Just how world wide is the web for women?
In the last four weeks I've had the privilege of reading the journal entries from women around the world who are hoping to take part in World Pulse's Voices of the Future social media training.
Reading about the hopes and aspirations of women living in places like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Afghanistan it is clear that they are inspired by the opportunities social media offers for building community and for activism. Many of the women expressed frustration at the limits placed upon them in their cultures - and were hopeful about the opportunities the web offers for expression, communication, inspiration and action.
Problems of access such as intimidating atmospheres in internet cafes which makes them no-go areas for women, high costs of internet access and erratic internet connections have been mentioned by women on World Pulse.
A recently launched scheme Mwomen, which is supported by Cherie Booth and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to increase mobile phone ownership among women was mentioned by Bilkis Olagoke in her journal.
How important will mobile phone technology be in enabling more people to have access to the internet?
I'd be really interested to hear about the problems you and women in your community face in accessing the internet.