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A beautiful shadow of the Queen

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What excites me the most about using Web 2.0 is its power to create safe spaces for women to explore issues which are affecting them in their own respective countries and also to be able to tell their own stories. I personally think that as a young woman living in South Africa, Johannesburg a City that is mostly known for its gold mines and riches however you still find that sadly a large population of young women still struggle to gain access to opportunities and employment. So what motivates me about this creative tool is that through the consistent use of Web 2.0 and other social media sites I can be able to gather information about opportunities especially for young women who have just matriculated. It sounds like a liberating way to influence and inspire others through storytelling which I personally feel like it’s the preeminent and influential way to our tell stories. The solutions that I think that web 2.0 will bring it’s the strength to build networks of like minded women who share the same cause and also to benefit women from different backgrounds with tools and resources that we sometimes think we lack for others to start sharing their stories to the global Community, This will enable more women to get their voices heard and better transform their own lives and of those they interact with in the process. Just like the African proverb said that,” if you want to walk fast, walk alone but if you want to walk far, walk together”. So more women will be able to unite and work towards achieving the same goals in their countries of residence. Writing has also been my passion since I was a little girl as I have found that this craft allows one an opportunity to freely express themselves and reach a much wider audience whilst raising awareness on sensitive issues and social matters. This tool can really motivate me to keep writing as I will be reaching a much wider audience and also I will be somehow challenged to write about not only what’s close to my heart but to also explore other issues that are affecting us as women like gender based violence, HIV/AIDS, social entrepreneurship because already women are active change agents in their communities yet they still find themselves struggling to make ends meet and even to feed and take care of their families. And lastly in my culture we believe that “if you educate a woman, you educate a nation”. So this will also allow me to be an agent of change to both my peers and other women across oceans. And most importantly to ensure that we are part of the Global community and we are also not ignorant on other issues such genocide, forced marriages and genital mutilation.

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Mukut's picture

Thank you for speaking up

You have successfully expressed the myriad opportunities that web 2.0 and its tools offer to women.It is an endless world of connection, action and speaking up.

Thank you for your article.

Love,

Mukut Ray

PrincessZar's picture

Thank you:-)

Hi mukut,

Thank you so much for your appreciation and I am looking to connecting with you too!

Warmest Regards
Zandi

Keep your fire burning!

Aminah's picture

we overcome ignorance

Nice post.

We will walk together and walk far and address more issues than we can do on our own.
We overcome ignorance by sharing our experiences and constantly growing through learning.

all the best to you

Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

PrincessZar's picture

Thank you:-)

Hi Aminah

Thank you for your honest comment,that's so true it when we also focus on others and issues affecting them and of course we shall continue to read and challenge ourselves
Everyday to be able to groom other women especially the young generation.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Kind Regards
Princess Zar

Keep your fire burning!

PrincessZar's picture

Thank you:-)

Hi Aminah

Thank you for your honest comment,that's so true it when we also focus on others and issues affecting them and of course we shall continue to read and challenge ourselves
Everyday to be able to groom other women especially the young generation.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Kind Regards
Princess Zar

Keep your fire burning!

Saving Angel's picture

Let's Walk Together!

PrincessZar, I truly loved your piece and was especially touched by your use of this proverb: ” if you want to walk fast, walk alone but if you want to walk far, walk together”. You are so correct, by spreading awareness and sharing the word of global women's empowerment, we can all "walk" together in order to achieve the same goal - even though we may be in very different countries.

Thank you again for your words!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Titilope's picture

Great Piece

walking together to achive our purpose is most needed for success. We need each other every step of the way to go far. we will continue to walk and work together to achive more.
Best regards

PrincessZar's picture

Thank you!

Oh wow dear, thank you so much for your kind words:-)

Have a beautiful week!

Warmest Regards
Zandi

Keep your fire burning!

I really enjoyed reading your piece. I like the way you talk about your personal love of storytelling and how you situate your comments in a South African perspective.

I love the African proverb about walking together you use to illustrate your message. I also agree that by educating women, you educate a nation. You give good, clear examples of social issues which affect women which make your writing feel personal but also relevant in an international context.

I have one piece of advice about your writing. I think it would be a good idea to try and use more paragraphs when you write a text of this length. It helps the reader a lot and ensures that you think about the structure of your argument.

Like I said, I enjoyed reading your writing very much. At the end you talk about being an agent of change for your peers and women across the globe. I'm interested in how you would envisage yourself being an agent of change Princess Zar. Have you got any specific ideas?

Well done, keep up the storytelling. I agree that it is a very influential and inspiring way of communicating.

PrincessZar's picture

I am humbled

Oh wow dear! I am humbled for taking your time to read the article and even give feed back. As a student to writing, I appreciate every hint to better my style of writing. Wow! I LOVE the part about my writing being relevant to the international context.

OK! so, how do I envisage myself as an agent of change? I am a strong believer that experience is a best teacher so I make use of my experiences to educate and empower girls and young women across the globe. Because of some undesirable circumstances in my life i ended up making wrong choices in life some which I have to live their consequences for the rest of my life. Now I use my experiences to ensure that no girl or young women get to go through what I went through.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Warmest Regards
Zandi

Keep your fire burning!

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Thank You, Princess Zar

Dear Princess Zar,

As Listener for Voice of Our Future this year, I have been asked to evaluate your Week 1 assignment and want to thank you for your excellent work.

Your writing voice is strong, determined, focused and informative, and I hear your ability to empower other girls and women. This is, of course, the essence of World Pulse.

You have fulfilled your assignment with excellence, have followed the directions you were given and have clearly spent significant time on your response. I am also interested to read, in one of your responses above, that you have used your own personal adversity to work toward making the world a better place for others, and I encourage you to keep on.

Your two quotations are terrific, and I especially like the African proverb, having never heard it before. (" if you want to walk fast, walk alone but if you want to walk far, walk together”.) Wonderful!

I am looking forward to hearing more from you and about you, and again I thank you for this piece of work.

With Respect and Appreciation,

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

Dear PrincessZar,

Thank-you for sharing your story -- your thoughts truly are inspiring. All the very best!

Gaurav Nakhare
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