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Reclaiming my Voice

I think what excites me most about Web 2.0 is the power to ‘create’. My ability to express myself and voice my opinions is limitless as far as my imagination can go. Web 2.0 does not restrict me to a particular form or type. It costs less to publish using new media than traditional mass media such as newspapers. Except for the cost of internet access, it is free in most cases.

Web 2.0 has changed the way I communicate with my friends, colleagues, clients, partners, family and the global community. I got my first email account (Yahoo mail) in 1997 or 1998. In 2001, while studying for my Masters’ degree in the UK, I joined newsgroups and email lists to try to stay informed about topics that interest me such as law, art, fashion and travel. I now have Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, Skype accounts and subscribe to several email lists including some on PulseWire.

I can share my thoughts and reach a vast number of people at the same time by sending a tweet, posting on Facebook and using other social media. It also means that I get access to resources from other women all over the world on how they are tackling similar issues that affect me. This makes Web 2.0 an innovative tool for bringing diverse groups of women together.

Women generally find it harder to meet and discuss due to cultural barriers and family commitments. Web 2.0 makes it easier by allowing women to go online when they can and tell their stories in their own words. It therefore contributes to the global women’s empowerment movement as we can challenge gender stereotypes and focus on issues that benefit women. It also means that we eliminate editors who may feel uncomfortable about relating women’s stories or find reporting women’s issues unprofitable or controversial. It is all about amplifying our voices as women and Web 2.0 and new media provides a powerful alternative.

I joined Facebook to find old friends and network. I did not realise that it can be used as a tool for social activism until my organisation, started a ‘stop violence against women’ group in 2009. On twitter, I follow people and organisations that interest me and generally tweet or comment on issues of gender discrimination, gender equality, violence against women, child marriage, good governance, human rights, good cuisine, Art, and family life.

Web 2.0 provides this new media platform for me to reclaim, create and affirm. I want to raise awareness about social injustice and human rights violations. I want to campaign for an end to gender based violence. I want to write about our different roles and identities as women. I want to celebrate successful women. I want to listen to other women and share experiences. I want to support other women’s work and empower others. I want my voice to be heard.

Comments

Amei's picture

Voice!

I was just wondering about your title 'Reclaiming my Voice" and was thinking I am just learning to "Rejoice my Voice". There is a difference in the words we have used yet we have similar needs. We both want to be heard.

I am learning to use my voice through vocal and through written expressions. I am so glad I joined this forum.

I am looking forward to your posts

Cheers, Amei

Osai's picture

Thanks Amei, I believe our

Thanks Amei, I believe our joing world pulse is a refreshing experience. I totally agree with you about learning to use our voice both by speaking and writing. Looking forward to your posts too.

Best wishes,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

cmphung's picture

Reclaiming your Voice

I liked how you articulated the potential of what can be done through new media as only limited by your own imagination. It is nice not to be limited by technology, money, or other individuals.

It seems to me that it is not only a out reclaiming your voice but about enhancing and spreading your voice. I encourage to keep speaking out.

Cheers,
Charlene

Charlene Phung MPH

Osai's picture

Our voice

Hello Charlene,

Thanks for your encouraging post. I am inspired to do more.

Best wishes,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

Tari Andrea's picture

Yes you can make it!

Dear Osai,

At the first I read your personal story about the use of Web 2.0, i was feel the same! I meant, I have found the way to share my stories with fun and have connected with many people around the world who have the same interest, like PulseWire! I'm enjoying much this kind of tool as long as we know this brings solutions, actions, and some other benefits.

Therefore, we could find any related stories with just 'one-click' to start discussion by joining either forums, group-chat or mailing lists. Despite the fact that we have to look back at our community what's happening, what the things are needed to overcome problems, etc. Web 2.0 is also one of many tools which we can use.

Good luck for you anyway!

Tari
Indonesia

--
M&E of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Indonesia

"Be the change that you wish to change." - Mahatma Gandhi.

Osai's picture

Thanks

Hello Tari,

That we are connecting already shows the potential of 2.0 as you have also shared.

I look forward to many more connections, reading our stories and sharing with you and our community.

Thanks,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

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