2011 VOF WEEK 1 - "GLOBAL SISTERHOOD"
What I find most exciting about web 2.0 is the fact that I can easily make my voice and opinion on serious gender issues and experiences in Africa heard around the world at an amazing speed and I do not need anyone's approval or disapproval to air my views and also women from around the world and different cultures have the freedom to read and post comments on my articles and likewise. Web 2.0 is like a melting pot of cultural knowledge and experiences for me as I find it very interesting when I see the similarities in many of the problems women have in different societies around the world. Through the stories shared by other women, it gives me the understanding that PAIN is the same irrespective of skin colour, religion or geographical location.When you marry off a twelve year old girl and she is put through the harrowing task of having a child when she is also a child, the damage and trauma can be felt and understood by many.
With regards to solutions for global women's empowerement movement, it is a cheaper and more secure way to reach out to a global community of like minded people who share similar passions and goals as long as they have internet access.It is an easy way to put heads together for positive results with long term effects.For example, if it is my desire to start a counselling centre for reproductive health, I can easily create a group or blog on any of the social networks as a way of reaching out and through this medium, I can get most of the help I need.
WEB 2.0 Empowerment for me is the fact that I do not need anybody's approval or judgement to think aloud in words and pictures, of my choice. It is also the baby to gaint steps I need towards a world where my views and opinions are not judged because I am a woman.