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"We live on Hope" as they saying goes.

For one am a Volunteer Community Social worker being the Voice of the voiceless for 13 yrs now dealing with the most vulnerable. I don't have a Computer and am not Internet Connected. So ui go through hell. I browse in Private CYBERCAFES where i pay a lot to check emails from World pulse. Also the Cybercafes are far from where i reside..

OBSTACLES faced money to go to browse to private Cybercafes. You find long ques those who have to browse so you wait and when like now am typing this journal it takes a lot of time thus making me not to complete my Journal and failing to air my Communitys views due to lack of money to pay the owner of the CYBERCAFE. In most cases, i owe the Private CyberCafe owner Money while i try to finish Journals and i dont have enough money,

RISKS I live next to Slums so when i am going home late am risking my life. Bandits Youth are so many due to poverty they ambush people even kill them to get their Mobile phones only.

I hope this one will be considered the money i have is not enough if i continue to type. For one, i have tried several entries infact since i became a member of World Pulse 2009 all in vain in that my poor Community has never benefited in any. I sent a Journal on CYBERCAFES my community to be provided with one, nothing happened. While Madam Jensine was visiting out Country Kenya, she sent me an email that about the CYBERCAFES she was coming to start in Africa, i thought my Community will benefit, but even time to come to visit my Area time ran out. There are those in Kenya who benefited but my Community did not.

The Youth and Women are desperate lot. they need Computers internet Connected to learn basic.

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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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Over the last month, PulseWire members from around the world expressed their 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.

This Action Blogging Campaign will not be the last of our efforts to advocate for universal access to the Internet. Here at World Pulse we hear your concerns and are committed to addressing them. As an online community of women leaders, we want to make sure that women’s voices and their specific concerns about this important issue are heard.

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