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Web 2.0 has unlocked the world to me and strengthened me for making my dreams come true!

‘Now we are equal’ is what I can easily make my brother understand. Before, it was him who was the ‘know better’ person as he knew more about ‘outside’ matters, the ones considered to be important. Being connected to the outside world made him able to practice power over me, my other sisters and even my mother which so made us unequal. However, once I’m on web 2.0, I am treated equally, so it is easy to change the power dynamics between me and anybody else whom the society wouldn’t have considered to be as equal to me.

“Remove him from your friend-list or I will remove you,” he said. My cousin ‘ordered’ me to un-friend a male friend from my facebook account because he believed that person is not a good person. I can practice my social life as I want is what makes web 2.0 available for me. The range of Web 2.0 is so large that he just can’t stop me from what I now think is experiencing ‘my’ life; and not only him but anybody else. I think in both cases, it has changed the unequal power dynamics between us. On web 2.0 I can decide for myself and am not dependent on them for I can do anything by myself now.

Web 2.0 connects me to the world and widens it from a world limited to home, school, and the utmost a patriarchal and male dominated society to a world where I can connect to people as farther as possible and so have impact from and on them. It takes me as a woman from a state where being woman is my weakness to a state where it becomes strength. What has changed is that I know myself better than before.

Web 2.0 has unlocked my abilities and confidence. It helps me know where I stand; what I want; and what I can do. There are many things that I thought or even did not think about before, but now I know. As I know my abilities, I’ve build confidence.

Web 2.0 helps me as a woman to know and speak confidently not only for myself but also for many others in any point of the world. Through web 2.0 facilities I can affect many people and also be affected by them because I can hear them and am heard. I can find other people who have the same goals as me and thus we can learn from each other. I believe that nothing is impossible if all of us decide to do it and web 2.0 provides the field for this decision to be made. So, it makes us to have the strength to do anything we want.

And the fact that I am not going to stop here and web 2.0 has much more for us to discover and utilize in order to achieve our dreams is what excites me the most.

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Sharontina's picture

confident

I see a confident and openhearted lady in you.

keep it up

Merlin Sharontina

ola.mahadi's picture

Working to build you confident

Go girl make the mosr ot our ur access to internt and make the change reality.
Ola

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

j3ssm3ss's picture

Power

Fantastic Rabia - It had never really struck me before that the internet could be so powerful in introducing balance between you as a woman and men in your society - even the men in your own family. The way you write really makes me feel humble, understanding what a fundamental affect having access to knowledge has in a place where before, lacking world knowledge meant lacking freedom and equality, to inhabit a smaller world - I really feel your sense of release and new-found confidence!

I also find it really interesting that by occupying a space on internet communities such as facebook, it also makes you vulnerable to criticism and control, even by those closest to you. The internet is a double edged sword. Your voice is defiant - How do your male family and peers react to this refusal to bend to their demands?

I also would really love to know more about what exactly web 2.0 has helped you to discover - some examples of knowledge or ideas you've discovered online, or ideas and intuitions you already had which, by exploring online, have been confirmed for you. This could be thoughts and feelings you have about your own community or the rest of the world.

What do you intend to do with this power in future? How can you exploit the web to make your voice heard and expand your world further? Keep writing, I' looking forward to next one!! :)

binapatel33's picture

Freedom!

Hi Rabia,
I really like how you have voiced your opinion regarding Web 2.0. Your story is incredible and portrays a sense of freedom that you are seeking in the culture that you live in. I come from an eastern background and so I completely understand what you are going through. However, remain strong and confident. You are on the right path to freedom. Keep writing Rabia!

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

Ayandacele's picture

Wow! Rabia, I have always

Wow! Rabia, I have always believed in the saying "knowledge is power" no matter where you go, what you do the best person is the one who listens a lot and talks less. You have taken the big step in developing yourself in taking charge in your own intuition, your wants your being you and making your life/existence count not only to your benefit but open heartedly to everyone else. Well done. Remember the sky is not the limit! Its to good to learn from what was the down fall or the unfortunate even of your life and turning the situation to have a good effect and a lesson to all. I commend you for that! Well done and keep it up!

The best way to predict future is to create it.

innerdelight's picture

The world is your oyster

Hi Rabia,

I so enjoyed reading your article! Feeling the liberation from having discovered ways to connect with others of your choosing and how that is opening a world to you and those you share with.

"Web 2.0 connects me to the world and widens it from a world limited to home, school, and the utmost a patriarchal and male dominated society to a world where I can connect to people as farther as possible and so have impact from and on them. It takes me as a woman from a state where being woman is my weakness to a state where it becomes strength. What has changed is that I know myself better than before."

I'd love to know how your cousin and the rest of your family have responded to you finding your own voice and no longer letting them feel they have power over you... and are more women and girls you know experiencing similar things?

Thanks for sharing and keep on writing!

joyful blessings,
Tina

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