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My love for web2.0

Recently, I discovered that Web 2.0 was more than my face-book account, twitter and online chatting, these social networks, which I had come to love because of the scoop news and its connective. It became more exciting on February 2013, when I met a new friend Abisola. She showcase more knowledge than the average girl. She introduced Global pulse as the forum to share my ideas and read other women stories . Right that minute I knew I could use my web 2.0 to access more information on and become a part of the agent of change.
So far, I can boldly affirm the roles of web2.0 in my community.Digital media and web2.0 has allowed us to connect to the other countries of the world and it has transform lives and cultures across countries and continents. For instance, most critics of gender equality in Africa refer to it as a whiteman /European idea to westernize the African woman. Through the help of web2.0 abnormalities in different culture of the world have been exposed. No history class have mentioned the iron breast tradition or the acid violence in Bangladesh.
The impact of Digital media and web2.0 cannot be overemphasized. Web2.0 has been a useful tool of mobilization of groups and rebels. Groups gathered as a result of news and information read or seen on the web. Taking a case study of the January 2012, oil subsidy strike in Nigeria, facebok, twitter and chat rooms were used to decry and gather people to rally against the government action. For the first time, in the country, a massive street protest were held and conducted by the public, women like Funmi Iyanda,women organisation led protests and demonstrations.
Followimg the lead of the Maman Shujaa initiative of Neema Namadamu and the Global Media Monitoring project, I will use the web 2.0 to advocate women’s political participation and gender based violence. Politics in my country is one of the areas with high rate of marginalization against women. For example, in the 2007 presidential election, the only female aspirant was voted out in the party primaries, she secured only four votes and openly accused women of betrayal. Therefore, my first advocacy will be promotion of love and unity among women, educating the people of the power behind supporting a female politician and help destroy the myth that women are to stay outside politics.
On Gender-based violence and equality, the web 2.0 will be an effective tool to decry violence by narrating stories of victims, videos and documentary of rural women with exceptional stories, will be shared on the blog.Above all, web 2.0 will be used as a forum to educate the girl-child.

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JaniceW's picture

Web 2.0 as a tool for change

In this community alone, you will find women who have dared to speak out and are making connections crossing oceans, continents, and cultural barriers to change the way we live. Stories are being told, movements are being started and laws are being reformed as lives are transformed. Your voice can make a difference.

I look forward to reading more from you about the issues and challenges women in Nigeria face every day.

Tosin's picture

Thanks Janice, I must daresay

Thanks Janice, I must daresay the community is a stitch in time. Now, I know women can use our voices to create the change we want.

mikabo's picture

2013 VOF

Hello Tosin,

I find your essay very interesting and well done. Your writing was clear and understandable. In spite of your hardships you are positive and enthusiastic about the future of this technology and your place in this new world.
I think your examples are very helpful for readers from other countries to understand and relate to the situation African women are in. The example of the woman who ran for parliament was very powerful and you were able to identify a need within that story and take on a communication strategy in order to open up future opportunities for women by encouraging them to support one another.

Over all this is very well done! I have learned about you and your culture. One thing you might do in the future writing is describe your examples more....I wonder what the "Iron breast tradition"? I am almost afraid to ask but we must share the hardships so we can help one another create healing from these things.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Warm regards,
Mikabo

MiKaBo

Dana Anderson's picture

Powerful Web 2.0

Hi Tosin,
When reading your essay, I am reminded that Web 2.0 can be used to achieve dreams that would otherwise remain buried in the difficulties of our times. In the end of the essay you show us the kinds of goals we can approach with these tools: equality in politics, equality in education and the development of compassion.

I also think that you show a very important part of connecting through Web 2.0: cultural understanding. We can now learn about each other in ways that previously were not accessible. Gaining knowledge of cultural misunderstandings can shed light on solutions. We also have the chance to build respect and cooperation. Thank you for reminding us of this potent element of Web 2.0!

Keep up the great work and thank you for using examples to illustrate your ideas.

Anna V's picture

The web as a connection tool

Your entry shows how we can be connected to people who lead very different lives and help each other. I also liked your mention of the aspiring politicians who received only 4 votes. It is important to know that we must stand up for our sisters in order for them to reach their dreams as well.

Nicely done!

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