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At The Touch of a Button

Tebogo and I

“One of the strongest tools a young woman can have is her cell phone” said Executive Director of Global Girl Media, Amie Williams.

Last week I was a facilitator for Global Girl Media’s Como Amar/How to Love webisode series on reproductive rights Press Conference at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Beverly Hills, California, when I heard this. Just when I thought we were wrapping up this press conference, Amie surprised me with these mind-provoking words. I imagined the countless viewers of 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries and how their lives can be exposed if only they had an iPhone. Countless pictures, videos, blogs, vblogs and posts from their everyday lives, vastly exposed to the world, at the touch of a button.

This is what most excites me about Web 2.0 – the potential it has to achieve solutions for today’s global women’s empowerment movement.

In all global women’s empowerment movement – or any movement in general - whether it be to end child marriage or educate girls, almost all its grassroots movement includes raising awareness. No rocket science here right? It’s obvious that in order for our voices to be heard we need an audience and that’s why we need to raise awareness about our issues dear to us. But just how do we go about doing that?

This is where Web 2.0 comes to place.

By giving the average citizen the opportunity to participate in the creation and consumption of content and be able to interact with people online is already raising awareness and getting our voice across.

Once people hear about the battles we are trying to tackle for today’s global women’s empowerment movement then come fundraising, tools and people to regenerate the raising awareness process. This creates a rippling effect needed to reach out to every woman and girl who needs help.

The role of Web 2.0 is to get the word out there and connect with others who are passionate as us – whether it is a girl living in rural Soweto, South Africa or inner city Los Angeles, California like me (my profile picture of Tebogo from South Africa and myself from USA depict this).

Web 2.0 is already providing me with the tools to not only empower myself but others surrounding me. As a Global Girl Media reporter I underwent an intense media training program where I was taught how to handle camera equipment, edit and produce short stories, blog, conduct interviews and even gained an international understanding of women in the media as I worked with Global Girl Media reporter from South Africa named Tebogo. Together we reported on the International Women’s Media Federation Conference in late March 2011. Since then I knew the tools that Web 2.0 provides can empower everyone at my reach.

And to think all this empowerment can happen at the touch of a button.

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Aminah's picture

instant connection

Yes, at the touch of a button today we are able to get in tough with people from different corners of the world. We are able to share our stories and learn from each other. Web 2.0 is great. We need to ensure that more people have access.

Great post.

Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Precious M's picture

I love your caption!

Yes at the touch of a button, a lot can change. That is Web 2.0 for us!

Best regards

Precious

My pen speaks

ola.mahadi's picture

My best friend

My mobile is one of my best friends i know it is the same for many of my genratuon in my country the ability to be in touch just by one push boutton is making life much easier and ideas shared .
Good post
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

Chrisitina's picture

Reading your journal is like

Reading your journal is like listening to my best friend talking to me about how amazing this web 2.0 is. Nice caption and easy-to-read piece! Seems like your media training pays off! Bravo!

Cheers,
Christina

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

rocio's picture

Thanks!

Thank you Christina for your kind words!

Rocio Ortega

weaverheart's picture

Inspiration...

Dear Rocio,

Thank you very much for your piece. Your role as a Global Girl/Visionary will truly help to connect so many women, one at a time. Along with your strong intention and passion to make a difference and be a catalyst to women's empowerment. Nice job. Keep up the great work!

All the best,
Laura

Laura R.

CeXochitl's picture

Love the enthusiasm!

I really liked your idea about being able to connect inner city girls from across the US to girls from around the world. I work with inner city youth here in Milwaukee and have been looking for way to get them more connected with the world. You have some really good ideas! I look forward to more of your work!

Diane Ezeji's picture

Raising Awareness

I agreed with your idea on first raising awareness and that then the rest will follow. Once people have the information, they can either try to make a change or ignore it, but they can't say they don't know about the situation. Hopefully ignoring a wrong would eventually eat at a person's conscience. I admire you for being able to attend these thought provoking events and the interesting people you are meeting. Good luck to you as you are finding your personal path in this work.

Diane Ezeji

gingerbean's picture

Great Positivity

I am glad that you have had hands on experience on how media can impact society. For you, having witnessed it first hand during the intensive training sessions, followed by the reporting on the conference, has definitely shaped your understanding on how media can promote vast awareness. On top of that, I believe women empowerment will eventually take off to its potential zenith because there are women like you who believe in using tools such as the web, and different forms of media to bring about change in the world today.

The opportunity which access to the web provides is indeed limitless. It makes it possible for a woman to get her voice heard and for other women around the world to feel the pulse of her story. I am happy you have been trained to employ the web as a tool. Your story proves that as the number of women who have access to the web increases, the greater the possibility of effecting change in the world. Best of luck dear Rocio!

Your Truly,

Gbemisola Abiola

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