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The internet access! It’s like miracle for me. When I look back to my past I hardly can believe these day’s changes. Those days, I hardly had heard about the Telephone, Computer, and Television. Moreover the internet was so far from my thinking.
Post office was the only way for communication so that we should used to wait for a long time almost a month to catch the reply from our relatives and friends. No telephone was there in my village, we should walk 2 hours to use it in governmental telephone communication office. I first caught the telephone after passing out my high school education and came to Kathmandu the capital city. That time telephone was miracle for me. Day by day, the technology became so advanced and dispersed its availability. Computer, telephone then became use to for me. Gradually, I became known about the internet. I started to use internet during graduating. Slowly, I became cognized using email-internet. And now it’s been an undivided friend for making my life easy and informative.

Internet access and my life:

Internet access is a powerful tool to make global as own village. Like same as other feel, accessibility of the internet is most important to make own life valued and awakened.
Internet really has made my life cherished in every aspect. It has taught me to use the time for getting more new information, to be connected with friends and family within a minute, to be aware about the global issues (like as human rights, adverse effect of climate change, woman related issues and so on), to find out friend from across the globe, to share and to view the different voice from the different people worldwide and many more.
Internet has saved my time to search for things related to my study, related to my hobbies, related to health issues. When I hear some new issues/ news I first surf the internet to be more informative and that helps me to be aware. When I get any confusion about any issues, meaning of words, confusion about some rumors, internet is first thing to come in my mind to be informative and that has helped me a lot.
When my daughter was sick due to UTI and Dr suggested to use antibiotic by vein, I was worried and did surf internet about the side effects of that mentioned antibiotic and I was scared when I saw the possible bad effects of that medicine and decided not to use this but in place of that I discussed with Dr and found out the other good way. This experience is what made me so positive to access the internet.
Internet access has carried lots of fortune so that I found out the World pulse and I have been introduced so many friends from the world that really has made me cheerful.Listening the voice of friends in world pulse has energized my shady feelings and I always have been inspired to do something good. I thought I am not alone having same feeling but I have many friends to support my voice which is amazing indeed!!
As I felt always good and helpful, Internet is very important for all human beings and we women most have it to raise our voice loudly and to be aware on women related global issues.

Obstacles:

Obstacle with me is power cutoff by state and slow speed. If I think about the women from very remote villages where they have been still live their lives as in Stone Age, how can they have facility to access internet so that lack of development of basic infrastructure is main cause to be bereaved from it.

Lastly, I would like to remind that everything has both sides good as well as bad. And Internet also is not exceptional. It also has both bad and good side. Like as, if we use fire we can cook food, get warm but if misuse it converts our life into ash in few seconds. Similarly, use in a good way of internet access is very great and useful to us otherwise misuse can just wastes our time, make our mind and body dull and also can creates unwanted problems.
I prefer that every state should have cyber law so that we can feel safe from cyber crimes.
As internet access meant to me a lot; I wish that every country, every society, everybody must have internet availability, it must be the fundamental rights to everyone including women.

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In a time when freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What does "Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom" mean to YOU? This month, we invite you to raise your voice by writing about the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet, or how you have used it to change lives and bring about positive change in your community. Click here to learn more about this campaign and how to participate.

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Amei's picture

Good on you Usha

I understand your obstacle of "state power cuts" also called as "load shedding". Access in Nepalis difficult in the remote areas as you said. One day I walked more than a half and hour only to find out it was "load shedding" time.

I do hope access to internet improves with other more basic needs for the Nepal people who live in the country away from big cities.

All the best Usha

usha kc's picture

Thank you Dear Amei,, yup ,

Thank you Dear Amei,, yup , load shadding is one of the serious problem though Nepal is rich in water sources.Many remote places still do not consist any basic infrastructures like Transportation,electricty.

Hope positively but due to political interpose it may take indifinate time!!.
Thank you again for your words on my writtings.

zoneziwoh's picture

This is beautiful

Dear sister, this is beautiful. Myself, I cant imagine how things have changed so fast. The rate at which things change inspires lots of hope, as many people now believes that nothing shall remain permanent.

I agree with you that to every good side, there is the bad side.

Your testimony reminds me of one BBC special report that was aired last month, and the issue on air was about Physicians, Medical doctors sourcing info on Wikipedia to prescribe medication to their patient. The program rose lots of debate with people against and for.

Stay Blessed

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usha kc's picture

ZoneZiwoh sister, Thank you

ZoneZiwoh sister, Thank you so much for giving your valuable time to read it. Thank you again for good comments it really made me energized.
be in touch.
love

Farona's picture

Very Personal !

Thanks for you account Usha ! I enjoyed and learned a lot. You beautifully explain how it has impacted your life and I hope it continues to enrich!

For your daughter’s treatment, it helped you a find an alternative way of treating which many doctors don’t give a second thought while recommending. I experienced a similar incident when my sister was suffering from TB a few months ago.
It feels surreal that only few years ago you had to travel for 2 hours to access a telephone!

May I know the percentage of internet users in your country?

usha kc's picture

Dear Farona,, Thanx a lot

Dear Farona,, Thanx a lot dear for your beautiful comments and the time you provided to read it.

By the way, due to poverty,lack of education,lack of infrastructure,unsound politics has playd a role not to increase rapidly. Approximately 2-3% are internet user. But rate has been growing day by day it's good.

Thanx again, keep touching.

Over the last month, you and other PulseWire members from around the world expressed your views on the importance of Internet access, and the barriers they face. The testimonies address real barriers—like cost—where paying fees at an Internet café can mean skipping a meal that day, or battling frequent power outages can make blogging one post, a multi-day task. Women have also shared security risks faced in connecting online—from the dangers of walking to and from Internet cafes to government censorship. Yet despite the challenges and risks women endure, what has emerged is that the benefits of Internet access outweigh these challenges, and connecting to the web has enabled friendships across oceans, access to fellowships and funding opportunities, and a venue for any woman—anywhere—to have a global voice.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, emphasized the vast benefits of Internet access in his report to the Human Right Council arguing that access is a universal human right, and urging governments around the world to pass laws protecting the freedom of internet access and information. "Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," - Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur and author of the report.

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