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the Power of Web 2.0

East or west, at the Arctic and Antarctic my voice can now be heard and my words can reach people in a matter of seconds! With one click I can access any information I want. We can absolutely search any word in the world and get thousands of related information to that one word. It is exciting that Web 2.0 has made it easier for so many people to educate themselves about other places and other people. It is also exciting how cheaper things have gotten ever since we started using Web 2.0. During my whole school time, I used more online sources like YouTube for illustrations rather than buying expensive books. With my online subscriptions to world news web sites, I spent less money on new papers and magazines.

I think through the Web 2.0 so many cases can be brought forward for a global discussion. Issues like gender equality, arranged marriages, honor killing, rape, violence against women, etc. can all be discussed and brought into arguments on a global scale through the Web 2.0 platform. The powerful side of this platform is that it does not just mention those issues like other media platforms, but it also allows people to debate and criticize them. Stories will be spread, people’s feelings, awareness and conscious will also be touched, and here where we find ideologies, ideas, norms come into action. People would favor certain acts, others would object! All this will lead to the “change”. I can’t think of the times I Changed my mind about certain people after reading a certain story or witnessed some accident. Most of the misunderstanding around the world comes from the miscommunication and the misinterpretation of things around us. The more we read about what is going on around us, the more we understand, analyze, reject or accept our ideas. Through Web 2.0 Women can prove their part in the world and how brilliant some women are, even though they live in places some people wonder they exist on the map. Web 2.0 will provide more support to women posting their issues or stories, makes people around the world understand things before they come into judgment.

Through my social media activity and getting connected to people I got to spread my work activity and become well known inside my home town for being a freelancing recruiter. Through online blogging my voice reached so many people in the States when I was blogging about my experience as an Iraqi person visiting the States, and I got so many new supporters and friends. Through social networking I got to participate in many programs, such as Women in connecting cultures where I was placed with 16 other women in the desert of Oman to discuss our cultural values, after which I got to have 16 new friends, know 16 new culture, and above all, spread my voice as an Iraqi woman who survived war to 16 other country!


Aminah's picture


One of the most effective tools of web 2.0 is undoubtedly blogs.
It give us a platform to self publish and build a network of followers and commenter.
Glad to hear how your journey has been enhanced through blogging.

All the best to your future endeavors.



shahd's picture

Thanks Aminah, I am sure we

Thanks Aminah, I am sure we will have so much to share and learn together

ola.mahadi's picture

good talk shahd

We all could use the web 2.0 to get closewr to other and try to understand more and offer our help if needed
Good to see you blogging here too and good luck
Stay tuned

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace

shahd's picture

Thanks Ola, what a pretty

Thanks Ola, what a pretty moment to find support from people never met you before! God Bless you all

You capture the essence of how the web can transform lives and effect change so beautifully. You are a wonderful writer and eloquently express how powerful the web is. I immediately want to sit down with you to debate, learn, share and critique ideas and stories with you. I look forward to reading more from you.

shahd's picture

Thanks Janice, your words are

Thanks Janice, your words are so supportive and I cant wait to share more and more ideas and ideologies

Nakinti's picture

Great girl, You said it loud,

Great girl,
You said it loud, clean, and clear.
Web 2.0 is stronger than we can ever imagine.
Keep up the good work.
Love from Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon

shahd's picture

Thanks Nakinti, I am glad to

Thanks Nakinti, I am glad to find support from people like you :)

Mukut's picture

Well said

Great work. You expressed it beautifully.


Mukut Ray

shahd's picture

Thanks Mukut :)

Thanks Mukut :)

Sharontina's picture


Your expressions reveal your personality and i find something shining, a gem. yes it is. Keep shining dear.

And lets make others shine too.


Merlin Sharontina

shahd's picture

cute comments from cute women indeed


Thanks a lot, I am so glad I left an impression somewhere. Thanks all of you ladies, you have no idea how proud I am to connect with you

shahd's picture


Ladies, any idea about week 2 materials? I cant find them

Sharontina's picture

yet to come

There is till time Shahd. You will receive the announcement for week 2. It is because of the timing that you see its delayed.

Wish you the best.

Merlin Sharontina

shahd's picture

Thanks Hun

Thanks Hun

Myrthe's picture

Thank you for posting your

Thank you for posting your article, Shahd! I enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to reading more from you! I like how you talked about your own use of blogs and social networks to find opportunities to communicate and reach out. You're a great example of the connections one can make using different internet tools.

shahd's picture

Thanks Myrthe


Appreciate your words and comments and I am eager to make more posts and share so much my life over the last 7 years

Myrthe's picture

I'm looking forward to

I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

Hummingbird's picture

Good article

Thank you Shahd for for this good article. I agree with you, web 2.0 brings us together to debate and criticize. It is indeed a women-friendly platform. I would like to read more about your experience dear Shahd, about Iraqi women.

Wish you a warm and happy writing experience. And waiting for your 2nd assignment.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


shahd's picture

appreciate it

Dear Huuingbird, I am so glad to impress people with my writings it is such a success by itself to get peoples' feedback across the world. I appreciate it

Jensine's picture

Your words will change the world!

Dear Shahd,
It is inspiring to read your words and your passion. I can tell that there is a river of expression inside of you just roaring to come out and nourish the world. I for one, will be an avid reader, looking for what you are going to say next so i can learn about what is on the hearts and minds of women in Iraq today.

thank you for your courage,

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

shahd's picture


Thank you so much! I love it how people from distance admire what I write. it gives me a great strength to keep up the work

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Shahd- Your passion and

Shahd- Your passion and positivity jumps off the page in this entry. You have utilized these technologies to not only educate yourself, but to create networks of people to expand your world. Now, if only more people would take the time to read about ideas outside of their scope of comfort, what a difference it would make. Thank you for setting this example for so many. All the best to you!

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


shahd's picture



I appreciate your support and encouraging words. every time someone comment on my post I feel lucky to be part of this network. some people think it is a waste of time sitting behind a desk and surf online. as a matter of fact, everything we do in life depends on our intentions. I believe my intentions online are the huge network and educating experience.

best wishes


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