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Web 2.0 guarantees that each woman's voice is heard so lets put more structures in place that allow women to access it easily

Otto Tendayi Mponda

Technology in general has indeed advanced over the years but it is Web 2.0 through its many forms of digital media, social media and social networking that has managed to become the most publicly celebrated way of electronically sharing information that does not discriminate against gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or geographic location. It is in the midst of this Web 2.0 global craze that many women have managed to rise up in unison to make their voices heard on public social networking forums discussing issues which directly affect them that could not be addressed in off- line public forums in the past.

Without any doubt, one of the most exciting things to have come out of Web 2.0 is its provision to virtual applications such as blogs, facebook, youtube and google search among others. These virtual applications in question have had the ability to allow women to be actively involved in voicing new ideas and being instrumental in the re- construction of policies and referendums that best represent their utmost interests at heart. It is at the height of the success and popularity of digital and social media that the need to re-channel and focus more on the liberation of women against cases of rape, genital mutilation, forced marriage and gender discrimination among others, has become vital.

It is important to note, however, that despite its wide success not all women have had the privilege to gain access to digital media and other social networking forums that discuss important issues pertaining to women. This is probably why it is still important to keep on educating one another through various workshops in our immediate communities and keep on implementing more non- profit organisations and training programmes at grassroots level that pave way for more women to be able to make their voices heard through social networks made available by Web 2.0 as such online public forums allow individual women to share their own personal stories with one another, which in turn has a very strong impact on awareness and emancipation. An inspiring example of a non- profit organisation that has managed to facilitate communal women with internet facilities despite all odds is Afghan's Young Women for Change that was founded in the year 2011. The independent non- profit organisation has been operating despite the social challenges and harassment faced by Afghan women who access knowledge and manage to network with other women through the internet.

It is my belief that every woman who writes is a survivor. Every woman has an important story to share and that every story is important as each may reflect what the individual thinks is generally important in life, highlight the factors that the individual may consider particularly significant when coming to terms with life’s trials and tribulations and offer a window into each woman’s subjective life and experiences of the world. All this is surely possible through sharing ideas and getting comments and advise on social networking sites created and supported by other fellow women, something that I totally find so empowering.

Sharing a valuable experience online through Web 2.0 does not only improve the lives of others but also enriches that of the sharer. I remember a story that my late grandmother used to always tell us.
She recalled the story of a very successful farmer who used to get the most impressive harvests of wheat every year on end. A feat that all the other farmers in his community could not achieve.
As a result, a lot of people used to wonder how he did it until my grandmother confronted him to inquire about the secret behind his phenomenal bumper harvests.
The farmer who did not shy away from sharing his secret told my grandmother that his massive harvests came from sharing his special seed with all his fellow rivals whose farms surrounded his.
The thing was that whenever bees would pollinate in spring, they would start by pollinating on wheat in surrounding farms before coming to pollinate his own wheat and this in turn happened to improve the quality of his wheat considering that the pollination happened between seeds of equally great quality.
Thus, in making sure that every farmer had a good seed such as his, it made him even more successful.

Ever since I started using WorldPulse and sharing my views with other people there, for the first time I felt that I was not alone in my fight for women empowerment. Definitely sharing my good seed through Web 2,0 has indeed elevated me from strength to strength in my vision for human rights and gender equality.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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You are right Hillary

Web 2.0 is a wonderful tool and many of us are taking advantage of it to create network like what have here on World Plus. But as you said, there are many people out there who are not lucky enough to access to these kinds of tools.

I guess it's up to people with resources to setup up community centers where the technically unfortunate people can be empowered. I believe there are outreach groups working at this level. But we need more people doing that.
And of course, we need to educate and provide enough literacy too.

So yes, we should all keep working together to empower every single women in the world.

All the best to you

Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

hillary24's picture

True

Thanks Aminah you are very correct. We need to reach out to every woman out there in our communities because all their contributions are worthy.If we work hand in hand with outreach groups then we will definitely fulfill our objective of empowering every woman on this planet earth.

Kind regards

Flavia Nyadoi's picture

Your concern is important

You are right on this, women at grass root need to be empowered to access digital media to enable us capture every one's voice. Because each voice counts

I agree wholeheartedly with the points you raise. The phrase that most captured my attention (and cemented your point about the importance of access for all) was "one another." That's the great thing about Web 2.0 - the opportunities for dialogue. Previous forms of journalism were unilateral - the writer/newsperson gives information to readers and listeners, but there was limited opportunity for criticism and feedback. Web 2.0 allows for a dialogue in real time, with participation from anyone who has access to them, in the form of comments and additional posts. The more we educate and share with one another through our own experiences, the richer the dialogue becomes.

hillary24's picture

dialogue vital

I could't agree more, dialogue is key...very very true..

Catsilveira's picture

every story matters

Hello there,
I am one of those, like you, that believe that sharing experiences enriches us. I love how we are able to communicate here, right now, with people from many different nationalities.
The Internet can also proportionate anonymity in which may be what a woman needs to speak their mind without fear.
We are all together …
Cheers,
Catarina

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