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Thoughts on using the internet

Web 2.0 is a chance for me to get involved in something so big it can change the world! When I was younger I wasn't that interested in human rights or political issues. Now I am but I’m living in a small town in Mozambique yet with web 2.0 I can communicate with people all over the world, share ideas, learn, provide information, change peoples opinions and have my opinion changed. How great is that!
For me Web 2.0 isn’t a solution in itself, however it is and will be an amazing tool to enable women throughout the world to unite behind thecommon cause, that is the global empowerment movement. It can certainly decrease feelings of isolation, it can help us put problems into perspective, it can allow women to highlight serious human rights abuses but it can also deal with less serious issues that still impact negatively on our lives. Sharing problems, thoughts and ideas can enable women to find solutions, to spread these solutions rapidly to all corners of the world and then share successes. Using the web 2.0 tool will help us solve the problems we face.
Web 2.0 will empower me in that I will be able to share the issues that we women face here, the difficulties and hardships of course but also the stories of courage and achievement against the odds. I know lots of women in Mozambique use networking sites and I hope to create interest amongst them as to how we can improve opportunities for girls and women in education and work so that through economic independence they can be in a position to make good choices in their relationships.This for me is so important as I see women accepting abuse and betrayal as something normal, having relationships that cause suffering to other women and exposing themselves or being exposed to the risk of HIV/AIDS . I have many friends who are blind women who can’t yet access this medium and I want to be a voice for them so that others inderstand the difficulties they face and share in their fight for equality (maybe just through sharing information and moral support but finance would be very welcome!). Finally for me personally I want to be active in supporting other women, sharing the knowledge and hopefully wisdom and common sense I have gained through the years and contributing to improving womens lives in general and individually.


Lisa T's picture


Dear Catharine M.,

Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate how you describe the ways in which Web 2.0 can empower you and women in your country. I especially like the line, "Sharing problems, thoughts and ideas can enable women to find solutions, to spread these solutions rapidly to all corners of the world and then share successes." I think it would be interesting to read more about the situation of women in Mozambique and the efforts to improve educational opportunities. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future!


CourtneyPaige's picture

Web 2.0

Dear Catharine,

I agree with Lisa - thank you for sharing your experience here. It is quite interesting to read, and I appreciate your framing of Web 2.0 as not a solution in itself, but as rather an important tool in bringing women together. One thing that I especially like is how you present Web 2.0 as helping to decrease the isolation women can feel, and also as helping to put problems and situations into perspective. I would love to learn more about the issue of economic independence that you raise, and how it relates to the social situation of women in Mozambique.

Thank you again for sharing, and I also look forward to learning more from you in the future!



amandamarie's picture

Week 1 Assigment

Hi Catherine,

I enjoyed reading your journal entry and especially appreciated your sentiment about using Web 2.0 as a tool to help women around you open their eyes to possible solutions. I look forward to more posts from you and hearing how that manifests!


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