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Voices of our future 2013 Applicants Group: Week 1 - Introduction to Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment.

I never knew the term ’Web 2.0’ before I joined the 2013 Voices of our Future applicants.
In fact, I find Web 2.0 very exciting for the following reasons:
- I can learn more, even out of my field of Social Work. Since Web 2.0 gives room for participatory information sharing and collaboration, I discover only now that its applications can be very useful for my work and interactions;
- Already, my voice, as a woman leader, is echoing around the globe, as I share my work experiences and visions with others; unlike before when most of my actions went unnoticed after it’s over;
- Through this experience, I am going to be a citizen journalist, very exciting, of course. I never knew one day I will have my skills developed as to be my own writer, editor, publisher and distributor. Sincerely, this has motivated me, and makes me feel really good and bold enough to take the challenge.
In my opinion, Web 2.0 brings many long lasting solutions to the global Women’s empowerment movement. Such are:
- It is very right to promote links for women’s empowerment movements globally. Through Web 2.0, women from all walks of life and status, indiscriminately and in a friendly manner, connect, interact and network to solve their problems. Together, the women work for social change and a women - friendly future. These women are able and ready to support each other’s visions;
- Web 2.0 helps us translate our actions into projects, so as to raise awareness online, build movements and increase our chances of finding funds to bring our initiatives to life;
- Through Web 2.0, I learn that my stories will be picked by broadcasting corporations. This means that we are heard and are able to find new opportunities that will change women’s lives and lift our communities.
As far as I am concerned, the communities for which I work MUST surely benefit from the new experiences, knowledge and skills I will acquire through this programme, as I will evidently improve on my work and approach. Permit me confess here that at our level, most of the women are yet to admit new information and communication technology as a necessary resource for survival; and so do not have direct access to contribute to such programmes. This programme, sure, has come to empower them! I will be better equipped to offer life changing skills in my community;
- Lastly, the women who interact through this medium in a social media dialogue, are not limited to passive viewers of content as in other websites, but become active contributors. They have the possibility of offering a helping hand, by developing strong team skills and critical thinking, for a better future.
The Web 2.0 tools I have learnt about through World Pulse are: presentation, video, mobile and community tools. These tools, I consider are empowering me in the following light:
- Interact freely, learn, discuss, think and act positively, get information from the right sources;
- I am already sharing my personal experience and networking with others.
In the near future, the Web 2.0 tools will help me:
- Learn more worldwide experiences
- Promote networking, in vision and action sharing globally
- Make me popular and determined to do my best
- Improve on my ways of doing presentations and,
- Facilitate opportunities for me and the organization for which I work, to train and manage projects back home, with the help of new friends.
(By Marah Mbine Ngole Epie)


Sharontina's picture


Dear Marah,

I appreciate your confidence and the frankness i find in your writing. Crystal clear thought. Well i am a social worker too.

Wish you best and only the best.


Merlin Sharontina

Mukut's picture

Yes Marah

Good work. Keep speaking.


Mukut Ray

Beverly Rose's picture

Dear Marah, Welcome to World

Dear Marah,

Welcome to World Pulse community! It sounds as though you have discovered the perfect tool to hear and to be heard! I have no doubt that you will be shaking and moving in your efforts for gender based equality and to end violence against women. (I work as a domestic violence advocate and educator.) Thank you for the work that you do.

I look forward to hearing more from you!

In peace,

Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thank You!

Dear Beverly,
I just need Seniors like you to hold my hand.
Keep in touch!

With Love,

Lilith784's picture

Go forth!

Hi Marah,

yeah, be bold, connect, make yourself heard! It was cool to read that the whole concept of Web 2.0 was a new discovery for you, and you're already bursting with ideas for it.


Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thank You!

Dear Andrea,
Hello to you!
Thank You!

tracimichelle8's picture

Beautiful Vision Marah!

I love your honesty about Web 2.0! I too am new to this concept. I have used Facebook and You Tube and was basically unaware of all the possibilites of digital media. I love your enthusiasm for being a citizen journalist. This is exciting for me as well and your enthusiasm has inspired me to write more.
You wrote a beautiful phrase "women friendly future" this vision gave me (an gives me now) goosebumps! Thank-you for that.
I can see how you grasp the possibilities of Web 2.0 brilliantly. I would love to to hear more from you about your vision and how this tool can be used in your life and in your community.
I really love how Web 2.0 is a new concept for you and you are already using it to share and network.
You ARE a citizen journalist! I am excited to hear more from you Marah.


Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thank You!

Dear Traci,
Thank you for your words of encouragement!
Let's be friends, Right...
I wish to attach my photo, so you can see me too. Guide me.
Good day!

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