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Web 2.0 and Digital Media; My Window to the World

To me, Web 2.0 is a meeting place where no boundaries exist, where I do not require to book for an appointment or scramble for an invitation to attend. Time limit is also not such a hustle as I can wake up in the middle of the night, be it to feed my baby, or just to answer a call of nature, or even when suffering a bout of insomnia, as long as I have access to the internet, I can participate and share information with people from across the world.
With Web 2.0, I can take part in all the processes of conceptualizing an idea into a consumable content, palatable for interaction with anyone online in my network.
Community leaders at the lowest rung of the ladder like myself, have been empowered with skills and the opportunity to interact with and share the challenges in their communities with other women oceans away and the world at large, as events unfold.
Web 2.0 has also amplified the voices of women, which are picked up by other women and also men, a phenomenon that has necessitated change via mass action and revolutions.
Many bills have also been signed in favour of women empowerment through a genesis of Web 2.0.
Women causes continue to get funding and the expertise to realize not only their goals, but aspirations and visions for their communities too.
More power to women, because, as it is, getting a helping hand for projects in their communities is easier, since in the course of interaction and exposure of the need in their communities, it is way much easier to get the solutions they seek, unlike before when one needed to send volumes of project proposals.
Being the founder of the Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya, Web 2.0 and Digital Media are mighty empowerment tools as it is now very easy for me to bring forth the nature of our Centre, its vision, mission and even its needs, to thousands of people all at the same time.
I am also empowered with friends from all walks of life, an interaction with whom has made me realize and discover that women are the same and face the exact same anxieties, needs and problems worldwide.
Am empowered to help a woman wherever she is, in getting solutions for the need or problems in her community, as I borrow more of her wisdom to solve my own issues.
With Digital Media, am more assertive to raise my voice in various platforms and fora like petitions, walks and other protests and marches for not only issues that concern women, but the welfare of my country, my sons, nephews, brothers and fathers too, because when all is said and done, there can never be a nation without women. We are the vertebrae that holds our countries together. Lets be our sisters’ keepers, mourning together when death strikes, as we rejoice and ululate in celebration when a new life comes forth.
Together, stronger, forever, united womenfolk.

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Sharontina's picture

Great work

Hi Phionah,

Glad to know about your work for the disadvantaged.Wish you all success in all your efforts in bringing light into the lives of the girls.

God bless.

Merlin Sharontina

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you!

Hey, Sharontina,
Thanks again for taking the time to read my post, and am very touched by your kindness in wishing us well. I believe that in this forum, we will go a long way in bringing that light, into the lives of our communities.
Blessings your way too.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Gabisflanis's picture

Great Essay Phy!

Loved how fluently communicate the amazing possibilities the Web 2.0 can give us women, specially how it unite us and makes us reflect on how alike we are, all around the world. Blessings to you!

M.G.Alonzo

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you, Gabisflanis!

Your kindness is so uplifting. Its true that Web 2.0 has brought us as women under one living room.
I bless you too.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

ayodele emefe's picture

Hello Phionah, First, I must

Hello Phionah,

First, I must tell you that your essay is well written, clear and addresses the week 1 assignment. Well done.

Like you rightly said, the most exciting thing about the web 2.0 is that no boundary exists in its usage and spread. A lot of issues concerning women such as rape, abuse, injustice and other misdemeanours against women have been brought to limelight through web 2.0. In like manner, women's achievements have also been promoted via web 2,0 which makes it a very powerful tool for advancing the interest of women.

Can you share an instance where the web 2.0 was used in your work and the impact created?

Cheers,

Ayodele

"You are a champion and a hero. Do not think yourself any less"

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thanks

Thanks a lot for your insight, Ayodele. I would like to think that the mere fact that I can communicate with you and share issues of import without leaving my country is reason enough to show how Web 2.0 has impacted not only my life but everyone else in my circle.
All the best.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

ayodele emefe's picture

Thank you phy. I agree

Thank you phy. I agree totally with you because unlike some years ago when sharing information and communicating events used to be a herculen task, web 2.0 has improved such tasks and it is good that every woman take advantage of it.

By the way, have you used tools such as facebook, youtube and other social media in the course of your work? Your essay is one that has elicited my interest and I will appreciate it if you could share some of your experiences in the use of social media.

Cheers,

Ayo

"You are a champion and a hero. Do not think yourself any less"

Phionah Musumba's picture

Anytime, Ayodele!

You are welcome, Ayodele. I am on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Pintrest, and My Space, all courtesy Web 2.0. As women, I believe we are making great strides, in bringing the world to order.
All the best, my dear friend,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

torilynnfox's picture

Thank you for sharing this

Well done. Thank you so much for sharing. It is very exciting how the web can influence all of our lives and empower us to work together. Keep up the good work!

Phionah Musumba's picture

Anytime!

Thank you for taking the time and reading my post. It really is exciting how easy it is to bring our heads together in this forum to make the world a better place for our future generations!
All the best.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

sallysmithr's picture

Keep up the great work!

Phionah,

Thank you so much for sharing. You made so many great points in your submission. I like that you state there are no boundaries that exist and also how you make the point that there are no appointments, invitations, etc. It is a place where everyone is a VIP :) That is amazing what you do at the Centre. The girls are very lucky to have you. I would love to hear more about your Centre. I have worked with children for many years, in different areas, as a social worker so I share that passion with you. I appreciate the time you took to share and am greatful to have heard your story.

Sally

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you!

Hey, Sally.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, your encouraging words are so inspiring.
The Centre for Disadvantaged Girls is anchored on 5 pillars : Education and Training, Poverty Eradication, Women's Health, Women Empowerment and Social Development. We work with girls and women from the poorest of the poor backgrounds together with those affected and/infected with HIV/AIDS. We believe that anyone can improve their lot in life, given the chance and opportunity.
All the best.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thankyou

Hey, Sally.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, your encouraging words are so inspiring.
The Centre for Disadvantaged Girls is anchored on 5 pillars : Education and Training, Poverty Eradication, Women's Health, Women Empowerment and Social Development. We work with girls and women from the poorest of the poor backgrounds together with those affected and/infected with HIV/AIDS. We believe that anyone can improve their lot in life, given the chance and opportunity.
All the best.

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Maya Norton's picture

Phionah, glad to be

Phionah, glad to be participating in VOF 2013 with you. I'll be reading.

~ Maya

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thanks, Maya

Am happy to take part in the program too. I will be reading too.
Thanks for your great support, Maya.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

akaneko's picture

Dear Phionah, Thank you so

Dear Phionah,

Thank you so much for sharing this post with us! It's great to hear that you find comfort in using Web 2.0 as a platform for your voice and your organization. I completely agree with you that things like Web 2.0 allow women all over the world to identify with each other, realize our similarities and work together to tackle issues facing all of us. Your words are inspiring and I look forward to keeping up with your work!

Best wishes,

Alison

Hello, Alison,
Allow me to thank you for reading and commenting on my post, it is very encouraging and inspiring. It is my wish that women across the world will use World Pulse and other like minded forums to hold each other's hand and forge into a future full of promise for all of us, together. This is our work here.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

annabeth's picture

World Democracy

The internet has certainly helped to democratize the world by giving all people access to a universal platform. With this tool we unite, fight and help liberate disenfranchised groups wherever we are. More power to you, more power to us.

Warm regards,
Anna Bethune

Phionah Musumba's picture

Way to Go!

You sum it all up perfectly. The internet makes us equals. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. It is very encouraging.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

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