Empowerment of Women through Web 2.0
1 . Web 2.0 is exciting for me as a woman because it gives me a platform to share my stories to a wider community that I would not have been able to reach out to using traditional media. I can meet people with the same interests as mine coming from varied backgrounds and share best practices. Through Web 2.0 I am not confined only to my neighborhood when I seek solutions but I can get solutions at the click of a button from across the globe!
2. Approximately 70% of the 1.3 billion poor and suffering people in the world are women. In many parts of the world, women and girls often have no or little decision-making power, no or limited legal recognition and protection, little control over fertility, sexuality and marital choices and inadequate access to resources, such as land, positions of power and employment and limited. As a result, women and girls are generally vulnerable to poverty, violence and HIV and AIDS, particularly in emergency situations.
Web 2.0 will help to give a platform for women to have the same entitlements to all aspects of human development, including economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights; the same level of respect; the same opportunities to make choices; and the same level of power to shape the outcomes of these choices. It will address the policies, practices, ideas and beliefs that perpetuate gender inequality and prevent women and girls from enjoying a decent livelihood, participation in public life, protection and basic services. It will ensure the full participation and empowerment of women in all parts of the world and will promote women’s rights as human rights, particularly in the areas of abuse and violence. Partnerships and alliances will be created that promote the voices of women to be heard across the globe. Our campaign, advocacy and media messages, and the images we will share on web 2.0 will emphasize the importance of gender equality in overcoming poverty and suffering. They will also expose cases of abuse that would otherwise have gone unreported. Groups and forums across the world will share learning and best practice on gender equality. Web 2.0 can help women find funds and ideas for their projects.
3.I run various women empowerment projects in my community that can benefit in terms of funding, growth, diversity if shared on web 2.0. Through Web 2.0 I can create a platform on which I can share these projects. Often community projects lack growth due to insufficient funding and lack of ideas on how the project can be sustained without dependence on outside funding. Through social networking I will be able to connect with women from across the globe and get to hear on how they are running their projects. I may even get to connect with someone whom we can have exchange visits. Voices of the poor women that I work with in the community can now be heard across the globe.