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The wonderful world of web 2.0

Web 2.0 offer a myriad of opportunities which include powerful tools for citizen journalists. An example of an exciting web 2.0 is the World Pulse Journal. The availability of the various networking opportunities and ease of access is what makes the effect of web 2.0 platforms and its associated applications extremely powerful. I find this very exciting because as an activist, I see a great potential for the use of these tools to cause positive change. The ease of finding multiple information sources makes it easy for me as an activist to increase and polish my skills and be an effective communicator among my peers.
Networking between organization and individuals who are interested in similar causes is a wonderful example of the applicability of web 2.0 platforms, where people can be informed and aware of ways where they can help and effect change. Connecting women worldwide who share similar issues, concerns and interests in solving them can come together to beautifully display a multicultural perspective and understanding of the problem they face. For example, women in America can learn about the harmful effects of cultural stigmas with regards to female genital mutilation (FGM), where as a woman in Sudan can learn how rape stigmas follow women everywhere, even in America. When women come together through web 2.0 applications, and offer their perspectives and share their stories, they become empowered and fired up for change. This serves as a powerful tool for the global women's empowerment movement.
The tools offered by web 2.0 are empowering for me because they inspire me to use them in ways I have never though imaginable. I can use twitter for example to tell stories of how the government in Sudan is using systematic sexual violence against women to use the stigma and shame weapon against them in order to cripple dissent. I can connect to people around the world who find these actions despicable and want to change the situation. A web 2.0 offer room for collaboration and connects people together. World Pulse is a testimony to the power of web 2.0

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ola.mahadi's picture

with web 2.0 we are connected

We should use those tools to empower us women and stand against unjitice

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

anab87j9's picture

Indeed! Thank you so much!!

Indeed! Thank you so much!! This is an example of how web 2.0 is exceptional in connecting us. I just learned about SUWEP! Thank you for sharing that!

binapatel33's picture

Thank you~

Great points and I completely agree! Women can learn a lot about one another globally through this platform. This is a good way to teach one another on how to heal and to make our reality their reality.

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC
www.hcmediate.com

I liked the way that you highlighted networking and connecting women globally. Web 2.0 is allowing hidden problems to float and be solved

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

anab87j9's picture

Yes Indeed Yosra! If it was

Yes Indeed Yosra! If it was not for web 2.0, Safia Ishaq's case would not have come to the surface to shed light on the systematic sexual abuse used by the NISS to silence female activists.

Hello, anab87j9 - I am yr listener for week 1. Plse see yr inbox for other feedback.

You mention the following uses of the web that you find useful: getting info, networking, collaborative problem solving, cross-cultural education/knowledge/sharing, & empowerment thru these functions of the Web.You also say that the Web inspires you further and teaches you how to be a more effective activist. And you make note of Twitter. Finally, you mention telling stories, which is a fundamental aspect of being a journalist. You hit most of the points that I can think of re. the uses of the Web for activism.

You also gave examples, such as "women in America can learn about the harmful effects of cultural stigmas with regards to female genital mutilation (FGM), where as a woman in Sudan can learn how rape stigmas follow women everywhere, even in America." I liked that one, because it would seem to me that this type of exchange would really further compassion and empathy, which are motivating and consciousness-raising for the uninformed. And I also liked that you envisioned a TWO-way route of exchange, the two cultures learning about and from each other. You also give another example, of informing the Twittering public about Sudan's use of "systemic sexual violence against women."

These are good examples that make the reader start to become more curious or to get excited with the possibilities. Two of the functions of a skillful leader are to motivate others to action and to inspire expanded visions of what is possible. If your READER is excited, you are on your way to doing those things.

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Emily Garcia's picture

Great post!

Great post! I can feel your excitement in your words and that in itself is motivating! This is a great discussion of Web 2.0 and the many possibilities it offers the activist. I can't wait to read more from you here on PulseWire!

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

anab87j9's picture

Thank you Emily! I appreciate

Thank you Emily! I appreciate your feedback and encouragement!

Anab

Mukut's picture

Hey Anab

Hello dearest sister,

It is great reading your posts. I learnt that you are originally from Sudan and have even lived in Saudi Arabia. Under your areas of expertise, you have listed that you want to uproot the misogynist shackles of "sharia law" because it dehumanizes women. That is amazing of you to say and i look forward to interacting with you more.

Lots of love from India,

Mukut Ray

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