this year, I started a personal interest project called ”Threads of Our Fabric” using Survey Monkey, after several encounters with young women like me who have experienced the "oh so many joys" of immigration. Oftentimes, life situations force them to break away from familiar cultural patterns but burden them with a profound chiasmic internal turmoil. Most of the responses indicated having experienced endless fluctuations between embracing one’s unique roots and rejecting one’s identity of origin because it is quite different from their peers. Thus far I have surveyed 97 African young ladies from Sweden, Germany, and the U.S.! I am really looking forward to the many more voices of young women willing to share their story to this project. It was recently featured in MIMI Magazine Blog, an online source for what is “happening” in Africa or the African Diaspora.

The web has certainly expanded the reach of resources particularly to remote parts of the world. With one click, I can empower women and girls globally change their lives whether by financially furnishing access to quality education, or by implementing programs that provide them with important life skills. Thereby, giving women and girls throughout the world freedom to be...

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alia's picture

our freedom would come when

our freedom would come when we can click on somthing we can call it " HELP ME " and find alot of women say "WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ",i hope to see that one day :)

a good story SAsong

best ,
Alia

SAsong's picture

Thanks Alia

I concur...and I think World Pulse is just that kind of community and it is growing through word of mouth.

Claudia's picture

Nicely put!There is so much

Nicely put!There is so much room and space to move about in Web 2.0, something that has not always been afforded to women (i.e. space).

I really like your statement, "Web 2.0 also unquestionably brings a new and powerful dynamic to the women’s empowerment movement. Opportunities to raise awareness on significant issues or ignite mass action are limitless!" Yes, they are!!

Claudia's picture

Nicely put!There is so much

Nicely put!There is so much room and space to move about in Web 2.0, something that has not always been afforded to women (i.e. space).

I really like your statement, "Web 2.0 also unquestionably brings a new and powerful dynamic to the women’s empowerment movement. Opportunities to raise awareness on significant issues or ignite mass action are limitless!" Yes, they are!!

SAsong's picture

Hi Claudia

Thanks so much for the kind words. All the best :0)

Linda M. Ando's picture

Freedom to be.....

Dear SAsong,

I appreciate the strength and passion of your words and thoughts regarding the FREEDOM and POWER women have with the access and usage of web 2.0, it is AMAZING! You lead by example and empower women to share their unique experiences and create positive change from wherever they may be -- yes, FREEDOM to be. As I read your piece, I envision you as a BEAUTIFUL and STRONG bird soaring high in the sky.

It is wonderful how you started "Threads of Our Fabric" to outreach and build a global community of women like yourself who bravely spread their wings to new countries, lives and complex development of one's cultural identities. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more of your entries!

With Gratitude,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

SAsong's picture

BEAUTIFUL and STRONG

Thank you my sister....I appreciate your words and I can envision the image of the free bird. It sounds as you may have some experience of country-trotting...I am still data collecting if you or others you know would like to fill out the survey. Every voice matters - Click here to take survey

I also concur that Web 2.0 is incredible!! I left when letters were the only means of communicating, but through facebook and other social platforms I have been re-connected with friends that I have not seen or talked to in over 14yrs!

Thanks for your support :-)

SAsong, this is a great write up. Am totally impressed...huh!!!
The zeal in pursuit of more knowledge of Web 2.0 has made me pack my bags ready to travel to Molo in Kenya(A place I have never been to) to attend a "Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity" sponsored by the The Technical Centre for rural cooperation ACP EU(CTA). I must confess that Web 2.0 tools have empowered me and it's my dream to see more young girls and women get empowered like I did.

Way to go SAsong!!!

Regards
Maureen

SAsong's picture

Keep Pursuing

Hi Maureen - Thanks for your comments. Have you already left for your roadtrip! You an inspiration to follow what "moves" you! Keep being brave and bold, most of the time it is not what you say but what you do that touches others and motivates them.

I look forward to seeing the impact of this incredible learning opportunity for you :-)

Peace and hugz!!

~Sharon

efe's picture

good work

nice to know that you are reaching out to a largely ignored community

SAsong's picture

Thanks Efe

After meeting a number of young ladies like me, I think I became empowered based on the simple fact that I am not alone...That gave me the courage to seek out others who may have similar stories or completely different.

I am still collecting the survey on Threads of Our Fabric you are welcome to fill it out or you can pass it on to others you may know who may be interested in filling it out...Click here to take survey

Thanks and hugz!!

Shell's picture

Freedom!

I enjoyed your entry and especially your reference to freedom. Its a great way to demonstrate what you've heard, known, seen, and use it to express your thoughts and feelings. I'm not sure if I've ever looked up the exact definition of freedom, so it really helped to paint a picture. I'm very grateful for some of these ways we are able to communicate, more importantly connect, with others, especially when there is a great distance in between. one world. one love. Like you said, an opportunity to inspire and be inspired, to learn and grow from one another.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Cheers!

Shell

Carri Pence's picture

You are an amazing writer,

You are an amazing writer, where your ideas are influential and your views are beautiful. Your activism is powerful and I am glad you are globalizing you knowledge and positive voice here on PulseWire and on the internet overall. I truly am excited to read more from you, knowing that I can learn so much through your words.

Best,
Carri Pence

SAsong's picture

Thank you

For the encouragement and sharing in the excitement about the limitless possibilities of the future. I wish each of your courage, endurance, and joy as you work within your sphere of influence to paint a beautiful creation. Hugz!

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