A new world, A transformed generation!
I always knew I had a voice, I always knew I could speak out, but what I did not know was how I could do that and bring change to my community.
I had a lot of concerns I always wanted to voice out, as a woman in Technology, my concern was always with empowering more women to follow in the technology gap, I wanted to scream out loud, that look, I made it, you can make it, but I needed a platform to do that.
Then I developed another passion for my community, I wanted to cause impact in my community from the bottom up, how would I empower women from the grass root with economic opportunity and air out their stigmas? I needed a platform to air out women's suppressions.
And then the era of web 2.0 came in, I watched in amusement of how this platform can create instant change, my very profound moment and what really first got me into using web 2.0 tools for social change was when the uprising in the Egypt revolution started.
I followed their quest for freedom of their country Egypt and how they used web 2.0 tools to blog, tweet and facebook all proceedings of the Egyptian Revolution, I mean such things excite me about web 2.0, knowing that one by one, we can make a difference just logging onto the Internet and voicing our concerns. Watch this video of Alaa explaining the role of technology in the revolution here
Solutions that web 2.0 brings to the global women's empowerment movement are huge, now unlike the past we have a voice of our own, I prefer to call it, 'My bubble, My space, My voice' I can choose to write about anything that suppresses my voice, I can collaborate with more women out there who share the same passion as I do, we can share experiences and help each other, I think that is the biggest impact, that now we have a platform to express our views and let the whole world here us, loud and clear.
For me the web 2.0 tools are so empowering, first off, I have written about my pressing issues and someone out there is listening, I have been invited for conferences to speak, because people have read my blog and found out my passion and want me to share my passion with the rest of the women and girls. It is amazing to know that even in the secrecy of one's thinking spot, once you publish something dear to your heart, someone somewhere will be listening!
It is simply surreal what web 2.0 can do!