Women's Revolt: The Web 2.0 Way
I heard the force of the blast push against the windows; I saw the black smoke stain the clear blue sky. It was only after I saw the twitter update I knew that the U.N Building had been the latest target of the terrorist cell Boko Haram.
I realised one thing after the on New Years eve bombing of an Army Barracks - that 2011, amongst other things, was going to be a very trying year for Nigeria. Lives would be lost, properties destroyed, spirits broken. But I never knew that 2011 was also going to be the year that web 2.0 would take over the world in all its digital fury, where one content would spark the flame that would blaze in the name of the Arab Revolution.
Up till those historic moments, I never truly appreciated the possibilities of web 2.0 up to this level. A level where the world witnessed an entire region glare into the eyes of their so called leaders and tell them to get out. How exciting is it that a people’s individual fears have now transformed into national bravery to risk it all in an effort to secure freedom for their loved ones and their generations to come.
The global women’s empowerment movement is still going strong, thanks to the fighters of the female cause, where women come together to find support, empowerment and to develop their skills knowing that they will be loved and appreciated, and best of all, will be celebrated not just for their humanity and drive, but their womanhood. Through web 2.0 the global women’s empowerment movement has laid the bridge to reach women on the global scale; not just being concerned about the women in the world but being able to take such concerns to grassroot communities and implementing such change needed to ensure a positive impact in the lives of women and their family. It has and shall continue to provide women with the unlimited resources, where women and advocates of the female cause shall come together to further strengthen the collaboration between women and the world around them.
Everyday I am continually empowered by the use of web 2.0 to further free speech, independence from oppression and the free right of every person born to be able to choose who they desire to lead. Such was seen in Nigeria where for the first time, the most transparently free and fair election was conducted. For the first time I saw Nigerians put their many differences aside and come together in order to decide who would become our President.
After those incredible occurrences, all planned and organized via web 2.0 resources, I know now, more than ever, that the possibilities of web 2.0 are infinite. One hopes its use to gather and sustain a collaboration between likeminded people for the promotion of women’s welfare, education and development in the world in general, and Nigeria in particular.