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My blog, My voice our power

Blogging and online publishing is what keep me on my toe once you ask be about Web 2.0 I engage in online space as Human/Women rights activist and till today after five years through different Web 2.0 application and tools, adopting diverse strategies to address issues.

I started blogging in 2010 through very personal blog and since then i went stages of interaction form exploring, admiring and advocating for it as empowering tool for girls and women.
The ability to share thoughts feeling and reflect personal point of view freely in a creative way and in powerful manner is one of the things that the blog provide.

There are levels of online blogging; from using it as your own personal dairy to global platform.
Being able to share your dreams, thoughts, pain and passion is the most interesting thing about having a blog.

Being in country that have been subject war for over two decades and lost more than 5 million people and recently about third of it chose to separate and form their own country as result of dictator and injustice development which is sad story for people watching from distance but devastating reality for us living in country that still struggle for basic rights such as freedom of expression, while we wetness daily violation of such right through censorship and closing of printed media houses, forums, research centers and youth centers. Since last year, more than ten newspapers were shut down and over 20 journalists were forced to stop writing by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).(1)

What i can see that blogging can us is that power that when you know you are not alone through sharing your story you get more power to continue. Documentation and sharing stories help make sure that the coming generation get to see another angle of what their country history and demand for better justice future.

Blogging can make you able to raise your voice through writing, posting videos, pictures and drawing of your own reflection of your live, your dream and reclaiming your space.
Women are the more entitle to join web based media since their movement around the country is restricted if not through activated laws it is through abuse of police authorities and cultural barriers.
I am currently planning to join efforts with peers to enable young journalist especially women through training them on how to use online platform to publish their work since lots of journalist now days are also not allowed to publish in printed media yes we know that Sudan’s citizen reporters run the risk of detention and repression but change need more active citizen to happen

The lack of statistic about people access to internet make use our own networks and relay on small research that more youth are joining social websites and make use of that is one of ways to empower women to speak out loud about their issues and join efforts to build better Sudan for all.

(1) : http://www.theniles.org/articles/?id=1563

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Mukut's picture

Well done Ola

Keep up the great work Ola. Your voice is important and being heard.

Love and best wishes,

Mukut Ray

ola.mahadi's picture

Thank you Mukut

it is actually the voices of other women around me that keep me going keep that spark of continuing to write about what is my dreams what i think and what i don't want as a Sudanese, women, and feminine
thank you for coming by and dropping your comment

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

shared experiences

I guess through this web 2.0 assignment, the key point that will come up is the sharing of experiences, sharing of knowledge and the realization that you are not alone.

Blogging is certainly one of the best web 2.0 tools as we can reach a great audience as well as write what we want instead of bending to rules imposed by publishers. Self publishing certainly will allow for the earlier oppressed voices to rise.

Well done Ola.

Salaam
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

ola.mahadi's picture

Thank you Aminah

Yah having your own space is a gift and in same time can be a load on your shoulder having audience that are following you ready to support you made it your duty to continue being better and seek improvement.
thank you for your time of reading my post and commenting
cant wait for this process outcome
Salam
Ola

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

Abisinuola's picture

commendable

Well done ola keep on speaking.
I'm looking forward to when you will start the journalist's training for young women in your country.
Pls do post it here so we can be priviledged witnesses in this wonderful task you're about embarking on.
God bless

Abisinuola

JaniceW's picture

One voice for all

As women, we are taught to be silent and invisible yet when we are given a voice, amazing things happen. On PulseWire, women such as yourself are daring to speak out and letting the world know that there are so many more stories out there that we are not hearing. Thank you for being a voice for the women in Sudan. I look forward to hearing more from you.

ola.mahadi's picture

Thank you Janice

Getting to know you and other members of WP make me wana share my thoughts and feeling .
Glad that i am here
Stay well
Ola

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

Sharontina's picture

Blogging

Dear Ola,

Yes blogging is something powerful making changes. Keep up the good work.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

ola.mahadi's picture

sure Abisinuola

Thank you for your comment and will be pleased to share my work update here
Stay well
Ola

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

ola.mahadi's picture

Will do my best

Dear Sharontina,
Blogging world as i like to call is so imazing i had the luck to meet wonderful people through it and learnt alot.
Thank you for your comment
Regards
Ola

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

nifkinz's picture

Very well written! I

Very well written! I especially commend you for bringing up the very real fact that citizen writers can be detained. For those of use who are used to open and free expression, sometimes it can be forgotten that others have not had the same luxuries. Thank you for your words.

Becky Frary

Living in such situation nmake it hard to promote Web 2.0 as some people think if people around you in your commitnity dont have access to internt why should you be out there writting and got youself in trouble, but we do blog sharwe thoughts facts and pain about our contry and most of all we share dreams hoips and passion for better future.

Thank you Becky for your comment and encuragment
Stay connected
Ola

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

anab87j9's picture

Keep your voice louder and

Keep your voice louder and your head up! I look forward to reading more about your work. I feel very inspired by you.
Best of luck.
Anab

surfgirl-CA's picture

Hello, Ola - I am your

Hello, Ola - I am your listener for this week. Greetings & blessings!

In the 5th paragraph -- I appreciated your point about the effect of documenting issues & history in your country (via blog) for future generations. This is a point that is not often mentioned. The roles of bearing witness, testifying, documenting and speaking are archetypal roles in any society that I feel are crucial and honorable. These are roles that I also have taken on, and which are important to me. Everyone has different roles in our societies - diverse talents, interests, sensitivities - but the writer/speaker is an essential component of any society & requires dedication & integrity. The pen is mightier than the sword!

I also liked very much that you provided a link to the reference for the fact that you quoted re. the NISS. Good journalists record reality and stick to the FACTS. Journalism requires one to write according to a code of ethics, including telling the truth, whatever it may be. (paragraph 4)

I also liked your point about web-based media being a good tool for N. Sudanese women, "since their movement around the country is restricted if not through activated laws it is through abuse of police authorities and cultural barriers." Yes, I agree: there are layers of restriction. In the U.S. there are laws to protect most human rights. However, much of our history has been about making sure those laws are uniformly enforced in practice. Cultural change, including people's beliefs and perceptions, are more difficult to change, although enforcement of the law can eventually show people that they can accept human rights for others without fear.

Thanks you for your efforts.

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

ola.mahadi's picture

you too Anab your voice matter

Thank you for your support and comment Anab it is good to see you here
Stay connected.
Ola

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

ola.mahadi's picture

Thank you Tina

It is a great effort you put to read my post and guide me through the pargraphes that really gave me the support to continue writting and dont worry to much about the language weakness.
See you next week and i really gratfule for your comment.

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

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Ola- This journal entry is

Ola- This journal entry is captivating, and I was drawn in to your story. You are able to weave personal experience into the broader narrative, making connections between self, community, and country. Your positive outlook is made evident, despite the unfairness that surrounds you. I love the descriptive words you use together, as in the line "share thoughts feeling and reflect personal point of view freely in a creative way and in powerful manner"... Feeling, freely, creative, powerful: all wonderful truths about internet technology. You also bring up the very important point that now women know they are not alone, and this gives them power. Yes, we are more powerful when we are together.

Is it at all possible for journalists to protect themselves from being detained while investigating and writing? Do journalists look out for each other to help prevent this? I am amazed at the courage you and them demonstrate, and the tenacity you have to keep following your passion, and bringing about positive change.

I would love to hear more about your plan of action to work alongside others to provide technology training. I am also available to assist in creating an action plan that parallels your vision and skills. Keep doing what you're doing; you are changing your world!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

ola.mahadi's picture

Dear Michelle

Thank you for you kind support i sure would be greatful for you help i will work on building my connection here in my community as i had stopped working for a time due to personal situation. But once you committed to women issues and women empowerment you carry this with you for life time.
Glad to see you reading my post and taking time to comment.
Will keep in touch
Ola

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

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