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Ruling Masculinity and Web 2.0 For Women

Experience has shown that certain situations call for alternative measures. The existence of web2.0 has therefore demonstrated that women are great agent for change.

Unlike in the -80s, the opportunities provided now, by online portals have significantly influenced women activism, globally and locally. For example, one of the online success outcomes has been the establishment of the UN Women. The call for an independent UN Women, a campaign led by GEAR “The Global Gender Equality Architecture Reform” together with other Women Networks, effectively used the web 2.0 to gather across the globe signatories that supported the creation of an independent UN body purposefully to represent women's interest.

On the other hand, online portals have also have meaningful impact on women; socio-economically and politically. The significance of ICT for self-development and empowerment has catapulted my community women’s mobilization. Through which women’s issues have gained central focus not only at the local government but also on most international conversation. Example include; girls’ education in Cameroon, Sexual and Gender Based Violence against women; Breast Ironing etc.

The online space is very diverse and is always having new and voluminous flow of useful information about women and women's movement. And apparently, these portals have been a challenged to the ruling masculinity vision for ‘a better world for all’. Contradicting these views, feminists movement within the nation and abroad have recommends that states’ considerations for democracy, good governance and development and (or) states security etc., should not be divorce from gender imbalance or women’s insecurity challenges.

However, living in a society where the values uphold are extremely biased on women and girls; where women’s concern has been made to be seen as private only. All these therefore make the young people (women) feared to speak out, so as not to be regarded the ‘bad ‘ones or to not be sent to jail (prison) for challenging the political regime. In this case, web2.0 has certainly been an amazing platform for me to reach out to these young women, through my blogs,ZoFem, Facebook, Tiwitter/ZoFem Account as well as the many online programs like Women Under 30 in encouraging young women to standup and speak out for themselves. Through which a few young women are able to acquire the knowledge in clearly articulating their needs.

Additionally, the use of web2.0 has served as a broad window opportunity for me to find my voice too. Online media has exposed me to a lot of activisms occurring within my neighborhood and the globe at large. It has enabled me to benefit from mentoring sessions. It has also offered me the opportunity to network and share my experience on knowledge-based issues affecting women in my community without fear of any form of intimidation or tyranny dictates.

I believe that new (online) media is one of the very few medium where “If there is a book you really want to read, but it has not been written yet, then you (must / can) write it” (KhairuWorld).

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MaDube's picture

Wow

I had no idea UN Women came about in this way, and to think I have been searching for jobs within an entity whose creation I do not know about (blushing in a bit of embarassment). Thank you for sharing this Ziwoh :-)

zoneziwoh's picture

www women mobilization

Hi Dear, thanks for the comment. It is not easy to have a background history of every organ in this planet. As you know the UN Women campaign has been an action for for the last 4-5 years and alot of requests were submitted for this it to have been created. So, i just want to let you know that it is very normal to even be an employer (ee) in an institution and isnt aware of th e creation history. though, personally i dont encourage such attitude as i see it to be an act of laziness.

thanks for the remark.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

katyrdz's picture

young women

Hi there! I also think that the use of the web 2.0 is giving us young women the opportunity to understand and know about the issues that are happening in other places around the world. At least for me, these years have been of extreme learning. A few years back I never thought I could be organizing with girls from Africa, India, Asia or who knows!

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: young women

Hello, you are absolutely right. Web 2.0 has been a potential avenue for young women to speak. Being the active population in the community as youths ( young women), their zeal and quest for entertainment and resourceful knowledge has exposed them to the challenges brought forth by ICT, which definitely has been of beneficial – as they are able to use-re-used these portals to share their experiences.

Thank you for this valuable contribution

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Carlotta's picture

I liked the example of UN

I liked the example of UN Women and feel so inadequate for not knowing so many things that I'm discovering on World Pulse. There are so many intelligent women and you, Dear, are one of them. I really fell in love with this statement “If there is a book you really want to read, but it has not been written yet, then you (must / can) write it” (KhairuWorld). I write a lot of stories that i keep to myself and the statement spoke to me.

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you for the encouragement

Hi Carlotta, your words are very encouraging. I totally agree with you - there are so many new update on PW. Each day, I sign-up, I am thrilled at the happenings around the world.

I am also very glad to know that you love the statement. And I am sure that hence you will begin to share your stories not to yourself but to all.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

usha kc's picture

Hi zoneziwoh,, so power ful

Hi zoneziwoh,, so powerful and beautifully wititten dear.
I admire you writting skils. keep it on.

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank You dear Usha

hahah - dear sister, I wish you could see my smiling face. I feel happy to knowing that you admire my writing skill though i am still to improve- I am working so hard toward it.
Once more, many thanks for your comment - lookinnf for to Assignment 2. Have a happy weekend/ a joyful week begining

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Breese's picture

Ziwoh leads by example,

Ziwoh leads by example, showing us all how new media can be used to connect, express yourself, raise awareness, access resources, and empower yourself and others!

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: Leads by Example

poor ME!!! Breese, your words are so touching. I will always keep them in my mind. For True, we needs leaders who lead by example and not commanding and expecting others to do what they say and not what they do. Definitely PW is an example of a platform that produces leaders who leads by expel. It is an honor for me to be part of this network.

‘Lead by exple’ also reminds me about a long-time discussion I once had with my parents, and it was on issues in regards to religion as i remembered my father saying “...some people (Christians) keep saying 'Do what I say and not what I do, and till now I do not understand why they have to make such statement. For if Christ himself has said 'do what I say and not what I do'- how many followers would he had have?” I was so glad, surprised at the same time to hear my father makes such a statement - for I know him to be a very ardent Christian.

that is it - Leaders by Example we need.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

dbunton's picture

The Mentor

Ziwoh,

I can personally account for your social media activism, and your ability to provide assistance to the many women whom benefit from you networking and sharing of your experiences and knowledge.

"Web2.0 has certainly been an amazing platform for me to reach out to these young women, through my blogs, Facebook, Twitter account."

Good work Ziwoh, and thanks for giving me the chance to learn from your example!

Darren Bunton

zoneziwoh's picture

I am always happy reading from you

Dear Darren, you dont know how much I apprciate your comments. There are always very inspiring. Thank You!

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

sunita.basnet's picture

ZIWOH and New Media

Dear Ziwoh,

Waoo, I can see your activism through new media. As breese says "new media can be used to connect, express yourself, raise awareness, access resources, and empower yourself and others". I totally agree with her although there are some people who understand facebook and twitter as waste of time. I hope in the coming fuiture, New media will be a platform to raise the political issues from every corner of the world.

I totally agree with you that there are many of us who benefitted from means of new media.

Best wishes
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

zoneziwoh's picture

Absolutely True

Dear Sunita, I agree 100%. Very soon - I can already feel it because FB/Twitter is already been used to challenge incumbent government. Eg, my country (Cameroon), the young people are starting to appreciate the force of New/Social Media especially having witnessed the Recent MidEast/Northern Africa Unrest. And again, who would have imagined the in the UK some sort of riot will outbreak until manufacturers of Blackberries etc will be summoned by the UK PM for a dialogue in seeing how such gadgets will in future not have applications that can incite violence via web 2.0. Can you imagine? Meanwhile in Cameroon - it was so spontaneous that the government banned mobile twitter-that is since last year till now, mobile twitter especially those of MTN has been banned.

Those who don’t believe in the force of social media will very soon be taken unaware as it is taking politicians unaware. I believe strongly in FB , Twitter etc-you can even see that recently FB has re-design (reshaped) itself - for instance 'if on Sept 11th 2010, your profile status was 'PW is lIve' -rest assure that on Sept 11th 2011, FB will pops that particular status up as a sidebar advert--even included status that were written by ur friends on that same day and all other status that were written on 11th Sept.

Thank you dear sister. We keep in touch

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

olutosin's picture

Beautiful!

This has even given me the opporunity to know about the creation history of UN women. Thanks sister,

Web 2.0 is an instrument created for the educated and mistakenly taken over by semi illiterate women. We have successfully used it to market our products directly from the village and 2 weeks a go via facebook we got connected with a woman in far Asia who has never used a computer before but thru the son,s account she got connected with one another. We became one family.

In another development, the handiwork of twitter, fb and other web 2.0 is glaring in the revolutions around the World.

Keep on your good works Sissy!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Dear Sister, many thanks for your nice words. wao! I am so thrilled at the many surprises demonstrated by sisters especially regarding the UN Women. I tell you, in 2009 - there was a serious campaign for 3000 signatories on "Build a United Nations that really works for all women!" which i am glad to say I was the No 2,931st person to sign.

Web 2.0 is truly challenging the traditional media. (Smile) - "Web 2.0 is an instrument created for the educated and mistakenly taken over by semi illiterate women".

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Fungai Machirori's picture

Nice!!!

Well, I also didn't know about UN Women and GEAR and the online activism. Thanks for letting me learn about that! I really love the quote at the end of your piece... Make you really think about how Web 2.0 can be used in so many diverse ways for women to 'write their own books'. Good start! All the best for Assignment 2 :)

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: Nice

Very true Fungai. The web 2.0 is extremely diverse. Jus like what Olutosin said - this platform has provide invaluable opportunities for educated and less-educated people. Web 2.0 has proven powerful, most powerful to the extent that it can bring down the most powerful politicians in few seconds.

Imagine, unlike in the past - in order to get connected to friends, relatives etc--one would have to cover distance or post letters etc. but now, jus with a click - a single info is accessed by thousands of people. Isnt that an amazing opportunity to explore, and challenge our tyranny ruling masculinity.

Thank you for so much for your comment. I do look forward to reading your feedback in the subsequent task within the week.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Leina's picture

Dear Zoneziwoh,

Dear Zoneziwoh,
This was a beautifully written and highly informative piece.I equally learnt something new!,the genesis of UN Women.A beautiful start sis.more grease to your elbows,you are such an inspiration.
Much Love
Shekina

zoneziwoh's picture

Dear Sister, my Heroine

My sister, many thanks for the nice and encouraging words. You can’t imagine how excited I am reading your comment. I am pleased to know that I did offer something new in my task.
I look forward to reading your feedback in the subsequent assignment.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Potter's picture

Your passion clearly shows!

I really enjoyed reading your article. You give great examples of the application of web 2.0 and social networking. You make a very clear case for the potential power of this technology. Your lovely, encouraging voice is loud and clear. Thanks so much for the thought and talent that went into this post. I look forward to hearing more from you!

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you so much Dear Potter

Thank you so mucg for taking the time up to read through my story and my vision for web 2.0 and its implications to women activism. I am pleased to know that you share my my vision for the unstoppable power of ICT in enhancing women skills.
Thank you. I look forward to getting more of your feedback on my essays.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Linda M. Ando's picture

Courageous Voices Empowered!

Dear Sister Zoneziwoh,

THANK YOU for writing such a powerful piece of empowerment, advocacy and mobilization connecting women around the world to create change. You are an inspiring mentor who walks her talk with purpose and integrity. As Ghandi stated, we need to be the change we want to see in the world -- you are doing exactly that for so many courageous girls and women.

I look forward to reading more of your work as a citizen journalist. Keep INSPIRING, BELIEVING IN HUMANITY and the POWER of OUR VOICES.

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

zoneziwoh's picture

walk her talk.

Dear Linda, I can’t find the exact words to express my sincere feeling for your kind words. You just made my day, so bliss and peaceful. I love Gandhi, I enjoy his quotes. He was a great person. Besides, there is one thing I came to know about Gandhi which till date, I appreciate, was his repentance from being an abusive husband. I didn’t know that story of his until of late, I found that he was an abusive husband but repented from the abusive attitude which again makes me to love him more. Gandhi was a peace rebel, he advocated for peace and even as a father, he set the example. Thanks you so much. I wish u all the best.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you Zoneziwoh!

Thank you for sharing your story in such a powerful way. I learned so much! I too had no idea UN Women was created in this way. I'm inspired by the work you are already doing with social media.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

zoneziwoh's picture

Many thanks Dear AimeeK

Dear AimeeK, it feels so nice reading from you. I love your kind and encouraging words. It is so pleasing to knowing that our stories are knowledgeable. Thank you so much

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

mrbeckbeck's picture

Well done Ziwoh!

This is such a great piece! You've done a great job at highlighting some specific examples of what Web 2.0 has achieved, both around the world and in your own life.

I really like hearing what you have to say-- your voice is so engaging, and I learned something new!

Keep up the great work,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

zoneziwoh's picture

grand merci beaucoup

Dear beck, It feels so good to read from you. I am deeply pleased to read your feedback and also to knowing that my words are very engaging. Merci!
I look forward to reading from you again. Thanks

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

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