VoF Module 6: Meet My Incredible 5
Its been a long spell of silence here, broken occasionally by Scott :)
I have been busy battling some health issues, and traveling for my work. But in between, I had been also working on the Module 6 assignment: Each one teach 5.
And finally, here I am, with five incredible women whom I had the privilege to reach out and teach Web2.0, with a special focus on using social media on mobile handset. All 5 women have signed up as World Pulse members.
Before telling you who they are, I want to share two of the principle that I followed:
1. To directly connect the women to the World Pulse community the women whom they have earlier read about. So, there are women of whom I have written in my earlier World Pulse assignments. You have earlier read about them, admired them for their courage and appreciated their work. Now you can directly speak with them.
2. Teach things to people who need it most. Of the five women I have reached out, four live in high risk zones and amidst threats to their lives. The knowledge of web2.0 isn't just another thing to learn, but the ultimate weapon to make crucial contacts and protect themselves. That's what I focused on while training them.
And now, let me say who they are:
1.Bhan Sahu (http://www.worldpulse.com/user/13061) - the woman you read about in my story - Bhan, my sister, my hero http://worldpulse.com/node/47670
A barefoot social activist who puts community welfare before anything else.
2. Jyoti Bairagi (http://www.worldpulse.com/user/13135) - I had written about her in one of my earliest entries, during the VoF contest. I had earlier taught her a bit of social media. Now, I reconnected with her and taught her how to blog and network on the web,using, among others, World Pulse.
3. Luckygirl (http://www.worldpulse.com/user/13633): Forced into prostitution, she represents the millions of girls who are trafficked every year in Asia. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to reach out and help her.
3. Mariam Murmu (http://www.worldpulse.com/node/54812): Lives in high conflict zone. It was a big risk for me too, to reach her home and teach her. I feared being caught as a suspected spy. But finally, all went well.
5. Amruthavalli (http://www.worldpulse.com/user/13604) - A close friend who has been tasted and tried by life in the worst possible way. You have read about her mother Kamala in my 4th assignment (the Oped, where I wrote about her as a victim of malnutrition.)
All of these women, except Amruthavalli have a lot of difficulty in reading or understanding English. So I had to sit with them and help them create the accounts and the profiles. It was a daunting task, but at the end, I felt very happy. They were happy too, to have been connected with a network as wide as it gets!
Finally, for me, the training is just the beginning. I love reaching out, I love training. I get a huge kick every time I see a woman learning to log in or log out or make a post. Its the best possible feeling in the world! So, its going to continue, forever!
With that, I sign off here. Wishing you all the very best for your assignment!