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Web 2.0 Our Voice

Quicker than expected the divided world is fast becoming a Pangaea again, where globalization has impacted how we as a people now live our life in today’s society. Her voice, my voice, needs a space in the world to be heard a space that can capture and reflect her voice - my voice, her realities - my realities, her concerns - my concerns and most of all her beliefs - my beliefs. And where else in this modernized world but, through Web 2.0 technologies.

I believe that Web 2.0 aids and has aided and is aiding in women empowerment by: 1) being an unbiased platform 2) a safe space 3) an opportunity space for online entrepreneurial activity. Historically women and their issues have been placed on the back burner and Web 2.0 has brought to the global women’s empowerment movement a tool that is non-human , therefore unbiased, which them opens the opportunity for women to safely express their thoughts, stories, or current situation as each gender brings a different perspective to the table.

Despite the saying, ‘freedom of speech is a right’, one must not underestimate the vulnerability of women in volatile areas who need to share and seek help for her issues that she may be unable to say in the face of others directly without persecution. Yes, Web 2.0 may not be a 100 % safe due to hackers and other harmful technologies such as viruses or worm, but anonymity aids in more women speaking out, as women are private begins and most often prefer a private platforms

It is a known fact that that in order to close the joblessness gap between girls and their male counterparts, the web 2.0 can be a tool for women to explore and be used for entrepreneurial opportunities that will bridge the gap that would yield an increase in GDP of up to 1.2 per cent in a single year.

Personally, the web 2.0 has enabled me to become empowered by becoming educated on various issues across my country and by extension the world. Social media such as Facebook, twitter and Google search engine has kept me up to date with various organizations that represent various social group or lobby groups that deals with important issues, such as child marriage, millennium developmental goals, poverty and other issues. It has also provided me with networking opportunities and used as source of entertainment.

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Zoepiliafas's picture

Pangaea!

Your comment: "Pangaea again, where globalization has impacted how we as a people now live our life in today’s society." What a wonderfully way to express the value of Web 2.0!

Zoe Piliafas

Voices of Our Future Community Manager
World Pulse

Zoe, you took the words right out of my mouth!

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Khaiwana's picture

Thank you

Thanks.Web 2.0 is a worldwide step to unity.

Your reflective thoughts powerfully describes the utility of Web 2.0. I love the way you emphasis the essence of Web 2.0: aids women empowerment; provides a platform for women's voices to be heard; source of entertainment; and it serves as a networking hub. I just wanted to add that we cannot remove the human factor totally from the picture when discussing web 2.0. Application tools and technologies are still human controlled. Thus, sometimes we see that even via these mediums, gender issues could be treated trivially or misconstrued. It is left to us as active agents of change to point out some of the biased views and use the platform provided by Web 2.0 to educate and enlighten others on women's global concerns.

Respectfully,
Tosin Abiodun

Khaiwana's picture

I agree but...

I am quiet aware of the fact the applications are controlled by humans. However. if both male and female have roles in the programming agenda then it would be less biased. To be very honest, most web 2.0 applications in my opinion are not programmed to be gender bias. I think what we need in the world is to have more women trained in computer science, software engineering , digital media and other computer areas in order to prevent any form of bias if there exist any.

We, what great conversation this has sparked. I'm glad this is a safe forum to have different opinions while maintaining mutual respect. Very thought-provoking!

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Cali gal Michelle's picture

sorry, typing error...

I meant "Wow", above, not "We".

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Khaiwana's picture

lol

I understood it was a typo. I do appreciate your contribution.

Tait's picture

Share

I really enjoyed reading your entry. Towards the end you started to share how you use social media to network and for entertainment. I was wondering if you used it to find a job for yourself or someone you know or for the entertainment if you used it to find out about different events. If you can start to share a little bit more of yourself with your World Pulse familey. Your writing is very clear and structured keep up the good work!!

Emily Garcia's picture

Great job!

I really love your opening paragraph where you emphasize the importance of women (including you!) sharing their own voices, realities, concerns and beliefs. Your writing style is creative and really pulls you in from the beginning. You also give great examples of how Web 2.0 aids women's empowerment and make interesting points about both anonymity and gender bias. I thought this was a strong piece and that your own personality and strength shine through your words. Like Tait commented above, I also would be interested in learning more about how Web 2.0 has been a tool of empowerment for you personally. Thanks for sharing, and again, great job!

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Associate

Khalwana- I enjoyed reading your entry, and your excitement is evident for the opportunities web technology opens up for women. Your writing is clear, organized, and accessible to many readers. You have quite an original idea that technology/the web is 'non-human' and therefore un-biased. Oh, if only us humans could be both empathetic and un-biased at the same time.

We look forward to hearing much more from you during these next few weeks! All the best!

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Khaiwana's picture

Thanks very much. Our brain

Thanks very much.

Our brain makes it hard for us to be unbiased, as humans, it's a sad reality that we face daily.

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