WEB 2.0, A FORMIDABLE TOOL THAT CAN CHANGE LIVES AND BUILD NATIONS
The world is fast evolving and much time is spent on the virtual world for many reasons. The web 2.0 is used to get information, communicate, create or raise awareness on vital issues, network, sell ideas and products and much more.
What excites me most about this tool is the fact that it is free and accessible for all to use irrespective of age, sex, religion, political leanings etc. Web 2.0 if used purposefully, gives the greatest results to the user. The speed at which information circulates across nations is amazing, with feedback got at an instant. The ability to gain a vast following and build a huge network in common courses is unimaginable. Web 2.0 keeps us linked to our families, friends, groups and the world at large. The ability to log online and post wherever and whenever is fascinating, coupled with the options for selective attention and distribution of information. In which case, the user of web 2.0 whether through blogs, facebook, twitter, youtube and some of the social media sites can decide and build and join a virtual world according to his/her desires, needs and aspirations.
Web 2.0 can bring about many solutions to the Global Women Empowerment Movement. It offers the opportunity for women to speak out for themselves, without having others speak for them. This enables women’s voices to be heard through sharing of experiences and issues that directly affect them and their kind to seek solutions.
With web 2.0, women stand to benefit not only in the exposure they have for their problems to get solutions, but also get great opportunities to empower themselves educationally, socially, politically and otherwise. With web 2.0, the Global Women’s Empowerment Movement and its network of women has the opportunity to know issues of gender violence in other parts of the world and seek solutions to them.
This tool have been so empowering for me because as a journalist, this happens to be one of, if not the most helpful tool for research, journalistic communication and education. Through it, I have been able to contribute my point of view on topical issues and also sign on some protest for change in change .org. It is thanks to web 2.0 that I could get the information about World Pulse from another women’s leader after we attended a seminar organized by the American Embassy in Cameroon to mark the Women History month 2013, and one of the modules stressed on the great opportunities that women can have online. I intend to build and gain a bigger virtual audience so as to have a greater impact and have my voice on issues concerning women, the girl child heard. This is an endeavor I already started on my facebook page, and this forum will just enable me to widen my horizon.