Brief on Speak, Wide on Sorority
Time is Gold. And the best communication is that one where we can say effectively something without taking so much words.
I believe one of the objective of this program, the reason why we are here and have been selected is because we have a gender perspective and that doesn't mean only writing about women, is especially be aware of the needs of women in every situation and area. We give our best effort out there for women in our community, but, what happen between us? what about other correspondants? have we think about it?
Calls that we access by skype or phone are opportunities to share. And I think everyone present there must to have the same chance to share. Calls are not about ME, are about US. We claim equity and we have to start at home isn't it? Are we correspondant in progress? so, let's apply what we are learning in each day life and when interacting with others.
From my sight that means:
1.- If we know in advance the issue the call or meeting will be about, make a point of what you want to ask and share. Be concrete, put yourself a limit of words or minutes to talk . Apply the rule of journalism: what, who, when, how, why? and remember always there's more people on-line -and in the line- willing to say something as important as you have to say. You're here to sharp your skills as writer and citizen journalist, so be one.
2.- A good way to do it is set in once your points of concern: That will give the chance to the moderator to answer all of them in once, giving you the time you deserve and will set you free from interrup the others. Considere the fact in your own space and time you can extend all what you want, but when you share the space and time with others, mutual respect is important.
3.-Think about it: This program empower women in some of the most in-need countries. That means non development countries; that means different levels to access internet and tecnologies: Some of our colleagues haven't easy access to connection; sometimes work, baby caring,schedules, money, time, makes things difficult. If you have everyday access to internet, be generous. Some correspondants have to borrow pc, or let their activities to come to the call-meeting. For some of them, is the only chance they have to communicate their concerns to the WP team.
4.-Call-meeting are not a space for flourishing ourselves. Is a chance for clearing doubts, share information and show how we are gaining knowledge during this program. Do you really need the 30% of the time to speak about you? Take all what you want to say and set priorities: what my colleagues really need to know? what is essential to say in skype or by phone and what I could write in a post to the group later?
5.-Make math: let's suppose an average call-meeting last 2 hours. The average correspondant online for every call-meeting is 10 - this is just an example- let put out the time WP team talk to us, that's around 30 minutes in total. That leave 90 minutes for 10 correspondant: That means you have 9 minutes. Just that. Because you don't have the right to take the time of others. If you're talkative and can't control yourself, wait everyone has talked and then check if is worthy you speak again, otherwise let the time available for new issues, otherwise listen: A good listener is a good communicator.
6.-Never forget Sorority and be wide in giving it. Is sad to me when a correspondant don't get the good quality of connection or can't be involved cause something happen and prevent her to give her vision and her opinion. Is sad, cause reveals to me even when all of us have conditions to accomplish this program sucessfully, not all of us have it so easy in daily life.
If we have a reason to feel proud to change the world trought the word, first we must give the word to those who don't have it very often. Words must be supported with actions.Being clear, effective and brief is an important action where we can start from to give back the voice to the woman are struggling to have one. And the best, we can begin doing it here, in our group