Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Impacting Faster than Ever

I feel fortunate to be able to live in a world of transformation where digital technologies have dissolved all the national boundaries. Communication across nations regardless of your race and gender became easy than ever. Society is no more confined within the geographic territory. Now we build our own society through networking, and that is one of the key features of modern digital technology Web 2.0 that excites me most. It is marveling to see that how an online networking system can work as a national or international campaign for different issues.

The biggest reason that has multiplied my excitement and deepened my interest for social networking is the recent national youth movement it has created in my country against the war criminal. Over last couple of months, through using face book, twitter, blogging etc. millions of youth has gather in different parts of Bangladesh demonstrating against the war criminals and asking for capital punishment for the convicted. The whole movement forced the government to pass a new law that gives citizens the right of higher appeal against war criminals even after the final hearing. Even though, theses kind of acts of movement and campaign using social networking has been happening over the world, but experiencing this in my own country, being a part of it, and witnessing the impacts it can bring, elicited a different type of courage and believe within me.

I believe positive change can happen and it can happen faster than ever through digital media like Web 2.0. In the case of women empowerment movement we can generate a huge outcry through channeling and networking. Let’s take the example of One Billion Rising movement worldwide in last 14th February where women all over the world have rise together. Gladly, our university was also a part of the rising movement where we marched over the city protesting against women violence and struck an impact through “break the chain” flash mob. Moreover, we organized Vagina Monologue program on campus. We all made these happen in a conservative Muslim community of Chittagong, in a small country like Bangladesh. And this was only possible because we had access to online campaign of One Billion Rising through facilities of Web 2.0. The rising of women over the regions on V-Day bears the testimony of the success of Web 2.0 in women empowerment. Undoubtedly this also exemplifies how Web 2.0 is impacting my life and empowering me. Instead of living in a conservative community of a small city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, I am being able to have my voice heard by different people over the world, testifies that women empowerment can happen and it can happen more efficiently and rigorously than ever through technologies like Web 2.0.

Comments

JaniceW's picture

Web 2.0 as a tool for social change

As you suggest, location becomes almost irrelevant as women around the globe are speaking out and demanding social change while gaining support from remote regions fo the world. Young women such as yourself are discussing, debating and sharing solutions in ways unimaginable before. It is an exciting time and all the more so for hearing voices such as your own which in the past would have not reached beyond your community and neighbourhood.

I am excited to read more from you.

ola.mahadi's picture

Yes change ca happen

I am glad to hear from you and see through your eyes as yoou posted it is the Web 2.0 tools that making it easier and possible to get to be part of change happpneing in the other part of the wolrd .
Please do sharer more about your world your voice is important.
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

Leslie Stoupas's picture

A very exciting time

How fortunate you have been to see the direct impact of Web 2.0 in your country and around the world. Your examples do a great job of showing exactly the kind of change that can happen when women have access to digital media. I look forward to hearing your voice as you share it with the global community.

Leslie Stoupas

Anna V's picture

Inspiring

Your involvement in your community is so inspiring to me. I have just begun my activist journey and I love to read stories from inspiring women around the world who are standing up for what they believe in. Web 2.0 is a great way to make that connection, so thank you for sharing your story to inspire us all.

Roksana- Thank you for this glimpse into your world and your life. It is encouraging that access to these web tools have impacted you personally. The story of how use of social media was the vessel through which the youth changed the law is a powerful message. Your line, "using social networking has been happening over the world, but experiencing this in my own country, being a part of it, and witnessing the impacts it can bring, elicited a different type of courage and believe within me" is a reminder of the web's power and potential, both in the world and in our personhood.

I would be interested to know what vision or projects you would like to accomplish through use of these internet tools. You have the power within you do create positive change! All the best to you, Roksana!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

mrbeckbeck's picture

Yes!

Yes, Roksana, you've got it! The web is already empowering you to take on great challenges! Through access to information, and connection to like minded supporters around the world, you are making an impact in your community.

This is amazing to read, and I look forward to seeing where you take this next. I am confident that you will continue to make waves and achieve great things.

Thanks for being here and for speaking out.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

World Pulse Launches our Inaugural Community Advisory Board!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative