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My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voices

Each person on this earth has a voice. Some of these voices are heard constantly, due to their position in a world that values “power”, placing them in the spotlight. Others, like myself, are heard often by those that surround us due to jobs that we hold in a society that gives opportunities to those that have the hard earned money to access education. Nonetheless, in a world where poverty is commonplace and half of the world's population's talent (women) has been largely untapped, most voices go unheard. Web 2.0 is a fantastic platform for these unheard voices to receive a streak of light.

One of the issues that has been brought most to my attention in the past months is how grassroots movements are the solution to all of our plights. Laws don't change people's attitudes: people change people's attitudes. The passion of a neighbor, friend, or family's voice impacts us much more than the spokesperson, politician, or commercial on the television. The opportunity Web 2.0 gives to grassroots efforts and voices to be heard is one of a kind.

Web 2.0 brings the women's empowerment movement grassroots efforts to a visible terrain, but it also allows us women to connect at a much more intimate and powerful level. It allows me to be inspired by women across the world and interact with them in a way otherwise impossible. It allows me to learn and grow as a woman much more thanks to the stories and ideas of my international sisters. It motivates and pushes me to take action and share how I'm taking responsibility for my life and that of my fellow citizens. Web 2.0 is not only a solution in regards to distance, but also -and most importantly- to the lack of support one may find at times in the intimacy of one's own home.

My own empowerment is an ongoing process, and I am just beginning to realize the power of my words. Facebook is NOT a medium for letting everyone know what my relationship status is. It's a powerful tool to share my most intimate beliefs. YouTube is NOT about spending hours watching “popular videos”. It's about searching ideas that aid in my growth and/or sharing those that may aid others. Twitter is NOT about contaminating others with temporary nuisances or hourly babble, but a platform for letting others know WHO I AM. This is how I am choosing to define these tools, because it's the best way possible I can imagine defining them. And although I consider that I am well into stepping into my own empowerment process, I am just beginning to realize how the tools of New Media are an opportunity to take my empowerment to the next level and, most importantly, to aid other woman in allowing their voices to be heard.

Thank you, World Pulse and all my sisters, for motivating me in beginning a whole new way of viewing my empowerment and the impact I may have on others.

Comments

Yenly Thach's picture

Cheers to Web 2.0!

Thank you, Rukamaqui for sharing your thoughts with us! I do agree that using Web 2.0 is our gateway to social change and social justice. I am inspired by your encouragement to take advantage of this amazing tool and opportunity. Thank you again for sharing!

Cheers,

Yenly

Yenly Thach

rukamanqui's picture

Thanks so much!

Yenly, thank YOU for commenting on my post. This is such an a amazing way to connect with others. No matter what happens with this training process and who is chosen I am so happy to have become a part of the World Pulse community!

Love for you!

Manqui

Yenly Thach's picture

Much love to you too!

Manqui,

Me too! I am not sure if I will make the cut but I am excited to gain new skills, make friends I have never met across the globe and an opportunity to excel in my writing! I mean that is already a lot to gain! :) Much love to you too,

Yenly Thach

rukamanqui's picture

Thanks so much!

Yenly, thank YOU for commenting on my post. This is such an a amazing way to connect with others. No matter what happens with this training process and who is chosen I am so happy to have become a part of the World Pulse community!

Love for you!

Manqui

Cali gal Michelle's picture

response from a sister

I very much enjoyed reading your journal, and feel the same way as you about this platform.

Well, I have 2 more hours to finish so I need to stop reading and finish writing!

Peace-

M.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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rukamanqui's picture

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much Michelle!! I'll try to get to your own journal to comment!! I wanna see how you've been doing with your assignments!!

Love and Peace

Natalie

RosemaryC's picture

The power of voice

I liked how you wove the power and impact of voice, both yours and that of other women, throughout your article, rukamanqui. It is true - each of us has a voice but some of us are heard more than others, for various reasons. Web 2.0 does indeed give a platform for women to discover the power of their own voice.

I thought your comment that "people change peoples attitudes" is a very perceptive and powerful one, and I liked how you linked this to the power of voice. When grassroots voices are heard, then many things change, including attitudes. It has always seemed to me that when people are heard "whole", as one person puts it, then they can hear others. And when people can hear each other and not fear each other, they can change their attitudes. This often seems to be more effective than laws in creating meaningful change.

I liked your point on the importance of using tools like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for a purpose and not just for entertainment. Facebook does let us connect with friends and family about everyday events but it also can be a place where people share hopeful, insightful, powerful stories that inspire others and help create change by suggesting new ideas. Some development agencies are using YouTube to post videos that show women talking about how they created significant changes in their community. These videos encourage other women to see how they became leaders, thus creating a path for them to do so as well. So Web 2.0 can be like a huge virtual room in which women can share their stories, as you have done here.

Thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it. I wish you all success in continuing to find and to use your voice powerfully, both for yourself and for other women.

Kindest regards,
Rosemary

rukamanqui's picture

Thanks so much for your comments!

Rosemary, I sincerely want to thank you for taking your time to comment on my post. Your words are very encouraging and motivate me to continue this endeavor and walk my talk! It also encourages me to look around our virtual classroom and do the same for other sisters. Thanks!

Natalie

Theresa Ann's picture

So inspiring!

Manqui,

Your writing is really impressive and your thoughts are so inspirational! Communicating your own experience is so vital in reaching others through writing, and you do such a great job with this! I especially thought your emphasis on what is important to YOU about social media shows the world that not all young people "think alike" when it comes to using those tools as leisure activities!

Look forward to reading more,

Theresa

LauraB's picture

enthusiasm

Manqui,

In reading your journal, I hear your whole body pulsing with vigor. You have claimed your platform and your motivation. Clearly there is nothing stopping you in discovering the nuances of your voice and affecting positive change for the many who will be touched by you.

I look forward to listening more to your passionate voice.

- Laura

rukamanqui's picture

Thank you Laura!

Laura -just like my mom :) you are so encouraging, and I thank you for taking the time to do so with me! I look forward to getting to your journal and reading YOUR passionate voice! Much love to you!!

Natalie

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