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Mentoring my Soul

I see Web 2.0 is helping me to grow beautifully with lot of challenges to handle. I still remember there was a time when I had hardly any access to know about the world without just flipping the pages of newspaper in the morning and switch to some news channels to know something newsy. But things have changed. So have I.
I believe in exchanging solution – oriented discussions not just the law and order enforcers through hollow campaigns. So through the access to blogs, wikis, social-networking, twitter, Linkedln and likewise, I have been able to bring out my voice beyond my capabilities. Seriously, there were just handful of people and that too in my comrades through which some unknown well- wishers used to appreciate my work. But, I had always craved to look for some mentorship to bring a social change at large canvass and that too in a never-ending phase. Thanks to web 2.0 who made it possible to enlighten my mind and my known and unknown online friends to see issues at a wider angle.
Through various leadership and advocacy training programmes, I have been able to bring out some stories which I believe were unknown to my sisters and friends across the globe. I would like to mention one my stories which was published on Women News Network (WNN), under the mentorship of Lys Mam. The theme was on “Half- Widows”, a term given to thousands of women in Kashmir who have lost their husbands in the continuing perpetual strife of more than two decades. They have an uncertain future. They don’t know whether their lost ones are dead or alive. They are going through identity crisis. But amidst all, they continue to live on hope that somewhere in the world; their husband might be alive and return one fine day. So they choose not to remarry, some do by choice and some are forced to.
The story was thankfully highly appreciated by both known and unknown. Truly, it would have never been possible without the help of web 2.0 to search WNN, raise my voice and of my society at global level and to people at helm.
I found myself quite privileged to be a part of the big social change by honing my skills through various empowerment programmes and affiliate myself with the people like my through the innovative tools.
It is pertinent to mention that web 2.0 is more about awareness, as it helps to experiment lot of things to new people to showcase our potentials and work on weaknesses.
By using various discussion boards and forum on both social-networking sites and new media, I had started to think deeper and come up with the issues that matter to women at large. To build the trust of other grass root women by getting myself involved and also to involve them to apply the techniques of empowerment and get ready to experiment and take risks for a way of life that merits women empowerment.


meg.peterson's picture

Job well done! I appreciated

Job well done! I appreciated your comprehensive response about how Web 2.0 has effected your life and ability to communicate about issues that effect you and women in your community. Congratulations on get your article on "Half-Widows' published, what a great accomplishment! It's great to see how we are connecting around the world and able to learn about each other and the various issues women deal with globally. I appreciate your voice, keep up the good work!

Aliya Bashir's picture

Good platform

Dear Megan,
Thanx for the appreciation. Yes web 2.o is truly behind all this to get world know something about the unknown that too without any barrier. Half-Widows is a burning topic here in Indian Controlled Kashmir and just the tip of an iceberg, we have some of the horrific tales here in Kashmir which are need of intervention but unfortunately due to the ongoing conflict it is not that easy to bring those things on the forefront due to fear of repercussions.


tanvir kaur's picture

Hey Aliya...this is a nice

Hey Aliya...this is a nice write up..surely web 2.0 has has been a lot helpful to you...:)..good luck..



Aliya Bashir's picture

Yes tanu

Web 2.0 is thanx for the appreciation............


nargiz's picture

Dear Aliya, Thank you for

Dear Aliya,

Thank you for sharing your story - I really got a sense of your vision and how Web 2.0 has empowered you personally, and made you more aware of women's empowerment issues. Also, well done for getting your article published! I look forward to reading the rest of your assignments.



Aliya Bashir's picture

Thank You Nargis

Yes you are right. Web 2.o has empowered many and I am among them.....Would love to get feedback on all of my stories from you....
Stay Blessed


Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from your Listener!

Dear Aliya,

My name is Iffat and I am one of the Listeners for VOF program 2011. Congratulations on your success in bringing the issue of "half-widows" to the rest of the world through WNN. You have a strong voice and are using the Web 2.0 to highlight the atrocities the women of your region are going through really well. I hope you continue your work with a solution-oriented approach.

Looking forward to read more of your writings.

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

Aliya Bashir's picture

So nice of You Dear Iffat

I feel privileged to be a part of the larger group through pulsewire to bring the problems of my region on forefront and thank fully Half-widows was one among them.I am quite interested if I could be able to bring issues with some solution-orientation. I am looking forward to more feedback.


Kenia's picture

Wow, I have never heard of

Wow, I have never heard of the term "Half- Widows." (And congratulations on your publishing success with that piece!) Thank you for enlightening us. :)

Kenia Perez

Dear Kenia,
Ya this issue is so powerful yet so tragic...But, in a conflict zone like Kashmir, we have much more pathetic human rights issues....I am happy that you got to know about this issue and also expect you to spread this as much as possible....I want the whole world to know about the violations in Kashmir and to to raise their voice against all injustice.


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