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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.

Comments

RosemaryC's picture

The power of local empowerment

What a nice idea, kanvir, to think of those 568.95 million women in India being able to talk to each other and share their ideas and find solutions locally, by being connected through web 2.0! Maybe even through mobile phones rather than computers? I was so touched that you are so aware of the different experiences of women, that some have opportunity and others do not, and that you want to address this even if you don't know yet how you could do that. I think you are absolutely correct that sharing ideas always generates more ideas, and that even impossible tasks become achievable if people do share their ideas, knowledge and experience.

I know that some Indian states have e-governance, which is making it much more convenient for people to deal with government, and that there are internet kiosks in some places where people can use the internet to get information or send letters. When I first read about these kiosks, I thought it was such a brilliant idea for making the power of web 2.0 accessible to people in remote areas or who do not have their own computer. I also know that India has many great examples of women's self help groups that are doing amazing things. So maybe you can use the web to find out some of the innovative ideas that are being used in your country and it might give you some ideas for how you can achieve your dream of bringing women in remote areas together, virtually. Maybe some of the womens self help groups have some ideas about how web 2.0 could aid the women in the more remote areas of your country.

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and your thinking and how web 2.0 has made is possible for you to be connected to so many women worldwide. I wish you all the best in achieving your dream.

Kindest regards,
Rosemary

tanvir kaur's picture

Hi Rosemary, I have so many

Hi Rosemary,
I have so many ideas that i wish to actually implement some day. i wish to see women coming together to address their issues and help each other out rather than seeking help from women help groups. you are right about e-governance in India and it is successful to some extent, but i think if people, especially women can resolve some of their issues by just sharing amongst themselves then maybe the government need not to be bothered at all. the kiosks you mentioned are somewhat of a revolution in India, focusing mainly on children who are the future and need to be more aware and active. we say if you teach a woman you can teach an entire family and i find that to be so true. i wish this to be the story of each and every household in India. I am trying my best to work out a plan with some of my friends who have similar interests, to unite women in the true sense.we plan to move step by step..first uniting a community then state and then maybe the whole nation someday..

Thank you so much encouraging me. that is what we need the most - acknowledgement!!
Tanvir

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

RosemaryC's picture

Apologies about misspelling your name

Dear Tanvir:
I apologize for making a mistake in spelling your name. I just realized it after I hit the 'send' button.
Rosemary

tanvir kaur's picture

Its ok dear Rosemary...:)

Its ok dear Rosemary...:)

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

RosemaryC's picture

One possible source of information

Dear Tanvir:

Have you heard of the Self Employed Women's Association? It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers whose goals are to help women become self-reliant, and was created in 1972 to work with the more than 94% of the female labour force in India in the unorganised sector who thus were effectively invisible. I have found SEWA'sr work very inspiring and it occurred to me that looking at how they reached out to other women might give you some ideas. Their website is http://www.sewa.org/About_Us.asp

Best regards,
Rosemary

tanvir kaur's picture

Thank you so much

Thank you so much Rosemary...this can be very beneficial for what i want to do....like i said ideas generate more ideas...Thank you for your idea!!..:)
Regards,

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

RocioG's picture

good use of technologie

Hello Tanvir,
Technologie and access, ha! interesting concepts, you make me feel fortune to be also bless by the good live I ow to my family, and then, thinking about the rest of women in my community makes me feel inspire to keep working in the development area.
Thank you for this inspiration.

tanvir kaur's picture

Hi..thank you so much for

Hi..thank you so much for this encouraging comment...i think the power of web 2.0 or technology for that matter should be harnessed to bring people closer..and a common problem can often inspire them to act together..

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Realistic...

Dear Tanvir,

Thanks for this substantive piece. I agree with u'r views abt. marginalized women in India and elsewhere needing access to reliable and useful info. Continue envisioning ways to achieve this!

Warmth,
Pushpa

tanvir kaur's picture

Thank you Pushpa....i want

Thank you Pushpa....i want women to feel proud being an Indian..:)

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

Debra Engle's picture

Great insights

Hello, Tanvir,

You've provided some real insights in this piece. The statistics certainly put things in perspective...to think that there are almost 570 million females in India without access to the Internet shows how far we have to go before everyone's voice can be heard. I especially appreciated your vision of women in different parts of the country talking with one another, and offering interactive sessions on important topics. An excellent vision!

Warmly,
Deb Engle

tanvir kaur's picture

Thank you so much Debra...i

Thank you so much Debra...i so appreciate your encouraging views....encouragement is what we need the most...Thank you again...:)
Regards

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

Lombe's picture

Connecting women to women

Tanvir,

It is exciting to have Web 2.0 in our lives isn't it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts and dreams.

Firstly, I appreciate your concern for women that do not have access and the possibilities for sharing ideas.

It's amazing, I think someone is implementing a program where health practitioners can provide support to each other across the globe. We could learn from that.

Secondly, I am concerned about the women and girls that have access and skills but still do not make meaningful use of Web 2.0 There are many with a social network account they barely open or post on, how do we engage this category of women as well?

Best regards,

Lombe

Lombe Mwambwa
"I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist." Gloria Steinem

tanvir kaur's picture

Lombe, Greetings, It sure is

Lombe,
Greetings,
It sure is exciting to have web 2.0..the whole world on a 17" screen..!! i will look up the heal program you are talking about..sure it can be helpful in what i plan to do..thank you so much...the second thing you mention is what i wrote about in the first few lines of my post...there are many women who dont actually realize the potential of web and what it can do to their lives...thank you so much for noticing my thoughts....
Regards..
Tanvir

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

annemari's picture

Great read.

This is an excellent piece. Thanks for putting focus on a tool that is proven to be really helpful in further educating people all over the world. I can attest to the benefits of having access to such tools. Most of what I learn about women's issues came from the Internet and for that, I am very thankful. And like you, I wish we can extend this privilege to people who need help and education the most. :)

tanvir kaur's picture

Thank u Annemari, i wish

Thank u Annemari,
i wish other people, especially women should experience the rich, vivid platform that web provides....helping them to solve their problems on their own without depending much on external help...:)
Regards,
Tanvir

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

tanvir kaur's picture

Thank u Annemari, i wish

Thank u Annemari,
i wish other people, especially women should experience the rich, vivid platform that web provides....helping them to solve their problems on their own without depending much on external help...:)
Regards,
Tanvir

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

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