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Speak; We Can Hear You

Growing up in the early 90's in southern Nigeria was tough.

I grew up hearing the fear in the voice of my parents and older siblings as they spoke about the then military dictator - Gen Sanni Abacha and acts of blatant human rights violation, extra judicial killings, abduction and assassination of anyone who stood in his way; everyone spoke - whispered terrible things of the military regime, but few were heard. Why? There were only what I would call old media; TV, Radio, Newspaper and most of these outfits reported what they have been instructed to report, the saying "who pays the piper dictates the tune" was true in their case. Nigeria maintained a 'good' image in the larger civil society and the international community while her citizens suffered on, uncertain about the very next minute.

Whole governments have been toppled, the worlds farthest corners and most inhumane practices have been illuminated and action has been taken and is still been taken by the international community to put a stop to these acts, all thanks to the accessibility, availability and affordability of Web 2.0, this is truly exciting for me!

Vulnerable people from across the globe- children, women, people living with different forms of disabilities, religious/sexual minorities etc can now report their stories of abuse and exploitation, marginalization, discrimination, disenfranchisement - uncut, un-doctored, in their own words!

Without Web 2.0, issues such as widow cleansing, breast ironing, female genital mutilation, curative rape may not have seen the light of the day as these practices have been in existence long before the world got a wind of it.

Personally, Web 2.0 has made it possible for me to meet and form close friendship with women from around the world, women who come from diverse cultural, socio-economic, political, religious and ethnic background and even though they appeared different from me, I have learned that we are all intricately connected - we have been beaten, misused, prejudged, exploited, humiliated; we have been dealt the worst blows YET we are still determined to keep fighting, keep pushing and most importantly we are determined to make a difference so that other women may have an easier life and within this community of global women, I have been able to share and lighten some of my burdens, I have learnt new and sometimes better ways of dealing with my past, my present challenges and make adequate plans for the future.
I have had the rare opportunity of learning new cultures and belief system and this has helped me in understanding, respecting and dealing with people from diverse backgrounds in my practice as a social worker.

In the fight for women rights and empowerment, Web 2.0 is our closest ally, because within these platforms, we have a sisterhood of women who have faced, who are facing and who may yet face similar challenges. We have a network of supporters, we are able to share our problems and sharing is paramount if we must heal and win.

Comments

Titilope's picture

Yes sharing is important if

Yes sharing is important if we must heal. The sisterhood of women is very important for this healing. Ride on ! Agood contribution.

Vweta's picture

Thanks

I couldn't agree more

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Aminah's picture

Web 2.0 has indeed brought

Web 2.0 has indeed brought about positive changes in the world.
As you have stated, what we had was old media like TV which most often in the developing countries are state owned or controlled and highly regulated. And in many places some channels are controlled by influential political parties and only promote their own agenda.

Web 2.0 tools has given a platform form for the ordinary citizen to play the role of the journalist.
We bring issues important to us to the attention of the world community and we have witnessed the power of it.

So yes, we need to continue to work on this path.

Regards,
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Taha Mirani's picture

Of course

Of course, Web 2.0 has made it possible for every woman to get her thoughts across.

Thumbs up (y)

Love

Taha Mirani

Sharontina's picture

Sharing

Sharing is paramount.

That says all.

Meaningful, I enjoyed your piece, taking all global issues into account, to your heart.

Keep sharing.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

Vweta's picture

Thank you all for your kind

Thank you all for your kind comments. Best of luck as we connect to make a difference.

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Hesychia's picture

Connections

Connections are vital ~ we need to be heard to begin the healing. Well said!

Best wishes ~
Hesychia

Jumi's picture

Connect we must

The connections Web 2.0 allows us to make with people all over the world is priceless. You've done well connecting with other women here and on other platforms for change. Good job, Vweta's.

Vweta's picture

Thank you so much Hesychia

Thank you so much Hesychia and Jumi. Since the next journal for VOF applicants is about our personal stories, you may fully understand how important it was for me to be heard before I could begin healing.

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Katalina's picture

Congratulations!

Hi Vweta,

Amazing story. I'm so glad to hear that you are so resilient. I am happy that you have been able to find support and keep fighting with Web 2.0 Beautifully written and inspiring story. May we all have the strength and courage you have in such difficult situations.

All the Best,

Kathi

Vweta's picture

Thank you Katalina. I

Thank you Katalina.

I apologize for not replying sooner.

Sharing my experiences and reading about others is really what keeps me strong and resilient.

I wish i found World Pulse sooner! The Love and unity here is so strong, i can almost reach out and touch it.

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Katalina's picture

So glad World Pulse has been

So glad World Pulse has been helpful, thanks for reaching out. Katalina

Vweta's picture

Thank you too Katalina. Best

Thank you too Katalina.

Best wishes and love,

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

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