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Web 2.0: Women are overcoming barriers

Born in a suburb area during a crisis, chances of survival were limited for children born during my time hence the prevalent disease ‘kwashiokor’ caused by malnutrition. Survival milestones were limited for me considering my poor family background. Moreover I was a girl-child and as such ‘delicacies’ like egg and meat, if available, should be given to male children. Women at that level were helpless and ignorant. Access to empowerment via information sharing was not in view.

I live with a vision driven by everyday challenges. Growing up with an instinct to make a change, I desire that women be empowered to take full charge of their life. I cry out and in my culture, crying out means seeking attention, seeking for solutions, exploring avenues for better living. Solutions come as I meet and connect with women who share my interests and aspirations. Sharing information through social networks, I gain inspirations, motivations, supports. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Pulsewire. Pulsewire weaves me into a net of sisterhood where I live in a community of global women with a common focus to effect social change. I shouldn’t have had it better or faster through traditional letter writing and postal services. The chain-reaction to first post on my blog was awesome. I felt the power in women's solidarity. My tiny voice shouldn’t have attracted such attention from traditional media. I feel good and excited raising awareness, creating connections and building movements within minutes.

Web 2.0 has offered solutions to ignorance, giving women opportunities to learning. Knowledge is power, a knowledgeable woman is an empowered woman. Women have demonstrated abilities to effect social change, thanks to Web 2.0. With the platform, women’s voices are heard even from the most remote parts. Documentaries by women on YouTube are testimonies which expose gender stereotypes, inequalities, violence, marginalization, discrimination and abuse of rights. Women’s voices thus attract global interests and the focus impacts on policies of nations. Global women’s movements are overcoming frustrations limiting global information sharing. With less stress, movements now communicate across borders, hold interactive online conferences, share best practices and get motivations for the fight for a better world.

I study and learn through social networks that the world over, there is a war on women. Differences are only in names, dimensions and geographical locations. The subjection of women to washing toes of husbands and drinking the dirty water during Tij festival in Nepal is similar to experience of widows in Nigeria, Breast-ironing in Cameroun has same consequences on girls as FGM in Sudan. Women are making changes.Barriers to information sharing and dissemination are broken by Web 2.0 and access to first-hand information using Web 2.0 makes me understand that women in my community share same issues with other women. This gives me sense of belonging and confidence to discuss global issues using my own lens. Yes, my community is still hopeful that one day we will overcome difficulties and have easier access to the facilities, tools and platform provided by Web 2.0. We build synergies.

Celine

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

When people talk

When two people talk, barrier falls apart. The problem often in our world,one side talks ,while the other must listen. Why? because the other doesn't have the resource to match the volume of the former who has a loudspeaker on hand. Now, web 2.0 promises to be that missing resource the the other - the silenced women - can indeed talk as loud. The barrier has no option then but to fall apart!

Loved reading your article. God bless!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Celine's picture

Re: When people talk

Thank you Stella for reading and making comments.
Yes, the barrier will be broken with women speaking for themselves.

Celine

MaDube's picture

It's not tiny...

I love your post and your voice is not tiny at all. It certainly deserves to attract a lot of attention. Thanks to new technology I feel journalism has regained its integrity. If you read Fardosa Muse's account of the disaster and emergency situation in Somalia at http://worldpulse.com/node/43800 you will understand the gravity of the situation in that country better than you ever would if you watched Al Jazeera or such other mainstream media. She retells her story with the voice of one whose eyes see the pain and suffering every day. I can feel her pain in her words and that to me is what real communication of ideas, events and news should be about.

Celine's picture

Re: It's not tiny

Thank you for spending your time reading and making comments.
I appreciate your information, will read it right away.

Celine

Celine's picture

Re: It's not tiny

Thank you for spending your time reading and making comments.
I appreciate your information, will read it right away.

Celine

usha kc's picture

Ciline my dear,, what a voice

Ciline my dear,, what a voice your shared which is from your heart .
realy so powerful voice.
loved it very much sis.

Celine's picture

Hi Usha

Thank you for reading and making comment.

Celine

VeronicaO's picture

women's solidarity

Dear Celine,

I am so excited to know that we have such voice/s in my dear country. You have really explanied all the discrimination, stigmatization, and lots of negative attitude people have over persons living with disabilities. We need much more awareness to educate people on accepting everyone as they are. We all are disabled in one way or the other, but it is only when there is physical disability that eyes rolls and mouth waggles. But let's ask ourselves the question, What is a disability? Who is disable? It is quiet unfortunate that the medical model has penetrated into people's mind and trying to fix persons with disabilities. We need to follow the social model and make everyone live to their full potential. Everyone is capable of doing something.

Like you rightly said we need women solidarity to break this barriers. No body prays to be born differently from others. We need to accept each other just the way we are.

Please continue in your good work.

Veronica

vo

earthwindfire's picture

Women Are Overcoming Barriers

Thank you,Celine, for this inspirational piece about the value of Web 2.0. It is the hope of all women that
their stories be told and heard, respected and valued. The examples you cite about the 'war on women' is an
awakening or re-awakening about how much work needs to be addressed in freeing our sisters from the tyranny of
governments - legitimate and not. I agree wholeheartedly that 'a knowledgeable woman is an empowered woman.'
May empowerment reign wherever is is needed. Yes, the highway is dirty, but we will cleanse it one bit of trash at
at time, day by day.

revchristie's picture

Yes!

Dear Celine,

I am catching up on reading all of your posts. "Knowledgable women are empowered women" , yes and the wisdom that you are gaining from your experiences will accelerate the women standing strong as they are able with the way you are paving with your voice. Care for yourself as you are yourself a precious resource for healing in the world.

Christie

Celine's picture

Dear Christie, Thank you

Dear Christie,

Thank you Christie for reading and making comment. I hope and pray that the journey through VOF will increasingly accelerate the woman in me and greatly empower me to stand stronger using my voice.

Celine

Halima Mohamed Abdel rahman's picture

Wow!

Celine,

I wowed many times while reading your wonderful article on web 2.0. every line is stronger than its precedent, ideas are systematically well arranged and go directly to the core of the issue. This a well searched article, captivating and beautifully written. Your soaring voice made my body hair stands in awe. It seems that the dawn of women leaders rises via web 2.0 and quickly from within the World Pulse platform.
Hat off !

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