Web 2.0 has impacted on my life!
It seems like the week one assignment was posted for my sake...for me to share my story about web 2.0.
The most exciting thing about web 2.0 is its power of information sharing, networking, and many more. It is amazing to see how simple words composed by individuals, in their rooms/living rooms/kitchen/workplace/park/anywhere -- on their computer, via the internet, through web 2.0 is capable of being available to readers in all parts of the world where internet connectivity is not a problem. I can boast of meeting former VOF participants like Chi Yvonne Leina, Neema Namandu, Stella Paul, and many more, thanks to the power of web 2.0. I cannot for sure tell you how I come to join World pulse, but what I know for sure is that it is through the power of web 2.0. Then I connected with my own sister for the first time, Chi Leina, and today she serves as a mentor to me. I feel proud that she has used the power of this tool to achieve great things. I feel the shivers all over my body to think she is raising her voice today against breast ironing in Cameroon thanks to this tool. I have personally written quite some articles and posted online via web 2.0 and it gives me joy if at some point someone tells me I read your piece on World Pulse or Global Press Institute or Women's eNews...just maybe. Just a few days ago I met an old class mate of mine, she came towards me smiling, and said "Hi Nakinti, I read your article on World Pulse yesterday, It was so good...can you please guide me on how to write articles there?" It was a good feeling for me. All these really excite me!
It is usually said that ‘a problem shared is a problem half solved.’ With web 2.0, women can share their burdens, problems, and solutions. Women can use this media to discuss ideas, plan events, and network with fellow women from around the world. If women can come together through web 2.0, then it is a step towards empowering women.
These tools has in fact been empowering for me. I hope word limit doesn’t cut me short.
I am a citizen journalist for Global Press Institute, and times without number, people have read my news articles and contacted me. Just last week, a lecturer at the University of Buea called me to inform me that he will be working on a project on violence against women with me. How did he get to me?
He said he googled something on women who work on women’s issues and it directed him to my Global Press Institute Biography and some of my online articles on world pulse too. He then read a number of my articles and he realized that I am interested in women’s empowerment. In my bio, he discovered that I am M.Sc. student in the University of Buea, dept of Women and Gender Studies. He then walked straight into my department and my contact number was given. He travelled about 200km from Buea to Bamenda to discuss this project with me. We sealed this deal, and I was awarded 300,000 frs ($600) to interview 35 women who have suffered intimate partner or domestic violence in Bamenda, Cameroon. This is how far web 2.0 can go.