One Less Woman Oppressed
Not so long ago, in the homes of North America, an occasional whisper emerged of a women living in a far away land, thousands of miles across the ocean. These faceless, nameless women were victims to unspeakable injustices. Some of these women would survive; others would not. There was not always an exact location and no certainty to the type of injustices which had taken place. And so they were soon forgotten.
Since the audience of these occasional whispers was not often privy to the details of the circumstances, speculation would occur to envision what might have taken place. Many times when details are left to the imagination, the invented conjecture is far worse than the reality. Most North American women would not have been able to conceive the horrors that millions of women around the globe were facing every single day.
Web 2.0 is a platform which enables an audience to put a face with these victims. Not only can Web 2.0 provide the victim’s location, it can also provide a visual of the location using an interactive map interface. This technology also includes the capability to provide details of the event which may include the date of the occurrence, names of others who were involved and hyperactive links to related information.
An anonymous quote reads, “The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.” Web 2.0 allows one to know what they are talking about. One component of Web 2.0, social media, provides various tools catered to a diverse audience which allows them to become more informed and to inform others in their personal network of family, friends and colleagues. That’s powerful.
The lack of attention to injustices suffered by women is typically due to a lack of knowledge, not indifference or a lack of empathy. The strength of Web 2.0 is the boundless, availability of knowledge coupled with the instantaneous exchange of knowledge across networks of people. Women in the heartland of the United States, who have been motivated to help but paralyzed due to a lack of connectedness, will have tangible information and become empowered to reach out. Web 2.0 provides the opportunity for this connectedness in lands where monetary resources are most abundant.
Web 2.0 provides a platform for organizations such as World Pulse, Kiva, and GlobalGiving. These organizations use the internet and social media networks to tell the stories of women faced with oppression and economic hardship which provides us with opportunities to make a small difference that may be unrecognizable in the grand scheme of solutions to abolish the oppression of women. But to the recipient, the token is not small at all. It allows her to become another success story, one less woman oppressed.