A country like a Home
Web 2.0 – sounds so technical and complex, a term you would probably expect to hear if you’re listening to some computer geeks’ conversation. But a 21st century person, familiar with the virtual world, would probably laugh at themselves when they find out what web 2.0 is. Well, that is the reaction I received from most of the females whom I told what web 2.0 was. They were quite perplexed when this question was to put to them “what is web 2.0?”. And, surprisingly, ALL of these females are educated, modern day, working-women and well FACEBOOK users!!! They are a part of web 2.0 and they didn’t even know that.
I was lucky to have been born in a family where I had the opportunity to be exposed to the Internet at a very early age. Being a part of this technology has helped me in almost every aspect of my life. And I am involved with it to such an extent that even the idea of life without it seems to send shivers down the spine. I think I can confidently say that today web is the fastest possible way to know, learn about and reach out to the world. This web 2.0 has brought along a long string of opportunities that can help an individual flourish like nothing else can. I owe my alliance with WorldPulse to this wonderful.
That’s me, a girl living and working in one of the best cities in India, with so many resources at my disposal. I am one of the 17.55 million (approx)* females in India, who have regular access to internet. I can connect to internet at will, very easily, and use it, apply it to my work and life, talk about my problems to someone on another part of this earth, connect to unlimited number of people and voice my opinion. That’s only me, a girl with so many resources. But what about the remaining 568.95 million* females in India who don’t have this privilege, especially in the rural areas?
Perhaps they need it more than I do. They need a common platform for them to discuss their real life problems with others across the country. What I would like, is to see a woman in a remote village in Punjab talking to another one in other end of the state, discussing issues common to both of them and finding solutions to their problems without any external help. And also I would like to incorporate interactive sessions for them with the help of internet, on issues like health, hygiene, education, women’s rights and much more. It seems quite an uphill task with many hurdles that I’ve not yet fathomed, but one day I hope to make this happen. Ideas always generate more ideas and one day this impossible-sounding task will actually take a shape.
*Reference: Census 2011 report by Indian Government and India Online survey report by Juxt.