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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.

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YAOtieno's picture

The power of one

One less oppressed woman makes all the difference in the world! thanks for sharing

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Kimmy, You have

Dear Kimmy,

You have wonderfully put how Web 2.0 can women. As you quoted “The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about” Web 2.0 has a tremendous potential of imparting us that knowledge.

I loved the way you summed up in the last line. Every single woman counts.

Keep writing and sharing on Pulsewire.

Love

Nusrat

Kimmy D's picture

Thanks

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

Lombe's picture

Web 2.0 against Women Oppression!

Dear Kim,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

You mention a critical thing: information - action is not taken at times due to lack of information.

The great thing about 2.0 is you can get information that is recent, opinions and feedback.

I look forward to hear more about how empowering 2.0 has been to you personally.

Best regards,

Lombe

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

SallyB's picture

Beautiful and clear writing.

Great introduction paragraphs. I would be interested to hear how you are and/or will use Web 2.0 to empower you and others.

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