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Web 2.0 and the global world

I am so passionate about Web 2.0 because it’s brings out the real me i.e Interacting and collaborating with likeminded people online through social media tools. Editing and uploading of audio and video clips addressing human rights issues on sites like Youtube. Sharing of information on sites like face book and twitter unlike a website which is passive- you only read the information provided.

Web 2.0 has helped a lot in promoting and protecting women’s rights and empowerment by helping to build a society where women’s issues all over the world are shared and discussed, women are encouraged to speak out and fights for their rights. For me, among other things, being able to speak out is an empowerment on its own

By virtue of my work as an assistant ICT Officer (in BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights), I know that after editing both audio and video clips that talks about women’s rights and empowerment., there are people, mostly women out there that this work will touch their lives positively.



Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Bilkis, I love that Web

Dear Bilkis,

I love that Web 2.0 brings out the real you! I think many women feel empowered when they are able to network with like-minded peers. I would love to know what information you like to share (audio, video, etc) that you mention above. It seems like in your job, you probably see the effect that Web 2.0 has on women's empowerment and promoting human rights--can you give us some specific details about how you think this is making a difference?

Your voices comes through loud and clear, and I can't wait to read your Week 2 assignment!

Kind regards,


"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

Thanks for your response and I'm so sorry for not responding immediately.
Let me start by introducing BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights- It is a non governmental, non profit organisation that works for the protection and promotion of women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under the religious, customary and statutory laws in Nigeria.

As part of BAOBAB's program, BAOBAB organises the program "16 days of activism" yearly and BAOBAB involves both women and men (We call them "Men Against Violence Against Women"). these group of men go out to the community to advocate for the rights of women.

2009 "16 days of activism" include men's walk to a popular market in Lagos State in Nigeria, advocating and engaging both men and women in interactive discussions on the rights of women. A short play was also staged in the market to pass across the message. A short video clip was edited and uploaded on You tube via this link

You can also check our podcast link: Stop Violent Punishment Against Women Radio Campaign in Borno State Nigeria

It is a radio program addressing a lot of issues regarding women.

I would be glad to respond to any questions you might have regarding the video and audio clips


Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Thank you Bilkis, I'll let

Thank you Bilkis, I'll let you know if I have any questions! What great 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

judyschiller's picture

Hello, Bilkis, I enjoyed

Hello, Bilkis,
I enjoyed reading how Web 2.0 has touched you personally--making you feel interactive and collaborative--the "real you." That's wonderful because we should all feel that we have the opportunity to "be real," at least somewhere if not all the time. :)

I didn't know what an "ICT Officer" was, (Google solved the mystery for me), so a suggestion that if you use abbreviations to write out what they stand for, especially with all the world "Englishes" that are out there. ;)

Like Rachel, I was intrigued by what information you share that help empower women. If possible, specific examples are always enjoyable to read about (like the examples of how you feel).

All the best as you get ready for week two,
Judy Schiller

suzanna of c's picture

Week I


It is so positive to touch the life of a woman around the globe who is doing this work and can share it with others. I hope you will be able to share those videos with us in some format. I would like to hear more ideas about the content of your work, and am sure that one idea can spread good fire to us all.

Susan Hoffman

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