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2011 VOF Week 1

Is that what it’s called?!
I have learnt a new term today. Web 2.0. I was shocked to discover that it has been in use since as far back as 2004! It is a great phenomenon! I was shocked because I have been using Web 2.0 sites since they were introduced. The first one I can remember is Hi5, a social networking site I signed up for in 2005.
What is really exciting about Web 2.0 is the fact that I can interact with people all over the world! I can find long lost friends, find opportunities, and learn new things (as I have learnt today). I can start a blog that will reach millions of people, even though I have no programming experience. Web 2.0 allows me to create what I want, it gives me the freedom to share my very being with the rest of the world.
Across the world today, women’s empowerment has been acknowledged as a solution to a lot of the world’s problems today. Web 2.0 allows women from all over the world to share their experiences and make people understand what they go through. It has been very common in the past to hear of how people are suffering and surviving on less than a dollar a day, but when you hear or read about an actual person that is living like that, it makes you want to reach out and help even more. I can have a blog where I detail every hour of my life as a single 30 year old mother living in Zambia, my struggles and triumphs, my tears and laughter, my sorrows and joy. This would better educate a person who would want to help out women in my country because they would understand what we need more than from watching a documentary about Zambian women on television.
Web 2.0 has allowed women (even if, like me, they didn’t even know a term existed for this kind of ‘freedom of speech and expression’) to describe in their own words what they go through, and what hopes and dreams they have for the future. I am glad that I can share my thoughts and voice my opinions. I am glad that even though I don’t have the latest gadgets to do this, I am able to achieve the same results from my mobile phone.
My country goes to the poll on 20th September. I have taken advantage of Web 2.0 technology to voice my opinion on candidates and their campaign material, I have questioned the practicality of their ‘promises’ and in some cases, I have gotten positive feedback. Politicians now know that they will be taken on if they fail to honor their promises.


Katharina's picture


This is a fantastic post, Mwape! Thank you so much! I'm soooo much looking forward reading more from you! I think you are absolutely right about the difference it makes when an actual person shares her/his story instead of hearing or reading "just" a very general statement about the difficulties that region or that particular group faces. If the stories gets a face, it really touches you, at least it really touches me. Please do share more about your life in Zambia!

jap21's picture

Hi Mwape

By reading your post I was able to follow you in my mind, imagine what you were doing and connecting with your work, even though I am so far away!

This is the challenge of every writer: make your reader "live" your story with you. You did exactly that with me today. Thank you Mwape. Go on. I want to read more from you.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

Mila's picture

Comments on Week 1

Hi Mwape!
Thanks so much for taking part in this program. I love that you write as if you are talking with your reader, really makes it fun to read. You make a great point in that Web 2.0 can bring statistics to life and make them much more meaningful and motivating. Please do let us know how it goes for your country at the polls and tell us more about life in Zambia. For your next assignment, I would suggest having a conclusion to your writing that summarizes your points and/or ties the ending back in with the beginning of your writing.
All the best,

Mwape Kapumpa's picture

Thank you all very very much

Thank you all very very much for the interest, and thanks Mila for the advice. I am unable to access my mail for days on end so i actually submitted this assignment late, and at this point i dont even know what week two assignment is! i use my phone to check my mail, and sometimes i get lucky and actually connect to my mail box, but then i cant open the links because the 'documents are too large'. HELP!!!

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