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Caught in the Web

Since I discovered the power of Web 2.0, my life has never been the same again.

I wake up in the morning; turn on my PC and viola… I am connected to the entire world! As I make breakfast in the kitchen I glance at the computer screen to get latest news and updates. As I breastfeed my baby, one hand scrolls through amazing stories written by women on the globe. From my bedroom I write inspiring articles that serve a global audience. I am not limited by space or time. Anytime anywhere I connect with women in other parts of the world. This limitless access to the world is what excites me most about Web 2.0.

In many ways, Web 2.0 is the wonderful panacea we need to solve the marginalization of women and foster the global women's empowerment movement. The first story I wrote that got published on digital media was a piece on sex workers in Cameroon who see their job as bad business and long for alternative lifestyles. When I shared this story on the World Pulse community, I learnt much from the comments and ideas of other women. The interactive nature of Web 2.0 allows me get feedback for my work and I gather ideas that I can implement in my own community, Moreover, I see stories from other countries that reflect what goes on in my community. I easily identified with Olutosin from Nigeria when she posted a story on Pulsewire on her unfortunate childbirth experience in a government hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Her write-up clearly depicted the scene in government hospitals in Cameroon. When we hear similar stories from other countries, together we can raise a strong voice that will shout out against ills plaguing women. Web 2.0 gives stakeholders the information they need in fostering women's empowerment. It encourages the shy to speak out, adds more courage to the courageous and makes bold even that still small voice in that underreported community. A popular adage in Cameroon stipulates: “One hand no fit tie bundle” (One hand cannot tie a bundle). If women must unite to tie the bundle of women's empowerment, they need a platform and that platform is Web 2.0!

Mentally, socially and economically, Web 2.0 holds lots of benefits for me. Through search engines, social media and digital media, I gather lots of invaluable knowledge and knowledge is power! Web 2.0 provides me with a unique opportunity to share my creativity to the world and network with others. It also means financial empowerment to me. The stipends I will hopefully get for working as a citizen journalist will facilitate story-telling for me enable me to acquire the basic necessities of life.

To me, Web 2.0 is indispensable in the quest to make the world a better place for women. I will keep speaking. My voice is my writing, my microphone is my computer and my amplifier is Web 2.0!

Comments

Nakinti's picture

Simply Amazing!

My dear sis,
You put it so well ... it is simply amazing.
I felt like I was listening to a melodious number as i read through your words, well put, loud & clear.
Quite touching is "As I breastfeed my baby, one hand scrolls through amazing stories written by women on the globe" Wao, this is a true representation of an African woman.
With web 2.0, some people may think you have gone crazy, but girl, you are reaching all the corners of the world in ur little man made PC.
keep up the great work girl.
xoxoxoxoxoxox

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Precious M's picture

Thanks a million

Dear Nakinti,

Thank you so very much for your encouraging words. Web 2.0 helps busy mothers like me to multi-task. It is a real blessing.I would never have known of someone like you in my own country with whom I share similar aspirations if not for Web 2.0. Amazing indeed!

My pen speaks

ola.mahadi's picture

This so encraging

Dear
i liked that passion in your written and the pictures you bought to my mind of women changing their lives through using tools of Web 2.0 well done.
reading and seeing our sisters in Egypt and Liyba and across the globe changing their future gave us a lot of insight and guidelines to continue working for our county Sudan

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

Aminah's picture

Nicely written

Precious, your words are just that! :) Precious and precise

You have a strong writing voice that speaks volumes about your strength and empowerment.
Anyone who reads your post will leave energized.

Simply great.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Precious M's picture

Thanks Ola

Dear Ola,

Thanks for your lovely words. Now I am connecting to someone from Sudan, thanks to Web 2.0.

I love the: "It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation." Keep putting together those blocks, building peace for the women of Sudan.

Much love from this end.

Precious

My pen speaks

Precious M's picture

Thanks Aminah

I am glad you dropped this comment that even left me feeling more energized. Sisters like you encourage me to keep raising the flag of women high.

Thanks dear.

Precious

My pen speaks

mrbeckbeck's picture

Great work! (and a tip)

Hi Precious,
What a great write-up you've done here! I can see that you are already taking in the benefits of the web-connected world. It's a marvelous tool, but it's up to all of us to make us of that tool and build a better world. Thanks for doing your part by speaking out and raising your voice on the important issues of our time.

Also, I wanted to give you a tip about replying to other people's comments here on World Pulse. If you click the small word "Reply" underneath their comment, they will receive a notification of your message. Otherwise, they may not see your kind words! I hope that makes sense.

Keep up the great work!

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Precious M's picture

Thank you so much Mr Beck

Dear Mr Beck,

Thank you immensely for your kind words. I will keep raising my voice to make a change.

The tip you have given me is so helpful. From now on, I will reply properly to comments. Thanks again!

Best regards

Precious

My pen speaks

Leina's picture

Powerful dear, You are

Powerful dear,
You are typical World Pulse material,I am cheering you all my sisters through this journey.You make me extra proud with your writing skills.
xoxoxo
Leina

Precious M's picture

I am humbled

It was because of women like you that I was moved to join the World Pulse community. Thank you so much for appreciating my work. I promise to make you extra proud.

Lots of love
Precious

My pen speaks

Saving Angel's picture

Very Inspirational!

Precious, I was truly touched by your words of inpsiration and determination. My favorite part of your piece was when you said: "Web 2.0 gives stakeholders the information they need in fostering women's empowerment. It encourages the shy to speak out, adds more courage to the courageous and makes bold even that still small voice in that underreported community".

It is so true - Web 2.0 provides each and every one of us with the ability to speak louder than we ever could have imagined. It gives us that chance to go beyond our large/small communities, to nations worldwide.

Thank you once again for the encouragement!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Precious M's picture

My Angel

My Saving Angel,

How kind of you to say that about my piece! Web 2.0 has gone a long way to open doors for women and it will continue to do so. With Web 2.0, we will go places!

Thank you dear.

Lots of love

Precious

My pen speaks

JaniceW's picture

Well spoken

I feel as if I am there with you in the room as you scroll through the latest posts written by our sisters. As you said, your one voice becomes stronger through the collaboration with others, brainstorming and sharing of ideas. I look forward to reading more from you.

Precious M's picture

How nice

Dear Janice,

From this device called a computer, I feel you here with me. You are not here physically but we connect and strengthen each other. That is how powerful Web 2.0 is.

Thank you for your support!

My pen speaks

Taha Mirani's picture

Very well woven, dear. More

Very well woven, dear. More power to your pen.

Blessings from this side.

Love

Taha Mirani

Love

Taha Mirani

Precious M's picture

Sure dear

Hi Taha,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Love from Cameroon.

Precious

My pen speaks

Precious M's picture

Sure dear

Hi Taha,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Love from Cameroon.

Precious

My pen speaks

Mukut's picture

Very inspirational

Precious,

You have aptly pointed out the pros of web 2.0 and the way it has changed our lives. Thank you for such a brilliant take.

Keep speaking. Keep sharing.

Love

Mukut Ray

Precious M's picture

Dear Mukut...

It is a pleasure to have you come here and drop your lovely comment. How is India today?

Love from Precious

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Sharontina's picture

Wow

Hi my dear Precious Friend,

Its so wonderful to see you. Your writing is also precious to me. Keep sharing dear.

your expressions are beautiful, well lit up points.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

Precious M's picture

You know...

My dear Sharontina,

You know what they say about names? They say we become like our names. Maybe my writing is precious because my name is Precious.

Thanks darling

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J écoute's picture

I hear you loud and clear! I

I hear you loud and clear! I hear that you have a deep passion for change and connecting with others which benefits all of us! Looking forward to your future writings!

Thank you for voicing your thoughts!

J écoute

Precious M's picture

Thanks dear

Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope to speak more and inspire change.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Stella Paul's picture

Finally, I read you!

Dear Precious

It was many moons ago that I had got that first email from you and I just wanted the VoF program to start, so I could read your stories. Finally, here I am doing that. You are such a fighter and a survivor! As I say, digital technology (or web2.0) can help a woman multiply her own power and emerge a true winner in life. Wishing you the same!

Much love from India!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

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