Web 2.0 Empowering the Digital World
The most fascinating idea about Web 2.0 is that it is a platform which does not only connect the minds alike, but also allows the information to be shared more quickly than any other media. This idea of technology provides people space in which they have their personal space to speak their mind. It brings the whole world together and allows your voice to be heard easier and faster.
Web 2.0 as a platform for exchanging ideas also makes it possible for women across the world take part in women’s empowerment movement. I think, by the help of tools of new media, women can discuss their ideas and concerns about women issues with other women. As Web 2.0 allows us to communicate with the world, the discussions will be stronger when many women can involve. Similarly, it provides us a space where we can share our stories without the consent of anyone. Unlike other sources of old media, it helps the audience to hear the story from the primary source itself. Thus, I believe the stories are more real and true. Furthermore, the stories also receive support from active online audience. However, I believe that it is not enough to be active in the web only because I think that change can only be made if we can turn our voice into action. Thus, these tools act as a catalyst for the call for big movements. For instance, I was really fascinated how FEMEN, a small feminist protest group that started in Ukraine spread global because of the help of social network. These feminists go topless movement against those who are against women rights and other social or national issues in different parts of the world where the members are active. I believe, if this idea had not been discussed, shared and acted, it would not have been gained support by the activist around the globe who share similar ideas. I am also fascinated by the fact that this movement which started many years ago is still under action in many parts of the globe (not to forget the Free Amina Movement).
Likewise, I believe New Media tools can also help me to empower myself. For example, let’s take an example of World Pulse itself, how it has allowed me to be part of a community of women all over the world to share my opinion. I am always excited to hear the stories that I would not have heard of otherwise. It has also encouraged me to gain courage to speak for the change. I feel as if my journey to raise voice for the women begins here.I believe my voice like many of yours will be heard.