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I talk, you talk, & we create a resonant buzz

It is the interactivity that makes Web 2.0 such an appealing tool. We are able to understand how receptive people are of what we have to say, through their feedback. Unless we hear back from our audience, it is not possible to improve on our efforts. The interactivity is also important to understand if what we do is making its mark; it is easier to address the gap only if we know about it. Hearing back from a reader certainly excites me and encourages me to write more, to voice out my thoughts. It also adds to one’s journey of knowing. It adds value to what one has to say and it builds the noise that an individual makes.

The benefits of Web 2.0 on global women’s movement are immense. With the advent of the internet, the world became so much smaller. Web 2.0 enhanced this global movement by bringing leaders from all corners of the world together, online. Real-time group discussions facilitate the creation of voices, and this creates a buzz. For instance, one woman from Africa raises concern about domestic violence which then is almost immediately empathized by someone in the Maldives, which then is followed by another person in Brazil and etc; thus creating a dialogue of shared experiences of the suffering as well as of the actions taken to curb the problem.

This interactivity is cost-effective compared to the conventional meetings that brought people from different countries together to one physical location. In this conventional medium of exchange of expertise, most often we find women being sidelined as women most often are the key players within the household affairs thus taking backstage due to family commitment. Web 2.0 is more inclusive as it provides accessibility to women from a wider spectrum, may they be professionals working from the comfort of a corporate workstation or those housewives confined to their home. With a network connection, we are always in a ‘conference’ of sharing what we know, and seeking solutions. Thus, empowering women, and creating a global women’s movement.

This empowerment allows individuals to take center stage. Just one lone soul, living in the Maldives is able to reach to hundreds of, thousands or even millions of people out there. Through my shared experience of my life over at my personal blog, I have met so many beautiful souls with similar experiences. I have also come across empowered women and gender sensitized men who have more forethought to not endure absurdity of life; to face it fair and square and stand for what one believes. This is what Web 2.0 does for me, for you, for all the people who need a way to raise their voice. Sometimes it is difficult to confess and voice out against atrocities that you put up with because of its sheer absurdity. Web 2.0 lets you do it anonymously if you chose that, and in time it gives you the strength to stand up, to raise your voice, to make a change.

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Mukut's picture

Great work Aminah

Great work ! Keep it up.

Love,

Mukut Ray

Aminah's picture

great to have you here

Thank you for the support Mukut.

Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Abisinuola's picture

lovely essay!

..I talk you talk!I love that!

Abisinuola

Aminah's picture

collaboration

It's the collaboration that is important isn't it?
that's the beauty of web 2.0 compared to conventional forms of media.

Thanks for the visit Abisinuola :0

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

JaniceW's picture

A platform for all to speak out on

No longer do you have to question if anyone will listen as now, the world the listening. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Aminah's picture

the world listens to the buzz

It's a great feeling to know that the world is at our disposal, just by sitting in front of our computer connecting with the right group, the right platform.
Totally liberating.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Taha Mirani's picture

Brilliant

Brilliant piece, Dear Aminah.

More power to you.

Love

Taha Mirani

Love

Taha Mirani

Aminah's picture

Thank you

It's always nice to hear back from others.
Thanks Taha, for taking the time to come and read what I had to say.

This is great.
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Woman of voice's picture

Awesone

Such a wonderful piece you wrote.

Aminah's picture

Thank you for the

Thank you for the appreciative comment.
It's always encouraging to hear back.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Lortoria's picture

Your writing resonates

Hi Aminah,

I enjoyed reading your post. Interacting and collaborating is what it's about in order to bring positive changes. I feel the same way as you do, and will use the web, and this opportunity to educate and share my experiences like you have done.

Look forward to reading more from you,

Lortoria

Lortoria McDonald

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/illumaink
New website coming soon!

Glad to have your comment Lortoria.
It indeed is collaboration that is important. web 2.0 gives us that opportunity on such a large scale.

And interaction with people from the developed countries indeed has quite a lot of lessons for countries like ours to learn and avoid mistakes that has already been done and overcome.
Learning lessons from past experiences is so much important. We often find people reinventing the wheel.

Looking forward to further collaboration as this program continues.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Sharontina's picture

Dear

Dear Aminah,

you have a good writing. Keep it up.

Share the strength you have to received to stand up, raise your voice for the voiceless. And we are here for you.

love.

Merlin Sharontina

Aminah's picture

lovely to meet you

That's such a nice compliment Sharontina,
We only improve ourselves by learning - and the best way to learn is through collaboration and feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to add your voice to my space.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

kirthijay's picture

Aminah, this is fantastic. I

Aminah, this is fantastic. I talk, you talk, and we certainly create a wonderfully resonant buzz!

Aminah's picture

hehe

i talk, you talk, and here i am again talking across vast distances made shorter to a few minutes through this web 2.0 tool.
What can be more exciting. And in the process we can let anyone from any corner of the world to listen on this conversation at their own time, and participate.

It's like a snow ball (not that I have ever seen a snow ball with my own eyes) :)

Thanks for coming by Kirthi,

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Ruth Bech's picture

Global village buzz

You raise some valid points, namely that women that are divided through social status and place have gotten a meeting room through social media and the internet. A cyber commute train for women's ideas and hearts and aspirations, and all at a cost that most can afford. The corporate leader right now communicating with the victim of abuse, the mother at home with infants connecting with her established network - and building new ones.
I really look forward to reading more from your hand, -
much love,
Ruth

Aminah's picture

wonderful comment

Yes, one of the most salient features of web 2.0 is its power to eliminate societal boundaries and differentiations.

And I like how you equate this to a "cyber commute train" affordable to everyone and I would like to add - acceptable to everyone.
Often times we find in real lives that a person of a certain status feels an inhibition to board an economy training or fly on economy seat on a plane. But here behind the screen I believe nothing of such nature exists. :)

Ruth, I enjoyed your post as much as your comment here. And your profile image is so very cool.

Salaam,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

mikabo's picture

VOF Listener

Hello Aminah,

I am your listener for VOF. Thank you for your article. You are very talented! I can tell that you have a gift for communication. You used a visual aid ("wordle") in your article and it seems to have resulted in more people leaving comments for you than some of the other writers. This is proof that multi-media (using images, sound, video etc.) really works to catch people's attention. You seem to understand this naturally.

I also found your article to be very articulate and well written. You have well-thought out ideas and plenty to say about them. I especially appreciate your insight about not wanting to "confess" or write about "atrocities" and how the Web allows you to express thoughts anonymously. You can also use what we call a "pen name". A pen name is a fictional name that some writers use so they will not be identified. It is a very serious decision to speak out about atrocities and honor the things you have witnessed. This is the challenge that technology is presenting to people around the world -- particularly women.

Overall a very, very good article. One detail that is important is to make sure your articles do not exceed the word count. This article is about 100 words too long! If you were submitting this to an editor, they might not accept your submission based on the world count alone! SO make sure you count the words!!!

Thank you, I look forward to reading and hearing more from you and I encourage you to work with multi-media and video.

MiKaBo

Aminah's picture

wonderful feedback :)

Dear MiKaBo

Thank you for the positive feedback and the compliments on my writing.
I have been writing on a personal blog using an anonymous name. However, I am joining VOF on my own name and want to test how far I can write my thoughts keeping my identity. That's the main reason I have written around the topic instead of writing directly about it. I have opened up a bit more in my later two posts I cry, I crawl ...I laugh, I sob, I hide it all & Breaking Free. However, there is still more to explore. And to be honest I think I will be using my personal blog if I ever wanted to talk in detail about those sensitive stuff.

For now I am concentrating on taking myself forward to the next stage of this VOF training. Hence I am taking extra care to keep to the topic of the assignments and also trying my best to limit my word limit to the set amount.
Therefore I am a bit worried that you say my post is about 100 words over the limit. I checked before submitting and it was exactly 500 words. And I checked just now to be sure I haven't added more than I intended to. And it still stands at 500 words. I even counted it manually, just to be sure sure. :)
It would great if you could explain to me what seems to be the problem :)

I will try to incorporate multi-media and video in my future work, as per your suggestion.

Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing with World Pulse.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

mikabo's picture

WORD COUNT

Dear Aminah,

I owe you a big apology! I was mistaken and thought the word count was 400. This was from another project!
So, I'm very sorry and also happy to report that you met all of the official rules and subsequently are on track with all of your skills. Congratulations.

About using your real name. I respect your choice to protect yourself in certain situations. You must do what you feel is appropriate and not risk yourself where violence is concerned. I agree with this. One thing you have observed--- through the power of technology, women can come together and create a united force from which they can feel empowered and protected. You may be surprised at how quickly this can happen. I trust you know to use your judgment and I also feel that if you just keep your voice heard (in any name) this will no longer be an issue for you. You have a bright future ahead of you. I am very inspired by your work.

Thank you!

Mikabo

MiKaBo

Aminah's picture

:) So glad to hear that

No worries MiKaBo. I believe you guys are having to read quite a lot of writings and things like that happen. No hard feelings :)

Thanks again for the lovely comments and encouraging feedback.

Thank you
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

ccontreras's picture

Inclusivity

Hi Aminah,
I really enjoyed how you talked about inclusivity of women on the web and also about mentioning men who are sensitive to gender differences. It is important to recognize that not all men view women as a lower being but some do stand side by side with us women to fight for our rights. I really appreciate your inclusion of that! :-)
Best of luck!
Cynthia from Florida, USA

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

Yes Cynthia
I very strongly believe in inclusivity. Women alone cannot bring about the change that we are desiring. We want men to understand what we feel, what we go through, what biological changes does to our hormones our psych. We want men to understand we are ready to be kind - just a little condition that we be shown kindness.

I have met a few men who are really nice and respects women more than even women do :)
Just too bad I was not intelligent enough to make my decisions 20 years ago. But I guess we only learn through experience, or by shared experience, or by trial and error method. Unfortunate that trial and error is wearing me out , experience has totally drained my energy. Now I patiently wait and gradually grow through shared experience from people all over the world, including you.

Thank you - and I hope men come over to read what we are saying.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Theresa's picture

Well Done

Hello Aminah,

Well written, strong and informative. You have a great sense for what you use this powerful tool for and I believe you will touch lives with it.

It was a pleasure to read your entry and I look forward to hearing more from you again soon.

Kind regards,
Theresa

Theresa VE

Aminah's picture

thanks :)

Dear Theresa

Thank you for the positive feedback.
This is proving to be a very important learning journey.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

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