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WEB 2.0 : Tools for Global Women Empowerment

Web 2.0 is a web application that facilitates participatory information sharing and collaboration on the World Wide Web. The tools of web 2.0 has three parts namely; rich internet application, service oriented application and social media ( for podcasting, blogging, tagging, contributing, bookmarking and networking).

The excitement of using Web 2.0 has created a virtual community in a global village. It mutually maximizes collective intelligence, crowd sourcing and adds value to each participant by formalizing and creating dynamic information sharing.

Today you can practically perform the following on web:
• Share photos.
• Share videos with others.
• Update people with email.
• Engage with online communities.
• Communicate with many people and use their networks.
• Track issues relevant to ones campaign.

These listed performances have added these values to our daily living:

Values created for using Web 2.0:
 Disaster Management.
 eGoverment- Citizen participation.
 International partnership.
 Mobile Banking for grassroot.
 National Digital Strategy.
 Digital Education.
 Empowering Women

Web 2.0 also enhanced women empowerment by allowing the :
i. Building networks of relationships between different groups in society ( for example:
www.confidencecoalition.org )
ii. Fighting of discrimination, exclusion and excessive inequalities.
iii. Enabling of upward social mobility.

Women are the key resources in today’s based economies as greater participation in ICT would lead to more innovation and economic progress in the world .
There are also numerous examples of women gathering online to create virtual communities that help to advance towards a shared goal or solve issues pertinent to everyday life. These online networks manifest themselves through existing social networking tools such as twitter or facebook or can take the form of online discussion forum.

The limitations or challenges of this network to women are:
 No equitable Access.
 Language Problems (Majority are limited to English).
 Culture (Negative about women and girls/too modern).
 Lack of adequate skill/Low skills level.
 Affordability (Airtime/internet costs).
 Infrastructure (Connectivity problems.

Therefore, for greater network of women and global empowerment of women, every Government should find ways to ensure that women have access to Web 2.0 tools and have the necessary skills to do so. And to facilitative positive change, it is necessary to address existing gender gaps with respect to access to and benefit from new technologies.

Comments

Linda M. Ando's picture

Women Inspired, A Vision of Change!

Dear Sunbo,

Wow, I appreciate your comprehensive outline of the power and limitations of networking tools and social media for women. Bravo for stating loud and clear the powerful and key roles women have in economic progress and stability.

Your vision to create equitable access to Web 2.0 for women and girls around the world is critical for them to create the positive change which is waiting to happen. Thank you for believing and advocating for this change.

I would love to hear more about how technology has empowered your life both personally and professionally. I can tell you are a compassionate and intelligent leader, dedicated to empower women with knowledge and inspiration. Your VOF sisters stand with you and all the women in your community near and far!

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

sunbo55's picture

Inspiring Women

Thank you for your comments. These your words are realy inspiring and made me to want to jump on my computer and write more. I will write on the topic you mentioned and post it next week.

Best Regard.

Sunbo

Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from a Listener!

Dear Sunbo!

Great write-up! You really made a great effort to summarize the tools, platform, issues and modern practices going on both online and offline world. I hope to hear more about your personal work and experiences and how it has these technological changes over the past decade has changed your life and of the women around you!

Really great to have people like you on board and keep up the good work. I look forward to read more of your writings.

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

sunbo55's picture

Thank you

Iffiat thank you for the encouragement . I will surely write abou it.

sunbo55's picture

Thank you

Iffiat thank you for the encouragement . I will surely write about it.

sunbo55's picture

Technology

Dear Linda and Iffat you can now read how technology has empower my life and profession in my post of 26th September,2011.
Thank you.

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