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Web 2.0 works magic!

Back in 80's you could only dream of finding your feature stories in the search engine results pages, without having a formal degree in journalism; of putting across your opinions about any global happening, without being an activist of any sort; of interacting with people with just as similar likes as you, with no hope of meeting them ever; of making documentaries about the sadistic customs in your society without a professional camera or guidance, for million others to watch. However, with the advent of Web 2.0, the dream has come true. It has metamorphosed into reality.

Unlike the World Wide Web, Web 2.0 is a collaborative platform where people from diverse backgrounds interact. It would be barely a minute when you update news on your website that people have already left their opinion in the comment box. Cutting across all barriers, Web 2.0 has brought people closer, with many of them sharing stories about their land, people and traditions apart from coming to know their likes and dislikes.

From businesspersons to government employees, mainstream political parties to opposition, celebs to junior artists, school students to university scholars, everybody seems to be on the go. However, to a large extent, it has helped women, in particular to take a stand for themselves. Or to be more precise, Web 2.0 is a weapon for women empowerment. Though we are living in 21st century but even today the crimes against women continue to be on the rise. There are cases which you might never come across. Web 2.0 facilitates their outreach. You only need to post the thing, and let the share button do the rest of the work. Web 2.0 works magic. And then there are online petitions. Create one and spread the word, Web 2.0 is on the rescue. You would be amazed to find the number of people by your side.

Again there are such women sharing the common platform with you in the form of a blog or a micro blog who have fought for their rights all through their lives which can be inspirational for many women across the world. However the women in past whose woeful stories couldn't break the social shackles, the women who couldn't find a shoulder to put their weary head on, can’t be compared to those living in the era of Web 2.0. Today a woman alone can bring a revolution. No doubt, things can be pretty much difficult at times, but that shouldn't by any chance make them look impossible. Instead of waiting for someone to speak for you, stand up for yourself.

As for me, my 7-year-old relation with Web 2.0 indeed has been fruitful. As a child, I used to say: Writing is my first love. Nothing has changed. It continues to be. While Web 2.0 helped me create my own space in the form of a blog, which I consider my identity, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn has made possible to get those writings across.
Besides, I remember how Web 2.0 helped me complete my Post Graduate Dissertation on Right To Information Act of 2009 successfully when the Coordinator had denied me any permission to the RTI office and the people associated thereof. I wasn’t given permission by the Department of which I was a registered student when it was mentioned in clear terms in the Project Guide that any kind of assistance regarding the Project would be provided by the Coordinator himself.

Had Web 2.0 not been with me I wouldn't be able to make myself heard, to attend any online classes that helped me hone my skills. And most probably I would fail in the Project, had I not found the grassroots activists of the RTI Act through Web 2.0, Web 2.0 is power!

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Power!

Yeah,Dear Taha Mirani, Web 2.0 is power and your writing too

Keep it up.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

Taha Mirani's picture

Indeed

Indeed, Web 2.0 is power (y)

Thank you, Sharontina.

Love

Taha Mirani

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

It is true

Dear Taha Mirani, for sure web 2.0 is power and this is power we have to control and ensure that the grassroot woman is empowered to use web 2.0. Thanks for sharing and nice day

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Dear Anita Muhanguzi,

Thank you for the feedback.

Bless you.

Power to One Billion Rising.

Love

Taha Mirani

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Dear Anita Muhanguzi,

Thank you for the feedback.

Bless you.

Power to One Billion Rising.

Love

Taha Mirani

Aminah's picture

power to you and me

In indeed is power and empowers us, especially the marginalized society.
Finding your place, your voice, among so many great people on a platform like World Pulse is thanks to web 2.0 technology.

So yes web 2.0 is power and I am so glad I live in this generation.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Taha Mirani's picture

Aameen

Thank you, Aminah. Indeed. We all are glad :)

Love

Taha Mirani

JaniceW's picture

Web 2.0 is power

I enjoyed reading your piece which is articulate and captures perfectly the power of web 2.0.

Web 2.0 has provided millions around the world with the ability to influence the thoughts and behavior of others. In this way, as you said, a woman alone can bring about a revolution. We now have the ability to attract others of like thinking to build support for ideas and actions. We can gather in a way that was impossible before to brainstorm, critique and debate solutions. We can interact with those millions of miles away as if they were in our home. We can be heard irregardless of location and circumstance, and that in itself makes web 2.0 a powerful tool.

I look forward to reading more from you.

Taha Mirani's picture

Indeed

Thank you so much, JaniceW.

Indeed, we all can together help make the world a safer place for women.

Love

Taha Mirani

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Thank you.

Love

Taha Mirani

Precious M's picture

That last statement!

Yes Taha! Web 2.0 is indeed power. It is power to change, power to mould, power to make a difference. It is our power!

I enjoyed your post.

Precious

My pen speaks

Taha Mirani's picture

Exactly

Exactly. It is our power.

Thank you dear.

Love

Taha Mirani

Helwa's picture

Very True

I remember the first day when I learned about web 2.O had no clue of what it was and reading today what that is really am glad am embracing change.

Taha Mirani's picture

Yes

Web 2.0 has filled a void, so to speak. Without it life would have been incomplete. And who knew we all would meet one day, here at world pulse.

Love

Taha Mirani

Potter's picture

Celebrate the Power

Taha, it seems you are reveling in the potential power of web 2.0. I look forward to reading more of your insights on World Pulse. What an amazing platform. Keep writing sister1 You have so much to say!

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Thank you for the feedback, dear.

Indeed World Pulse is an amazing platform. Together we can bring a change. (y)

Love

Taha Mirani

SSD's picture

Brava!

Thumbs up girl, for an amazing post!

And, thank you for the invitation - I have accepted! :)

Keep penning - it is the brilliant weapon that slices any/and all oppression !

Love & light,
Shaheen

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Dear Shaheen, thank you so much.

Exactly. Pen has always been mightier than sword. And Web 2.0 has multiplied the power.

Love

Taha Mirani

Mukut's picture

Fabulous work Taha!

It is indeed the interactive medium that web 2.0 allows to cut across all barriers and dimensions.

Very well written. keep it up!

Love,

Mukut Ray

Taha Mirani's picture

Exactly

Thank you, Mukut.

Love

Taha Mirani

Woman of voice's picture

WOW

Wow what a brilliant piece

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you, dear.

Thank you, dear.

Love

Taha Mirani

Woman of voice's picture

Taha

Its my pleasure

Greengirl's picture

Powerful!

Your writing is full of powerful! Thank you for sharing such an intelligent piece of writing from your wealth of wisdom. iam truly inspired.

Greengirl

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

You're too kind. Thank you very much for those encouraging words, dear.

Blessings from this side

Love

Taha Mirani

Hesychia's picture

Enthusiasm

You have great enthusiasm for using Web 2.0 and digital media! Your enthusiasm is infectious!

Hesychia

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much, dear Hesychia :)
Trying to pass it on to all the lovely ladies like you <3

Love

Taha Mirani

Katharina's picture

Great post!

Great post you have there, Taha! I absolutely agree with what Janice commented earlier. You gave an amazing example how the web 2.0 can actually be really used in practice to support your cause. I'm really glad to hear that it helped you with your project. This example of yours is really inspirational I find for others who might face similar difficulties. Looking forward to reading more from you!

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much, Katharina. I am overwhelmed by the response I've received from all you lovely people.

Love

Taha Mirani

weaverheart's picture

Strength and power!

Dear Taha,

I am in agreement with all the comments above. Very strong and powerful piece. You have the voice, the words, and the wisdom and passion behind it. Great job, keep it up!

All my best,

Laura

Laura R.

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Dear Laura,

Thank you so much for the encouraging words.

Blessings from this side.

Love

Taha Mirani

libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Taha, I dropped by and be

Hi, Taha, I dropped by and be nourished. Your vision of the power of women and the power of New Media is compelling and encompassing. Your wisdom shines through your work!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Taha Mirani's picture

Thank you

Dear Libudsuroy, thank you for taking the time out to read my post. I'm grateful. Bless you :)

Love

Taha Mirani

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