Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

An Ample World Behind A Tiny Screen

Perhaps, it is not more than a few months that I got the opportunity to find access to the internet. I was a girl filled with dreams and hopes for myself, for the other girls from my community and for my community as a whole. For the girls who dream for a better life, quest for a change, and stand for raising their voice, what would be more helpful than to find a tool through which they can learn, they can share, and they can change their dreams to realities and deeds? Of course the answer is a universal medium, a worldwide communication, and the Web 2.0. It excites me. It excites me because while sitting in front of a tiny laptop in my small room, I travel around the world. It excites me when I speak to groups of inspiring women from different countries and they listen to me, they encourage me to speak, and they take my hands and tell me that their stories are the same as mine. It excites me. The opportunities and a worldwide communications for women brought by Web 2.0 excite me.

I remember the time when I once heard a saying: “No man is an island,” and now I realize what values the sentence carries with itself in reality. In the world where women are considered as an inferior group in every corner and spot of the society, it is essential to shriek our pains and to discover a solution. The Web 2.0 gives the opportunity to any single woman and especially for those whose voices have been muted for the centuries. Web 2.0 is an opportunity for every woman to take part in any social, economic, or political activities which involves her society or the world as a whole. Through Web 2.0 Women can split the worldwide borders and rush for helps in places where there is a pain, where there is a dream, or where there is a struggle for change. Now I believe that NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND. Woman can empower and support each other by communicating through Web 2.0 and share their ideas, their works, and their experiences.

Therefore, Web 2. 0 for the one who has just started her journey far away from home and not even in her own country is advocating. Web 2.0 for me as a student teaches knowledge and prepares me with information. It allows me to explore and discover the facts. It convinces me to listen and enables me to speak. It allows me to communicate with inspiring people without considering the geographical or cultural boundaries ahead. Finally, it allows me to see the ample world through a tiny screen of my laptop and then strive to take an action.

Comments

Mukut's picture

Yes Jan

Jan,

You have echoed my thoughts through your writing. Yes no woman is alone now and communicating through web 2.0 gives us that chance to empower each other.

Well done.

Love,

Mukut Ray

Jan Afza's picture

Yes Mukut

Mukut,
We are not separated from each other as an isolated island and the thanks to World Pulse and the use of Web 2.0.
Thanks for taking my hand.

Jan Afza

Aminah's picture

Dear Jan I quite enjoyed

Dear Jan

I quite enjoyed reading your post. It excited me :)

"It excites me because while sitting in front a tiny laptop in my small room, I travel around the world. It excites me when I speak to groups of inspiring women from different countries and they listen to me, they encourage me to speak, and they take my hands and tell me that their stories are the same as mine. It excites me."

I share the same sentiments.

All the best to you.

Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Jan Afza's picture

Thank you

Dear Aminah!
Thanks for your feedback.
It is true of the writing that you take my hand and we both share the same sentiment, the same story.
I enjoy being in this community.

Jan Afza

Sharontina's picture

Empower

Empowering each other is all about web 2.0. its doing its job perfectly.

lets play our roles too being the voices of the voiceless.

Dear Jan, keep sharing.

love.

Merlin Sharontina

Lilith784's picture

It's inspiring that you write

It's inspiring that you write about listening, reaching out, and providing help just as much as making yourself heard. Can't wait to see how you will use this platform!

Andrea

Anna V's picture

I love the last line

This is a great post, and the last line is my favorite part. I love the idea of escaping our limitations through a tiny screen.

Thank you for sharing!

Leslie Stoupas's picture

No woman is an island!

Dear Jan,

You are the perfect example of your wonderful saying: no woman is an island! It is exciting to think of the potential that Web 2.0 has when it is used by passionate women who want to make a positive difference in the world. I look forward to reading more of your ideas as you implement these technologies in a solutions-oriented way!

Leslie Stoupas

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative