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What Can Technology Do?

Web 2.0 is an incredible technology. It is not just the platform for connection, or education, though those things have clearly come from Web 2.0. The most exciting aspect of Web 2.0 to me is the capacity to spark positive social change. It is not just for the elite to have or for the poor to receive or for an average girl to utilize. Everyone has the opportunity for ownership and impact, to be heard or seen, and to make a positive difference in the world. As everyone engages, both our similarities and our differences can be shared and celebrated in ways we never even imagined. Web 2.0 facilitates many perspectives and a collective power. Technology is more than computers, cell phones, and high resolution screens, it puts a face to the female condition, it shows that we are connected at the heart, and it enables us to live to our fullest capacity.

Web 2.0 offers many solutions to the global women’s empowerment movement. Blogs, twitter, facebook, pinterest, Hollaback, Harrassmap, Techwomen, Take back the Tech, CCN coverage of breast ironing… by facilitating women with resources, life saving knowledge, a platform to be heard and seen, and a means of challenging the status quo, Web 2.0 makes the seemingly impossible possible. It harnesses the most immense power in the world, that of girl power. It transforms this power into action, outputs, and positive results, both measurable and intangible. Web 2.0 may save a life, inspire a life, transform it, or just brighten one's day. Big or small all acts of empowerment matter.

Web 2.0 has encouraged me, an unknown voice, to speak up and share my experiences as a woman, as a scientist, as a leader, as a friend, and as a citizen of the world. I have learned of apps that may keep me safer in the city, or counteract negative messages, and I am empowered. As I contribute to my first blog, it is empowering to receive a response, to know I made a contribution, to know I am not alone, to hear other perspectives, and to connect with the most amazing women I could not have otherwise known about. By hearing their stories, I am more confident in mine and by hearing how they’ve overcome, I’m less trapped by my fears. Web 2.0 offers a global sisterhood, which is very empowering. I’ve never had a sister and always longed for that connection, but I have a hope and a feeling that is going to change with Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is not just an output of Science Technology Engineering and Math, it is a seed for social change, a spark for altering the status quo, and like light or sound, and it can be shared, infinite in capacity, never diminished by the number of people who experience it, unable to be contained or captured by just one person. It belongs to the world, and it is a powerful tool.

Comments

Chrisitina's picture

Together we could make a change

"Web 2.0 makes the seemingly impossible possible." Totally agreed! Let's keep on and make a change!

Cheers,
Christina

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Sharontina's picture

technology

Dear Leedjia,

Thats a good posting. No one wants to be left behind in the new wave of technology. and web 2.0 paves way so that no one is left behind.

Lets continue to share.

love.

Merlin Sharontina

awinkie's picture

Such powerful words here! "By

Such powerful words here!

"By hearing their stories, I am more confident in mine and by hearing how they’ve overcome, I’m less trapped by my fears. Web 2.0 offers a global sisterhood, which is very empowering." This is beautiful and I couldn't agree more. The togetherness we women feel when we are connected across the world is very very powerful!

Web 2.0 is a very very important tool and can transform the way issues facing women are seen and addressed and you are doing this with your post! look forward to hearing more from you.

tracimichelle8's picture

Inspiring and Empowering

I am so inspired by your entry Leedjia! There was so much that I personally resonated with.
"Big or small all acts of empowerment matter." This is so true in my life. An affirming smile from a stranger will uplift my day!

"By hearing their stories, I am more confident in mine and by hearing how they’ve overcome, I’m less trapped by my fears. " I have also found this to be true in my life.
Another favorite, "to know I made a contribution, to know I am not alone," I have noticed in my own life that when I was not connecting with others and sharing openly I felt more alone and more fearful. The web really allows us to connect around the world and hear the affirming stories of others much like ourselves.

I am really moved by your entry. Thank-you for sharing yourself and your positive vision! I am looking forward to reading more from you! Great work!
Joyfully,
Traci

Potter's picture

What Can Technology Do?

Thank you for this powerful post. You have a strong voice and a clear vision. I love what you said in conclusion about "a seed for social change, a spark for altering the status quo and like light or sound it can be shared..." Throughout your piece you refer to the potential of web 2.0 to spark positive social shcnge. I'd love to read more of your thoughts on what changes might be made and how that might come about. As you wisely say, "big or small, all acts of empowerment matter." Keep writing! You have so much to say!

Leedjia's picture

Thank you! And more sparks :)

Sisters,
Thank you so much for your reply, it is tremendously valuable to me. I have always been "the quiet one" but I do not feel constrained here and I feel Heard!! I feel loud and fierce! Thanks to you!

I think that technology has so much power- especially for women

take Harrasmap in Egypt for instance http://harassmap.org/en/
this tool allows stree harrasment to be quantified, objective, and harder to argue with! Plus women know where they may be at risk.

Hollaback is another similar tool http://www.ihollaback.org/ to end street harrasment

Here is a program in Africa https://www.takebackthetech.net/ to end violence toward women

And another in the US http://www.techwomen.org/ to connect women and give them skills

I recently met with a retired NASA scientist, he has a program that launches cell phones in high altitudes in such a manner that can be tracked on the ground easily, the information sent back can be used to create or find better conditions for growing food.. He wants to give this technology to girls!! How powerful would this be? Teaching girls about science, facilitating social change, and connecting women together.... I hope it is not just a myth!

Lastly, I think by conversation and time, we create the environment for new ideas, and when we act on them, we give and share power and make a difference. That is my hope- to facilitate these possibilities with other women- in science and tech, globally- that would be a dream come true!

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