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Shout Out Your Voice to the World!

I am excited by the sheer vastness of Web 2.0 and how a huge platform exits, which allows for so much exchange of information, knowledge, ideas, concepts, heart-warming stories, tear-causing moments, and that it allows women from every corner of the earth to connect with one another! Connecting for me is one of the most basic and powerful assets that we as women possess. I believe that it is in connecting that we find a sense of belonging, acceptance and true sister-hood with one another.

So many women, young and old, keep their pains, joys, excitement, disappointments and an array of emotions to themselves, because of fear and no safe space to share them.

With the technology and tools that Web 2.0 offers, the opportunity to open up and share with one another is made very real. Women of all ages, cultures, religions, opinions, dispositions need and must have a safe space to share, to connect, to just be - it is not a privilege, but their right to do so. For far too many years women’s voices have been silenced by male-dominated societies that dictate what, when, how, who women should be, or where their place in society ought to be.

By using Web 2.0 and its tools, women make their own decisions, write what they feel, tell who they want, and have a free and wonderful space to shout out their voice to the world!
The proof of the power that Web 2.0 brings to women and to the women’s empowerment movement is already reflected in the many heart-wrenching and heart-warming stories told by women of their own or their fellow sister’s hardships and abuse, joys and support they found in social networking, or through social media or new media, such as Pulse Wire and other similar applications.

I see every day in my own interaction how women are becoming empowered, are empowering each other and are definitely changing the way the world looks at them, by using these tools.
My intentions are to continue to use and learn more about Web 2.0, so that I can help to bring the real stories of and create awareness about teen girls being sexually exploited in my country to my sisters and the world. By learning more effectively how to use Web 2.0, I want to empower myself so that I can help to empower girls and women, to have a voice! Through teaching them how to use these tools, they will not only be able to tell their own stories, but will do so in a safe manner. In this way, my hope is that they will be empowered and in turn empower and inspire other women to do the same.

I am inspired to continuously look for ways and means to help women on their healing and empowerment journeys and with Web 2.0 the solutions for the challenges that we as women face are at our finger tips!

Comments

Carlotta's picture

Worth the wait

i really enjoyed reading your article, Charmaine. I agree with you that women do tend to bottle up a lot of their problems and emotions and I share your joy in having a platform such as this one, where no-one can be gagged. well done for beating the deadline!

Charmaine's picture

Thanks Carlottav! Seems I'm

Thanks Carlottav! Seems I'm just beating the deadline again!! EISH!! Keep on enjoying this platform, I am!

amiesissoho's picture

getting the stories out

It is exciting to be able to bring the stories out and to learn from them. Web 2.0 is creating that opportunity.

Amie

Charmaine's picture

Indeed it is! Thanks Amie

Indeed it is! Thanks Amie

Angela Kintu's picture

Keep smiling, hoping

Charmaine, this was such an enjoyable read. I love that you included your personal experience of Web 2.0 and how you intend to keep using it in your own circumstances, not just to link to people elsewhere in the world.

I also like the fact that you mentioned a 'safe' space. So many women are crying out for just that - a safe listening space. Keep hoping, smiling and reaching out.

Charmaine's picture

Thanks so much Angela!

Thanks so much Angela! Safety is such an important factor in girls and women's lives, which is so often taken away from us. With Web 2.0 we can be safe and just be ourselves!

sarahmol's picture

Great story. Helping getting

Great story. Helping getting the voices of women and sexually exploited girls heard is much needed and something that I admire you greatly for doing. Like you said, the voices of women have been silenced for way too long and it is people like you that will change all that by focusing on the connection that unites all people.

best,
Sarah

Charmaine's picture

Thank you Sarah I really

Thank you Sarah I really appreciate your feedback! No more silence - we shall shout out our voices!

sallysmithr's picture

Awesome!

Thank you so much for sharing. I completely agree that everyone does have a right to be able to connect and to be empowered is amazing. I love what you are trying to do with the tools and love your determination.

Thanks so much for sharing,

Sally Smith

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