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Web 2.0 Revolution for social change

Blogging is a duty!Tweeting is a duty! and this responsibility is what keeps me tweeting everyday and blogging regularly either by reporting the real stories or criticizing issues that concern my community. However, what I most found fascinating in the Web 2.0 is the interconnectedness of all of us as human beings, meeting different challenges, suffering from different problems but at the same can relate to each others' suffering and eventually can inspire each other, help and solve each others' problems although we don't live together. This realization has been confirmed when Tunisia's revolution has inspired not only neighboring or Arab countries but people far away with whom I thought I don't share any identity, background, language or culture but actually I found out that we share more than that...we share the strife for social change.. isn't amazing? you don't have to be in Congo to raise awareness about women's rights, you don't have to be in Myanmar to reveal children's violations , with Web 2.0, you can campaign, advocate, shoot videos, write, interview, speak out and change people's lives indeed! you just need one link to a small community than you grow up the network...

Women have been oppressed in many societies and they used the digital media as a tool to speak out and guess what? it really works! it touches the reader, it impacts societies and it empowers fellow women. Reading the blog posts of women at Wold Pulse, for instance, and what resulted from it can only confirm the power of the Web when used by women. When they share their problems and stories, many women can relate to them and it creates an amazing global connection that eventually shape policy making and pressure all concerned portions of the society.

Digital media is the exposure of reality through the eyes of witnesses and that made me not only report what I find but run after "trouble" sometimes to expose this reality and investigate, connect and start new initiative with like minded people. The Web didn't only empower me but was the driving force for me to empower, mentor and inspire others. One of the things I'm proud of is when participating in citizen journalism workshops in Tunisia and actually help others create new Twitter accounts and blogs, it might seem regular but the birth of every blog is important because every single information that comes from the citizen is important. By helping them create Twitter, it doesn't only give them the power to speak out but also to connect, network and revolutionize their ideas. It might seem extreme but a tweet can save somebody's life! Three African women from different parts of the continent have created blogs inspired by mine and when reading their posts from now and then I feel my life is worth-living and that I have to continue what I'm doing with the same passion.

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Good reporting

I am happy for you for that wonderfull reporting dear Aya, which has been an inspiration for many women in Africa.

Blogging ofcourse is a silent weapon against any violence and negative issues that can put womankind at the dark.

Good work. Keep it up..

love

Merlin Sharontina

Aya Chebbi's picture

Thanks

Thank you for the support Sharontina :)

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

Riya's picture

Blog on

Dear Aya,

Thank you for the Post!! It is wonderful to read your in depth explanation of Web 2.0 (Internet and social media) and its positively use. It has been playing an important role empowering women from all around the world. I could not agree with you more about the role social media played during the Arab spring and other movements. Unfortunately, so many women around the world still do not have access to the Internet, social media and cell phones.

It is Inspiring to see how many people you’re informing people through blogging and twitting. You and your work is an inspiration to many of us. Getting opportunity to raise voices through blogging towards injustices and discrimination is an important task and many of us (women) can and have been in our fight for equality.

Please keep doing what you’re doing. Good luck!! I look forward to reading your future posts.

Peace,
Riya

Aya Chebbi's picture

accessibility

Dear Riya,

Thank you for your support. I always think about those women who don't have access to the Internet, social media and cell phones and I feel that still many voices are silenced.

Let's do our best to reach them!

Peace

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

Dana Anderson's picture

Changing Lives

Hi Aya,
You reveal what I feel is one of the very best aspects of Web 2.0: the fact that these tools allow us to pass on our own empowerment to others. You write, "The Web didn't only empower me but was the driving force for me to empower, mentor and inspire others." This is an eloquent way of expressing the power of the Web to create a chain of change. We don't have to stop when our own voices find an audience, but can find new ways to use the Web to bring others into the global dialogue.

I would love to hear more about how you started blogging and also to hear how you choose the topics you write. Thank you for sharing!

Another of my favorite lines from your essay: "Digital media is the exposure of reality through the eyes of witnesses." This statement captures the importance of using the tools available to speak out and awaken others to issues that would otherwise remain covered by ignorance, distance or disbelief. You gave me a lot to think about in your essay-thank you!

Aya Chebbi's picture

Global dialogue

Dear Dana,

Thank you for your feedback. I totally share the need for a global dialogue. I believe, as much as we empower people to speak through digital media, we won't need anyone to speak for us, because we will speak for ourselves.

I will love to hear your inputs in future assignments.

Thank you

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

Dear Aya

I loved the way you started your piece. It really made me think of blogging in a new way. It IS our duty to speak up. I also was moved by your statement "The Web didn't only empower me but was the driving force for me to empower, mentor and inspire others." Your motivation for using the web as a way to help others is refreshing.

Would love to keep hearing more from you!

Asha

Carpe Diem

Aya Chebbi's picture

Let's blog

Thank you Asha for your encouragement and sharing the same necessity for blogging!

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

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