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Ray of hope

Pakistan is the country being targeted by terrorism for the past many years. The intensified fighting between militants and military and outbreak of sectarian violence’s in remote areas has forced the population to migrate to the outskirts of the area. 2010 devastated flood has further deteriorated the situation and about 20 million people were left stranded on the mercy of the nature under the open sky with no food and water, residing now in camps in worse conditions.
Displacement has specially affected women as living in camp is difficult keeping in view the religion and norms of the society. Women’s safety, their gender-specific needs, and privacy are not respected they feel insecure in tents. Females were already most neglected segment of FATA as FATA is famous for its rigid social structure in relevance to tradition but ruthless people has taken more advantage of the scenario and number of rapes, killing, sexual harassment and such other cases of violence against women was drastically increased during these crises.
Being the far flung area of country, FATA received less attention due to its remote geographic location and lesser accessibility while the roads and communication channels was also badly disrupted and the area is virtually cut off from the rest of the country so no one can hear voices of victims or if they want to shout, to be heard they were muted by pressurized groups. That’s why I want to become their voice.
I am excited about web 2.0 it’s providing me opportunity to raise their voices to be heard globally.
In ancient times it was quite difficult to share your words but now world is just click away. Your words can easily reach to millions.
Today’s woman is not alone; web 2.0 has powerful impact on global women's empowerment movement. Digital media is proved as most instrumental tool in changing society, it has drew attention of authorities on many unveiled cases that were subdued cause of its sensitivity but bringing them to digital media compelled the authorities to take action on such sensitive issues for its eradication from society. Web2.0 is becoming threat for guilty people and it might be the reason that youtube is banned in Pakistan but still have many other tools of digital media to raise our voice and fight for our rights we the struggler are not and will never disappoint. Web 2.0 is ray of hope, bridging the gaps of communication.
People are fighting with destructive weapons in our country but I am not scared, not worried because I have the most powerful weapon of my words and my access to web 2.0. I can speak for myself and for my society, with my words I can change the world and heal the broken. I will bring the smiles back on the faces of the traumatized population by bringing their voices into mainstream thus empower the vulnerable to improve women status. Soon People will hear my voice, spread my words and help me in building constructive society.

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Chrisitina's picture

Love your writing

Hi Aysha,
I really enjoyed reading your journal, which brings the situations in your country as backdrop. You are very brave to become the voice for the disadvantage. And I'm sure you'll become a warrior!

Regards,
Christina

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

thanks a bunch

Thank you Christina for thoughtfulness.. Your words really boost up my confidence. I think we all need pat on the backs to keep us motivated toward our mission, supporting each other will surely help us in making differences. Stay in touch

Chrisitina's picture

Yes, you're right. Getting

Yes, you're right. Getting support and feeling connected is one good reason why we join this great community! Let's keep on doing it!

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Zoepiliafas's picture

Powerful piece

Hello Aysha,

Thank you for providing the Listeners and myself with a lens into the recent turmoil in your country. I know that it takes a lot of bravery to speak out.

You wrote, "...but I am not scared, not worried because I have the most powerful weapon of my words and my access to web 2.0. I can speak for myself and for my society, with my words I can change the world and heal the broken." - words can start wars and CAN STOP wars.

Web 2.0 truly is for the 1st time the citizen of a country to make the whole world aware of her experiences.

I have never been to Pakistan but studied the Kashmir conflict while in college. It is exciting to know that we may learn from you and truly understand what is going on the country and hear your solutions.

I look forward to reading more from you!

Warmest Wishes to you,

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager
World Pulse

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

love my country

Thank you so much Zoe! your comment means a lot to me.
Pakistan is wonderful country with wonderful people. I have not words to praise its beauty it has so many beautiful places and beautiful people with beautiful hearts. Pakistanis are very hospitable and loving. But as we are focusing here on problems and its solution therefore I have highlighted only the grey areas of Pakistan.
I welcome you to visit our country; I can assure you will fall in love with Pakistan :-)
With such platform of world plus I’m very hopeful that soon we will be able to cope with dark side of our country then no doubt Pakistan will become piece of heaven.

Zoepiliafas's picture

YES!

Aysha,

I would love to visit and learn more about Pakistan. Often the traditional media gives us a very lens into a country that can take on a dark viewpoint. I look forward to your voice and exploring the many beauties of our country!

Warmest Regards,

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager
World Pulse

Jensine's picture

Welcome Aysha

We are so glad you have joined us and I cannot wait to learn from your life experiences and stories. Your voice can shake the earth!!

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

Half reached to my destiny

Thank you Jensine for such warm welcome. I am feeling lucky on connection with such adorable team of world-plus. I am feeling as I am half reached to my destiny. Encouraging words from my dear sisters of world plus is really helping me in achieving my vision.

ola.mahadi's picture

keep going Aysha

It is amazing to hear from you about your country and your story shuch courage in your words i enjoyed reading
Stay connected
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

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

i am flying

Thanks you Ola for your words, I liked your line you wrote "it is never too late try to make your way to your dream" yes i will try my best in fact having support of people like you, we are not making way we are literally flying towards our dreams, hope we reach soon :-)

Iffat Gill's picture

Hello Aysha, Nice to read a

Hello Aysha,

Nice to read a story from Pakistan. I have to say, you can write! I particularly liked how your wrote: " it (Web 2.0) has drew attention of authorities on many unveiled cases that were subdued cause of its sensitivity...

Indeed, in case of Pakistan, slowly people are starting to use digital media and trying to have their voices heard. It is sad that some services like YouTube are still banned in Pakistan and access to these tools is under scrutiny.

You rightfully pointed out the situation of women in FATA areas: "Females were already most neglected segment of FATA as FATA is famous for its rigid social structure in relevance to tradition..." I am looking forward to hear more stories from you and your community.

Keep up the good work and keep writing!
Kind regards,

Iffat Gill

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

Role model

Thanks alot for encouragement. And I must say that you are among those few inspirational women in Pakistan who has set an example for others. Your work for Pakistani women is outstanding. you are really a source of inspiration. We are in dire need of people like you in Pakistan. keep up the good work. I am proud of you. Stay blessed

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Hello Aysha! Your article

Hello Aysha! Your article gave us a peep into the situation in Pakistan which is not covered by mainstream media nowadays. The outsider may not be aware that there are still survivors of natural disasters and terrorism who are displaced; and the increasing number of women who are victims of sexual abuse and other forms of violence. How will they get help? how can they call the attention of those who are responsible to assist them?

There comes Aysha with her web 2.0 tool. Congratulations for coming up with this article. You, too, are a ray of hope for women and neglected communities. By writing about them, by letting the world know about their plight, you are giving a ray of hope to them.

Keep on writing Aysha. I look forward to reading your forthcoming articles.

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

Hope

Ahh so sweet of you Paulina thanks for calling me Ray of hope. Someone has beautifully described hope that “Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “MAY BE” when it seems the entire world is shouting "NO". I think it’s a great power so we should never lose it. if we have hope means we have everything. Thanks again I will prove to be what you called

Rakiba's picture

Wonderful, Aysha

Great way to express your feeling.Reading your article helped to feel the importance of Web 2.00
Keep writing!

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

thanks alot

thank you Rakiba. keep supporting

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