Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

The Power of Web 2.0

The far reaching power of web 2.0 in aiding information dissemination, information sharing, networking, and alliance formation cannot be underestimated globally, especially in the area of citizens’ journalism.

Web 2.0 applications are just like the cement that holds people together irrespective of their cultural background, religious belief, race, and social status or geographical locations as they relate on issues and share information that affect them as individuals or groups.

The exciting aspect of this platform is that one can send messages or information from the comfort of her bedroom in Nigeria to someone in Nepal or Germany and get instant feedback. One can also form a community of people with like minds to connect, share experiences, air their views on topical issues that affect them and work towards proffering solutions on the problems they are faced with.

For me what excite me most about the web 2.0 was that the Nigerian café was formed on online (the PulseWire community) and some of us came together from different parts of the country (Nigeria) even from outside country, because Fatima Waziri, a Nigerian who is based outside the country was around late last year (2010). We had discussions and Busayo who emerged one of the 2009 Voices of our Future Correspondent equally shared her experiences with us.

Another exciting aspect of web 2.0 unlike the traditional media is that I did not go through any formal training for me to voice out or share experience with others. This means that just like me, more and more people are using the social media to express themselves on many issues, and it translates to more people having access to information.

The solutions that the web 2.0 brought to the global women’s empowerment movement:
The web 2.0 has indeed come with many solutions for the empowerment of women across the globe: Women are now using the web 2.0 tools like twitter, facebook and blog to voice out against the different forms of discrimination, abuses and violence meted out on them (even though it is just a small fraction of women that can access the internet).
Women with common interest therefore, come together to form alliances and movements to advocate for policies that would put an end to all forms of violations of their right, women organizations like AWID, PulseWire and FEMIN just to mention a few.

Women also connect with one another for the advancement of vulnerable women and girls who are living in hard-to-reach communities and the less privileged. Through these movements their capacities are built and enhanced to advocate and inspire others just like Busayo’s capacity had been built and she is now running a Women Inspiration Centre where she step down her skills to other women.

These tools can be empowering for me to access information, voice out, advocate for myself and others on discrimination against women. I could use my blog to make money through advertisement on the blog when there is heavy traffic on the blog, and then advertisers would come looking for me.

Comments

RosemaryC's picture

Womens Inspiration

Hello salamatu.

I love that name, Womens Inspiration Centre, and what an inspiring story that Busayo created this as a result of her experience with this program last year. Your story shows how much power a woman's voice can have when she shares her experiences with others, and how important this demonstration of leadership can be to other women. You also show clearly how valuable the web is in letting people in different parts of a large country, who might not be able to meet in person, meet virtually to share ideas, experiences and information.

I enjoyed hearing you talk about these women because I can imagine the conversations that went on, the powerful sense of connection that was woven when women found a way to share their voices through the web and were inspired by the leadership of other women who were willing to speak up. Sharing information and ideas means more information is available to people and that is especially important for and to women. Linking them through web 2.0 is, as you note, a way of inspiring them to act on the new information they learn.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I enjoyed learning about your thinking and also about Busayo and Fatima.

Kindest regards,
Rosemary.

ck's picture

love this phrase

I love the way you describe connecting online as "the cement that holds people together".

Also, the idea that so many more women's voices can be heard, not only because the barriers of being included in traditional media are gone, but also the barriers of having to have a formal education are gone. Hurrah!

Carol

ck

salamatu's picture

Thanks

Carol,

Thank you for the comment, yes we are now in an era where we can air our views without
any form of censor by anybody, but how you want it to get to your target audience.

Salamatu

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Myra Musico: My Disability Is Not an Obstacle

Myra Musico: My Disability Is Not an Obstacle

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative