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Information is Empowerment

Access to information is power, but dissemination of information online at your fingertips is empowering. How exhilarating it is to have the ability to communicate, network and ultimately inspire others through the technology and power of Web 2.0 both locally and on a global scale.

The freedom of Web 2.0 unites women around the world by means of social and new media. This is an opportunity readily available, even in a developing nation such as my county Papua New Guinea (PNG).

I have developed a desire to reconnect with the females of my village of Vabukori located here in Port Moresby (the nation’s capital) of Papua New Guinea. I reside in Port Moresby’s CBD area my village is a 15-20 minute drive from my house.

Social media such as Facebook, allows me to post my inner most thoughts and create dialogue. I recently created a page called “Vabukori Sisters Connect”. Honestly, I haven’t been consistent with it and as a result don’t have many members. My vision with this page as a Christian was to move to the next level of reaching out to other sister’s who may be facing hardships, domestic violence or even poverty. As a starting point to identify what small changes we can make to create a more positive environment for the women and children of our small village.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a pacific island nation with a population of 6.5 million and with over 850 different languages spoken, but social media is a global form of communication that everyone can partake in irrespective of your environment, as long as you have access. The international telecommunication company here called Digicel PNG has taken our country by storm since it was launched 4 years ago – currently 60% of PNG’s population are all Digicel users.

In 2010 Digicel PNG introduced broadband internet on their mobile phone handsets as well as DigiModems which come in the form of a flash drive (which I too use at home) to give Papua New Guineans access to the world wide web.

Most Papua New Guineans residing in rural areas and urban villages such as my village Vabukori face difficult circumstances and social issues that affect the local community on a day-to-day basis. Issues including but not limited to HIV/ AIDS, domestic violence, law and order problems, alcohol abuse and poverty just to name a few.

Web 2.0 tools are an extremely effective way of communicating to encourage, assist and empower our fellow women within our community and around the world. I am inspired by the various success stories I’ve read on World Pulse regarding how women around the world are using Web 2.0 tools to reach out and make a difference in their societies, I could definitely take a leaf out of their books. If they can do it I definitely can be more committed to my Facebook page created to reach out to my fellow sister’s in my village. And, maybe just maybe make a difference today for tomorrow.

Comments

Hiba's picture

Hi there! Thank you Gadona. I

Hi there!

Thank you Gadona. I enjoyed the read.

I hope you will be able to make a difference today for the betterment of tomorrow!

Best,
Hiba

PNG Gadona's picture

Thank u2

I apologize for the late response. Thank u 4the short message its encouriging 4me as world pulse is new to me.
God Bless u...

Frances Faulkner's picture

Connections

Dear PNG Gadona,

You have captured well the excitement of creating connection and the potential for new ways to support each other, especially in a place with so many languages. It's like a miniature world of its own. You know your next steps!

Best of luck.

Frances

PNG Gadona's picture

Up Lifting

Hi Frances,

Its up lifting to read comments from fellow World Pulse females such as you from the other side of the world.
PNG is full of potential - I can see it, I just hope other do to.

God Bless You!

Ruth

carolepng's picture

Commitment and Continuity

The biggest challenge in establishing new things is to try to keep the momentum going and getting people motivated to want to be part of it and for them to do it because they want to - I also face the similar with my voluntary organisation - with everyone located in all parts of PNG, communication is vital - and not only communication but constant communication and Web2.0 makes this much easier for us - We found out recently back in my home province that the reason why people were not getting on the internet or using blackberries how they are supposed to - was because they didn't know how to -
It'd be good for the communications company when bringing/selling the tool (mobile/dongle/blackberry) out to the people - to also have sessions on how to use the technology!

I encourage you to revive the "Vabukori Sisters Connect" and its true - social media allows you to express yourself regardless of when,how, what, where you are!

All the best! :-)

-We all have a special purpose in life. It is up to us to pause for a while, identify it, grab on to it and follow through -

PNG Gadona's picture

Psyching Me Up

THANKS SISTURR...

Seriously I should just keep the momentum with Vabukori Sisters Connect even if no1 responds or posts anything I should just keep it going...I mean you got me thinking as to why I started it, if my intention was to have people read and post everyday then obviously my intentions are not gonna get me anywhere...But for the sake of making noise and puting thoughts to post then definetly I need to keep keeping on with it.

Time to wake up and be consistent!

God Bless...

PNG Gadona's picture

Psyching Me Up

THANKS SISTURR...

Seriously I should just keep the momentum with Vabukori Sisters Connect even if no1 responds or posts anything I should just keep it going...I mean you got me thinking as to why I started it, if my intention was to have people read and post everyday then obviously my intentions are not gonna get me anywhere...But for the sake of making noise and puting thoughts to post then definetly I need to keep keeping on with it.

Time to wake up and be consistent!

God Bless...

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