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Women and Web 2.0 : A Journey of Vision, Change and Empowerment

Men have dominated the internet landscape for years.The slightly antagonistic "online "environment, managed to stifle our voices - but NOT anymore.

With Web 2.0 - the set of "next-generation" internet technologies, women are no longer just a passive voice.We have the tools to create, innovate, publish and connect through a medium which goes beyond gender stereotypes.

Web 2.0 : The excitement of networking and plethora of possibilities:

There are various points about web 2.0 that is both exciting and inspiring for me. Apart from the fact that it provides an outlet for my creative and social pursuits, web 2.0 also serves as my very own free, unrestricted "virtual space" where i can finally be ME. No longer do i have to worry about barriers of any dimension- Identity, ethnicity, or culture. This open inter space of applications not only provides me an experience which is rich in information but is also revolutionary in ways which goes beyond the technical aspects.

With web 2.0 at my side, i feel confident to write,share about topics which matter the most. Be it reading about women activists of Tunisia, or speaking about the rape culture of Syria, or voicing against the (dis)honor killings of India. With web 2.0, i feel i am connected to the world and the world to me.Where earlier women dreaded to speak openly, they are now making headlines and re- writing history by connecting online with the world. That is the power of this new social media and web technology.

The solutions web 2.0 brings to the global women's movement are paramount and are of special relevance today.It is our support system, a confidante, with whom we share our secrets and pour our hearts out. It imbibes everything but hardly complains. A perfect companion who listens.

With the help of these supportive tools,women are finding exciting economic avenues to explore and build their own businesses. We are no longer confined to one role. We are now entrepreneurs,role models,technical experts and social media enthusiasts all with the help of web 2.0.

With video sharing sites like YouTube becoming popular, we are finding women documentary film makers and creative artists, able to showcase their work to a much wider discerning audience.We no longer need to travel in real time to learn a new skill, or master a new language. We no longer need to wait for someone else to start a socially relevant online campaign. With web 2.0 we encourage,activate and inspire people to participate and act.

I believe with these tools at our disposal, we have the potential to build stronger women leaders who can transform and effectively contribute not only to their families but also to the society at large.

With web 2.0 EVERY woman can be a leader, EVERY woman can be a change maker.It represents us.It speaks for us.Therefore it is important to us.

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Tash's picture

It is good being you!

It is good being you! wonderfully written Mukut.

'This open inter space of applications not only provides me an experience which is rich in information but is also revolutionary in ways which goes beyond the technical aspects.'

that simply sums up the beauty of Web 2.0

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

Mukut's picture

Thank you so much Patsy

Thank you for the kind words. And it is great knowing you.

Love and best wishes,

Mukut Ray

ola.mahadi's picture

lucky us

i always feel that we are lucky to be able to share our voice and be connected and it is a responsibility to make use of those tools for our community and for the globe.
well written Mukut

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Mukut's picture

Thank you Ola

Thank you so much Ola for sharing your thoughts.

Love,

Mukut Ray

Aminah's picture

EVERY woman is a change agent

Indeed Mukut.

We are connected to the world and the world to us. Web 2.0 has done wonders and it is our responsibility to harness it to make it a change agent.

Nicely written.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Mukut's picture

Thank You Aminah

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post.

Thank you for your comments.

Love

Mukut Ray

Saving Angel's picture

Very Inspirational!

Hi Mukut!

Thank you for your very inspirational words! I loved reading your piece as it represented a great reminder of how Web 2.0 has helped to advance women in our global movement!

My favorite part of your piece was when you said this: "The solutions web 2.0 brings to the global women's movement are paramount and especially relevant today.It is our support system, a confidante, with whom we share our secrets and pour our hearts out. It imbibes everything but hardly complains. A perfect companion who listens"

You are so right Mukut! Web 2.0 represents so much more than just a platform for us to speak upon; it is our confidante and it is a companion who will hear our words and share them with the world!

Thank you once again! Much love & respect xoxoxoxo

Mukut's picture

Thank you Angel

Angel yoy are too kind and sweet. Thank YOU for all those lovely words.

It keeps me going.

Love

Mukut Ray

JaniceW's picture

Connections and Connectedness

"It is our support system, a confidante, with whom we share our secrets and pour our hearts out. It imbibes everything but hardly complains. A perfect companion who listens."

You described it perfectly. We all have the joy and freedom of being ourselves, of not fearing judgment, of knowing that we are heard, of feeling supported. In the past, women had been forced into silence but now our voices can be heard, even with a whisper. Our fears subside, our confidence grows and our courage builds until one day, we are not only speaking out over the web but we are effecting change in our communities, transforming lives and rewriting laws.

p.s. When responding to a comment, it is best to hit the word "Reply" at the bottom of their comment box as that way, they are notified by email when you post a reply.

Mukut's picture

Thank you

Thank you Janice for those lovely words and that helpful tip. Will keep it in mind.

Love

Mukut Ray

Greengirl's picture

Hugs!

It is nice to read your very refreshing and inspiring piece Mukut.Thank you so much for revealing and reliving the truths we all need to know about Web 2.0. Thank you for sharing from your wealth of knowledge.

Much love and hugs!

Olanike

Mukut's picture

Hugs back to you Olanike:-)

Thank you! You always write very kind comments. Thank you so much.

Love

Mukut Ray

Taha Mirani's picture

Indeed

Indeed every woman can be a change maker. The inspiration lies within us.

Brilliant take, Mukut (y)

Love

Taha Mirani

Love

Taha Mirani

Mukut's picture

Thank you Taha

Thank you so much Taha :-)

Love

Mukut Ray

Precious M's picture

Very Inspiring

Hi Mukut,

You a such an inspiring writer. Leadership is influence and we are leaders because of our dear Web 2.0.

I look forward to reading much from you.

Love from Precious

My pen speaks

Mukut's picture

You are precious

Precious M,

Thank you so much. It is so fortunate of me to connect and share with such brilliant, young women like you from around the world. I feel privileged and fortunate.

Thank you for your kind words.

Love

Mukut Ray

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Beautifully written Mukut.

Beautifully written Mukut. You have power in your words. I like the cadence of your writing. You are right. Everyone can be a leader with Web 2.0. We can learn, express, campaign and have a following.

Write more. Oh, I like the pic, too. Did you make that?

Mukut's picture

My dearest Paulina

Paulina,

I am so glad and excited to read a comment from you. Thank you so much for going through my article and for those lovely, encouraging words.

I admire you and women like YOU are the source of my inspiration and reason to connect more here on WP.

Haha ! no the pic's not made by me. Taken from the net. I thought it best showcased the various applications of web 2.0. Glad you liked it.

Love,

Mukut Ray

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Beautifully written Mukut.

Beautifully written Mukut. You have power in your words. I like the cadence of your writing. You are right. Everyone can be a leader with Web 2.0. We can learn, express, campaign and have a following.

Write more. Oh, I like the pic, too. Did you make that?

Sangita Thapa's picture

speechless!

Dear Mukut, your writings are always excellent. This piece is as beautiful as it is informative. Thanks for sharing it. Keep writing dear friend! :)

Mukut's picture

Thank you

Thank YOU Sangita for being so kind and writing such amazing things.

Your posts have always been inspirational and written from the heart.

Looking forward to learn and share more with you.

Love

Mukut Ray

kirthijay's picture

Mukut, this is FANTASTIC :)

Mukut, this is FANTASTIC :) You're a very, very talented writer and I can totally see why Web 2.0 is where it is - it is because of awesome writers like you!

Mukut's picture

Kirthi !!

Kirthi its a mutual admiration society here :-). YOU are fantastic my dear.

Thank you.

Love

Mukut Ray

kirthijay's picture

<3 <3 <3 <3

<3 <3 <3 <3

Gabisflanis's picture

Couldn't agree more!

The place where I can find my true self, where I can be me. Totally agree on this! Informative, interesting and well written. Congrats, Mukut.

M.G.Alonzo

Mukut's picture

Thank you M.G

Hi. Thank you for reading my post and lovely comments.

Look forward to sharing with you more.

Love

Mukut Ray

innerdelight's picture

Excellent!

Hi Mukut,

Great article and very well written!
I loved how you wrote:

"Apart from the fact that it provides an outlet for my creative and social pursuits, web 2.0 also serves as my very own free, unrestricted "virtual space" where i can finally be ME. No longer do i have to worry about barriers of any dimension- Identity, ethnicity, or culture. This open inter space of applications not only provides me an experience which is rich in information but is also revolutionary in ways which goes beyond the technical aspects."

and

"It is our support system, a confidante, with whom we share our secrets and pour our hearts out. It imbibes everything but hardly complains. A perfect companion who listens."

Could you tweak it to bring it to under 500 words?
I love your writing style, very clear and sharing your vision, which draws me in and makes me want to read more from you!
Keep shining your presence through your words;)

joyful blessings,
Tina

Mukut's picture

Hello Tina

Hello Tina,

You made my day ! Thank you for those encouraging words. Appreciate it much.

Yes, i have tweaked it to bring it under 500 words. Thank you for the tip.

Love,

Mukut Ray

innerdelight's picture

Awesome!

You're so welcome Mukut! And wow, excellent that you managed to shorten it. I could read thousands of your words so keep on shining;)
Have a great weekend and many joyful blessings, Tina

Mukut's picture

Yes you too

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Love and hugs

Mukut Ray

CeXochitl's picture

Very passionate!

Hi! After reading your 1st assignment, I can tell you're very passionate about women's issues on a global scale. I think you are definitely a voice for the new generation of women who are creative, articulate and committed to making our world a better place. Very inspirational!

Mukut's picture

Thank you

Such lovely encouraging words! Thank you so much. Appreciate it.

Love and have a great weekend :)

Mukut Ray

CourtneyPaige's picture

Web 2.0

Dear Mukut,

Thank you for sharing this essay with all of us. I agree with the comments above that you are a talented, passionate, and powerful writer. I appreciate the specific examples that you weave in your essay from Tunisia, India, and Syria, and also your emphasis that we no longer need to wait for somebody else to begin socially relevant campaigns, as we can begin them ourselves. I would love to learn more about the virtual space that you have created for yourself, where you can be you, as you say, and how this affects your life. This is such an interesting idea with so many layers to explore!

Again, many thanks for sharing.

Kind regards,

Courtney

Mukut's picture

Thank you Courtney!

Such amazing, lovely words. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Appreciate it.

Yes, web 2.0 creates a unique individual virtual space for everybody. For me, that "free, individual space", would be my blogging sphere and the fact that i can connect personally with other members who have similar interests. It is a fun and interactive way to promote my ideas through my writings and also to seek solutions to expand them. Web 2.0 serves to be that creative outlet for me.

Also, if we talk about starting socially relevant campaigns online, i too started one very recently. It was against the wrongfully framed charges against two young girls of Mumbai. They were arrested, harassed and taken into police custody for posting something absolutely harmless,about a political leader, on a social networking site. The two girls were immediately arrested for that and charges were framed against them. My campaign asked the officials to drop the charges immediately and let the girls free. And i am glad that the campaign worked. It managed to garner huge public and media support and finally they did drop the charges and the girls were let free.

Hence, web 2.0 is a powerful tool of innovation which can help in building ideas not only on a personal level but has the capacity to bring change on a global level.

Again thank you for your words of appreciation.It pushes me further to perform better.

Love,

Mukut Ray

CourtneyPaige's picture

Expansion

Wonderful, powerful example Mukut. Thank you for sharing it with us! And for explaining a bit more your approach to using the web to create change. Keep up the amazing work.

Peace,
Courtney

Mukut's picture

THANK YOU

Thank you Courtney. You are SO sweet.

Lots of love,

Mukut Ray

Stella Paul's picture

Happy and proud!

Dear Mukut

Happy to see so many comments, which by the way, say it all! So, just wanted to add this: I am finally got the time to read you. Very happy and very proud. Hope to see you as a VoF someday!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Mukut's picture

YAY !!

YOU just made my day Stella! am so happy to receive a comment from you. Thank you so much for reading my post. Means a lot to me.

Love and hugs,

Mukut Ray

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