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week 1

What excites me most about web 2.0 is that it provides us women the airtime and space to voice out our challenges and strength,form networks and mobilize for social change.
The media,both print and electronic portray women as sex objects instead of partners in progress with men.The reason for this is not far fetched.Women occupy just 1% of the top positions in global media,giving way to only 16% of global news stories focus on women.In addition about half of all news stories reinforce gender stereotypes and only 19% of all experts cited in global news are women.
Coupled with the insignificant percentage of women at decision making positions,no media can portray us more than our own medium-web 2.0.With the use of web 2.0,we will have time and space to call our own,voice our challenges,share and learn from women across the globe with a view to finding interventions to our challenges and imbibing best practices.But,most importantly to celebrate ourselves for we can not wait for anyone to count our blessings.Like the agama lizard,we will nod our heads in praise of our successes.
I look forward to using web 2.0 to tell the world about women in my community...the voiceless.They are only to be seen not heard.Web 2.0 is their voice to the world.


Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Jummai, You have some

Dear Jummai,

You have some really great points in your assignment, but I would have liked to heard just a little bit more. For instance, what about your community do you want to communicate to the world and how will that change their situation? How are you currently using Web 2.0 to empower yourself?

Keep up the good work!


"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

Don't wait for anyone...

Hi there!

I loved your line that with web 2.0 women can use it "to celebrate ourselves for we can not wait for anyone to count our blessings." How true!? PulseWire is full of women eagerly connecting to share success and challenges alike. Through connection, we have great possibility.

Thanks for posting here!


PS-- I have to look up the "agama lizard"... what's that?

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

jam_them's picture

Don't wait for anyone

Hi Scott
Thanks for your comment.The agama type of lizard has red neck.That phrase is Nigerian.The story has it that the lizard fell down from a palmwine tree unhurt.It then nod its head in self -praise,saying if no one will appreciate it,it will praise itself for the great feat.

Together our future is bright

jam_them's picture

Voice of the voiceless

Hi Rachael
Women in my community are hardworking.The work round the clock...the week....the month ....the year to ensure that the provide for their families.They dont see the need to help themselves be fit enough to extend to the family.Culturally,the women have been conditioned to think that they are only good for the farm,making babies and satisfying the husbands sexual desires.Many believe so,afterall which other world do they know?
I have told many women in my community about pulse wire...the stories.Many have expressed their desire to join the pulse world if i can send their stories and comments because some have not set eyes on the computer while some have and cannot operate.I have collected some stories which i intend to post on their behalf.One of the women said 'you mean women overseas also have problems?

Together our future is bright

Jan K Askin's picture

VOF week 1 assignment

Dear Jummai,

Your use of statistics prove the grim status of women world wide. As mentioned by a previous listener, the agama lizard is unknown to many outside of your continent. It is an apt and effective metaphor when the story is explained.

Your sister in the US, Jan

Jan Askin

jam_them's picture

week 1

Hi Jan
It feels good to know that you appreciate my work.

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