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The Web 2.0 brought about by the internet revolution has marked one of the newest advancements of our time. The Web 2.0 has offered a space to connect the world together, provided a platform to have our voices heard and given rise to citizen journalism that aims to amplify grassroots movements and voices. This new emerging trend of global citizen journalists have been able to connect with each other and tell stories that rarely make it to mainstream media. The most exciting achievements of Web 2.0 is the transformation of power to local communities and citizens as well as the transfer of information among online audiences to offline communities through networking that has caused recent world changes such as the Arab Spring in countries like Tunisia and Egypt which has been dubbed the ‘digital revolution’ among other notable achievements such as Wikileaks which is working towards making our governments more transparent

The Web 2.0 in itself a global movement is making notable impacts in the women empowerments movement. Many have claimed that population of women in the world is more than the men therefore women should stop complaining of marginalization since we are the majority therefore if we want more seats in the parliament we should vote for each other. This kind of argument is flawed and a stereotype since even though women are the majority, men remain holders of power and women continue to be left out of power spaces. The Web 2.0 offers a platform for us women to agitate for our rights, make our voices heard, support each other’s causes, fight for recognition from men, tell our stories the way we want it to be told and collaborate, network, share with other women and coalesce into networks of change to bring an impact

The Web 2.0 tools are very helpful as they are easily accessible, and offer cheaper access to information. If it was not for Web 2.0 tools I would not be constantly reminded of the rape cases women have to go through in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I would be unaware of the achievements of Mama Hawa ‘Queen of Galkacyo’ of Somalia who won the Nansen Refugee Award for operating a center in the war torn country that assists women affected by Gender Based Violence, I would also not have been well informed of the resilience of Aung San Suu Kyi and the abuses that she had to undergo under the Myanmar regime and her recent successes in bringing her country towards the road of democracy neither would I have known of Eve Ensler’s ‘Vagina Monologue’ or the One Billion Rising campaign. It is for stories like these most of them made possible by the presence of Web 2.0 tools that empowers me to want to make an impact in my society, to want to act, to desire to catalyze my community for them to take action so that we can all win in this global movement towards the empowerment of the WOMAN.

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Greengirl's picture

Informative piece

Mama Hawa "Queen of Galkacyo' of Somalia, Aung San Suu Kyi, Eve Ensler's........................................... Thanks for sharing about them!

I particularly like the way you highlighted how information can be readily made available and or accessed through Web 2.0. Your aspirations to act and make impact in your society through the use of Web 2,0 tools is also commendable.

Best wishes.

Shamsa's picture

Thank You

Dear Greengirl,

Thanks for the lovely comment I look forward to explore this great platfrom on WorldPulse and learn more about the causes and passions of other women bloggers

Cheers!

Rakiba's picture

Wonderful..

These informations are very useful indeed...KEEP WRITING..

All the best,
Rakiba

Shamsa's picture

Thank you will keep writing

Thank you will keep writing as much as possible

wowitsjackie's picture

Unheard stories

I love your claim that Web 2.0 is a place for women to agitate for their rights! You shared stories of inspirational women like Mama Hawa and Aung San Suu Kyi, and I would love to hear your thoughts on how having tools like these can help more everyday women, like survivors of sexual violence in Congo, can use this tool to raise their voices as well.

Thank you for sharing!

Jackie

Shamsa's picture

Dear Jackie, Thank you for

Dear Jackie,

Thank you for reading my post and for raising this vital question of how we can reach everyday women especially those cut off from technology or living in rural villages like the DRC. Web 2.0 should be platform for all we should all be looking at ways on how to access these women and let them tell their stories not other way around.

Cheers

Maya Norton's picture

Arab Spring in Somalia

Shamsa, inspiring!

How did the Arab Spring affect Somalia - would you mind sharing?

~ Maya

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