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My virtual teacher;web 2.0 and Me

I have been using different platforms under web 2.0, but was particularly unaware about its technical term. So, this was the first excitement for me. As it is generalized that women are not so active in the technical field, this added technical knowledge about web 2.0, was the first thing I shared among my friends, to start my day at the college. Facebook, blog, twitter, youtube, are some web 2.0 I have been accessing since long to serve my needs of personal and professional life. No wonder it has made my life much easier and enriched my knowledge to great extent. Adding to this, it has also been a platform to put forward my opinions and get rational feedback to groom myself. Hence I regard platform web 2.0 as my virtual teacher, mentor or guides name it.
I feel very fortunate to have access to internet, especially new media because in my country, Nepal internet is accessible merely to twenty percentage or even less of the total population and without doubt women are more deprived of this opportunity. The new media however recently has been playing a vital role in bringing up the voices of men and women from around the country. One recent example is the case of Anuradha Koirala, a social activist working for rescue, rehabilitation and protection from human trafficking in Nepal. She was announced as the CNN hero for the year 2010 through online voting followed by another International Manhe Prize by Manhe Foundation based in South Korea. Follow the links to know more on her http://aussienepali.blogspot.com/2010/11/anuradha-koirala-we-salute-you...., http://www.maitinepal.org/index.php. This is one of the best examples to cite the influence new media can have to empower women. The initiative of Anuradha Koirala has been getting support by large number of facebook and twitter users. Moreover, Anuradha Koirala from her organization, Maiti Nepal, has been bringing out different newsletter and cases of the trafficked women through voice records in the section “maiti ko sandesh”. Well this is just one case, but a very strong one to address the social issues and to bring about change in the existing vulnerable situation of trafficking of children and women in Nepal. The recognition from international community has certainly helped the organization to strengthen its efficiency and has boosted self dignity level of rescued victims of trafficking. Moreover, personally I feel more aware and informed about the state and vulnerability of being trafficked. I came to know of it from facebook and have provoked me to make the best use of the opportunities available to me. It might be too vague or cosmetic to say that I am reaching out to help those victims which is not so, however indirectly I feel connected to them and feel responsible to make the best out of my life, and for the global community where I belong. For me, empowerment starts from being aware and I am in the path towards awareness and empowerment as a whole. I must acknowledge web 2.0 for this empowerment.

Comments

Dextra's picture

Great!

Krita, I like how you have illustrated the way in which web 2.0 has been effective within your own country to raise awareness about and support for the important issue of human trafficking and then how it has changed your thoughts, perceptions and actions about and with others in this position. And isn’t it funny when you hear something like “Web 2.0” and it sounds big and complicated but then you realize that you actually know a lot more than you thought – I enjoyed that part of your story and smiled when I read it! I could feel your excitement at that realization. Continue your own empowerment Krita, through increasing your awareness and sharing what you are learning with your friends!! Way to go Krita!

krita's picture

Thank you Dextra for your

Thank you Dextra for your encouraging words and finding the time to read and make me feel good about what I have written. As I have already mentioned I was quite fascinated with the known but unknown term Web 2.0. I will be looking forward to such support of your in the days to come as well. This has really encouraged me to do better. And YES, Thank you once again. :)

KRITA

atwahirwa's picture

new media to empower women

Krita, from the experience in several developing countries such as in Subsaharan Africa and Asia, women are described to be the category which has always experienced difficulties to get access to internet..Accessing to social network is not a problem, but local infrastructure is.. Internet use, in general, remains low in in these regions, but internet users access Internet through mobile phones is slightly increasing... and this has been so far described as a user friendly technology whereby women can access to social networks such as Facebook etc as a way to improve peer-to-peer networking..thanks for your valuable inputs

AIMABLE TWAHIRWA

krita's picture

thank you Aimable for taking

thank you Aimable for taking interest in my post..and yes the things you have shared is very true and same is the case in Nepal. looking forwards to get more feedbacks in my upcoming post as well...thanks a lot :)

KRITA

Hiba's picture

Hi Krita, It is interesting

Hi Krita,

It is interesting to read through your post.

I sense an eager change agent in you, and I hope that you become well empowered to serve women with innovative and context-sensitive solutions – solutions that would help raise more worthwhile voices, like yours, and echo real and constructive change!

My best wishes to you,
Hiba

krita's picture

Thanks Hiba. I am really

Thanks Hiba. I am really flattered as well as encouraged by your words that describe me as a change agent. I am hopeful that I will reach somewhere with encouraging friends like you in this path of change. Once again thanks a lot dear. :)

KRITA

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