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My very own tool of empowerment: Web 2.0

When I was a teenager, I had huge dreams. All I ever wanted was to be heard. But there’s something about a nerdy, simple girl’s dream that makes it easy to crush under a bully’s foot. Every time I tried to break the bubble kids around me forced onto my existence, I’d hear sniggers. I would hear someone pass a comment about how fat I was. Or a snide remark that someone so ugly should be legally barred from having an opinion. If what I said made sense, it did not count: I was a “retard” to them all. So my voice went deeper inside, but my thoughts were as loud as loud could be, in the inside of my head.

I needed a way out.

Web 2.0 was that way out for me. I was only in High School when the revolutionary ways of the internet had begun to take root in the world. Blogging was unheard of. But there were online journals and free-to-use platforms that later came to be understood as Blogs. I chanced upon them when I was doing a project for my Computer Science class, and there was no looking back. What excites me about Web 2.0 is what is very intricately woven into my narrative. What excites me about Web 2.0 is that it is a place where someone does listen, where someone does care, and someone, somewhere, at some time, wants to know what you have to say. A nameless, faceless person is sitting behind a computer screen, bathed in the blue glow, just reading and imbibing what you have to say.

As I grew up, I began volunteering with organizations across the world. I worked with grass-root organizations as their voice, by being the blogger. I wrote and narrated the stories of women in distress. I told the world stories of Rape. Domestic Violence. Honour Killings. Deprivation. Gender violence. Foeticide. Infanticide. As I wrote, I grew, because I didn’t just tell these stories, I felt them. What were just words for me here was the reality, the harsh truth for a woman, miles away. As much as the world was “ahead”, it was also terribly backward. And while I wrote this all, I realized that these women were being given the attention they were deprived of. People around me woke up to harsh realities, and were driven into action. When they read of these true stories in all their raw emotion, they stood up in solidarity. Knowledge is a catalyst for action, and that is the biggest way in which Web 2.0 can help: by propagating knowledge.
For me, personally, Web 2.0 has been a tool of empowerment. I was allowed to talk in a medium while I lived in a world of unrequited friendships. I was taken seriously, whether I chose to speak out against Rape or Bullying. I was given attention, my causes were given attention, and I was able to catalyse action. All with the power of Web 2.0.

Comments

Mukut's picture

You have a unique voice

Yes Kirthi, web 2.0 is indeed a medium of empowerment for you, me and many more around the world. What you have expressed coincides with the way i feel or have felt before. It gives us that chance to make our voice heard, loud and clear.

Thank you for expressing it so well. Brilliant!

Love,

Mukut Ray

kirthijay's picture

Thank You!

Hi Mukut!
You are so kind - thank you so much for your kind words.

I completely agree! One thing that I failed to add is that Web 2.0 has let me meet and know such amazing people like YOU! <3 The gratitude to Web 2.0 for that is something that far outweighs most else now ;)

Maya Norton's picture

This is a beautiful piece of

This is a beautiful piece of writing. Let's hear it for the "nerdy, simple girls" - my favorite kind.

Can't wait to hear more of your voice.

~ Maya

kirthijay's picture

Thank You!

Hi Maya!
Thank you so much for your kind words :) You are a gem! <3

As I mentioned above to Mukut, you are one of the amazing people that Web 2.0 has brought forth in my life - for which my gratitude shall never cease!

Maya Norton's picture

Sending you love. ~ Maya

Sending you love.

~ Maya

kirthijay's picture

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Gabisflanis's picture

Yes, indeed!

I totally agree! Nerdy, simple girls, get to rule! Beautiful piece of work.

M.G.Alonzo

kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much my dear

Thank you so much my dear friend <3 <3

Tash's picture

i love the personal touch to

i love the personal touch to this piece. Its a good thing to be able to communicate to those who cannot speak up for themselves and heal them at the same time!

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

kirthijay's picture

Hi Patsy! Thank you for your

Hi Patsy!
Thank you for your kind words! I love that you stopped by to share your thoughts - speaking out and healing within is indeed a huge part of what Web 2.0 has given me, personally, and to many across the world :)

Thank you Web 2.0, again, for someone amazing like Patsy, coming into my life!

Great post. great message. And nicely written.
Web 2.0 has surely empowered us.
I can relate to your blogging experience. I found my voice through my blogging experience and I have grown stronger - that's what I live to believe.

I will be looking forward to more from you.
You are an inspiration.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

kirthijay's picture

Thank You!

Thank you Aminah! :) It's lovely to know that I have a compatriot in you when it comes to blogging being a huge factor in finding our voice and growing stronger <3 Thank you for coming into my life, and for these kind words!

You are an inspiration that I thank Web 2.0 for, for bringing into my life!
<3
Kirthi

Greengirl's picture

Nice Piece Kirthijay

I have come to appreciate you for your aspirations which resonates in your words. It is obvious that you have come to silence all that kept you silent before now. I celebrate the power you exhume as a result of the limitless choices you now make through Web 2.0. Voices like yours remain reassuring and affirm that each one of us can bust the bubble of silence. Keep writing because I am listening and getting inspired.

Hugs,

Greengirl

kirthijay's picture

That is so kind of you,

That is so kind of you, Greengirl! Thank you so much for your encouragement and sweetness <3

I'm grateful to know you dear friend!

Sharontina's picture

unrequited freindships

Dear Kirthi,

its sometimes hard to express these kind of feelings. but you are so good at it. bringing the positives out the negative. as if there is none.

i love this piece. and here all your friends are family. so you can think loud, dream and dance.

lets get to make other speak.

love.

Merlin Sharontina

kirthijay's picture

You are AMAZING, dear

You are AMAZING, dear Sharontina! I am so honoured that you took the time out to read my piece and to write to me - I am so, so honoured <3 Thank you for saying that - I love my friends and family here - and this has to be the happiest place I've known <3

HUGE shoutout to Web 2.0 for bringing you into my life!
Love.

Sharontina's picture

celebration

Sending you much love dear. Waiting to hear much more from you.

Merlin Sharontina

kirthijay's picture

<3

<3

Dear Kirthi, no wonder you've again posted yet another brilliant piece, right from your heart. Women from India are really amazing, so sharp and so gifted. And Im sure there's alot in store this year for wonderful ladies like You, Mukut and Sharontina. God bless! :)

kirthijay's picture

Dear Sangita, Thank you SO

Dear Sangita,
Thank you SO much for writing to me and for reading my piece! It feels so wonderful to hear such lovely thoughts from someone so wonderful as you! <3 <3 You are AWESOME and thank you for coming into my life!

<3
Me

awinkie's picture

Simply Amazing!

Your post is simply amazing. I can't seem to find the words to explain how powerful it is. This is the first post that I feel like someone has actually opened up about their own experiences and struggles. You words are so powerful, so truthful. I truly believe you will change the world with your activism and blogging. I can't wait to read more from you!

kirthijay's picture

THANK YOU!

Awinkie! Thank you so much for reading and for these very, very kind words. I am so grateful to you for thinking me worthy of your attention, time and effort - I hope I meet your expectations of me, someday!

<3 Thank you again, Web 2.0 - Awinkie's a god send!

ikirimat's picture

Hello Kirthi What a powerful

Hello Kirthi
What a powerful piece, what a powerful journey. You selected just the right words.

Your role changing the women in your community is an experience worth sharing indeed. Thank you for sharing your powerful story and I hope you continue taking the leadership role. In other words, what do you envisage your future to be with the web 2,0?
I look forward to reading more from you.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much Grace! I am

Thank you so much Grace! I am so honoured that you considered my post worthy of your comment. :)

As for my future - I hope to remain a voice not just of myself, but of my sisters all over the world, to speak, to shout and to rise for them and for our cause :)

Lylinaguas's picture

Need I say more...

I've read several of your posts and what can I say? You're remarkable at expressing yourself more so at relating your personal experiences to send a strong social message. You've done exactly that in this particular journal.
Never stop writing! You're such an inspiration to many who have read your wonderful articles and gotten to know you via web or personally. You have the power to create change through digital technology.

Lylin

kirthijay's picture

<3 Thank you so much Lylin!

<3 Thank you so much Lylin! To me, you are the perfect inspiration for all things expressive, creative and activism using digital technology. Your comment means SO much to me, and I am SO grateful to you for it <3 <3

Loveya!

Neema's picture

Giving Voice

What makes Web 2.0 worthwhile Kirthi, is women like you; women who think, who feel, who care, who look through our struggles and into our solution - which solution is within us; its power found in our togetherness! The perspective of your voice, the beautiful simplicity of your delivery, and the rays of hope irradiating our consciousness as we read through, lead us perfectly into the end of the matter you had intended - to look within for the answer while binding together to catalyze the power that will transform the world without to represent the world emerging within so many of us.

Bless you dear sister,

Neema

kirthijay's picture

<3 Neema! Thank you so much

<3 Neema! Thank you so much for this beautiful thought! I am honoured that you commented - and thank you, thank you so much for being a catalyst for all our voices to reach ahead!

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

You have done well

Dear Kirthijay you have done well by using web 2.0 to ensure that your voice is heard. Thank you for sharing how this has empowered you and you always have a voice on this great platform. Continue with the great writing and i cannot wait to read more of your stories. Stay blessed.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Stella Paul's picture

Keep writing

First, its great to read a post by someone from India. And then, its good to hear yet another girl who cruised through those dark waters that are so familiar to us. No wonder you got so many VoFs come here and connect with you :)
Keep writing and wishing you the very best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

kirthijay's picture

THank you so much, Stella! <3

THank you so much, Stella! <3 <3 <3 You are VERY kind and VERY encouraging! <3 This means a lot to me!

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