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A voice for the voiceless

There are many things which excite me about WEB 2.0, the most exciting thing is that there is no longer physical boundaries to stop you being able to connect with people in all corners of the world even the most remotest parts and you don’t even have to leave the house to do so! With just a few clicks of a button you can connect with millions of people from different countries and cultures which in turn expands the potential resources and information at your disposal. Therefore there are many solutions provided for the global women’s empowerment movement starting with the basic yet priceless oppurtunity for women to connect personally and professionally simply by sharing their stories and experiences. The once voiceless are given a voice and a chance to highlight causes and issues which directly effect or impact upon them and which are usually unknown to the wider world. For example how Shekina was able to highlight the issue of breast ironing in Cameroon through her role as a World Pulse Correspondent which lead to CNN picking up and running the story. This is a perfect example of how an issue practised by and/or confined to a small community can be projected into the global headlines and how people can be encouraged to speak out and fight against such cultural ignorance's. There is also a large scope provided to expand perceptions and to encourage and inspire women to unite together to fight for their basic human rights and to challenge negative stereotypes. They can do this by showcasing their determination to speak out against gender bias/ violence and by directly challenging those who take advantage of them and holding them to account for their actions and crimes. A recent example would be the horrific Delhi rape case (16/12/2012) following which there was widespread media coverage using both the traditional mediums such as TV and newspapers as well as the internet. The coverage was worldwide and through the use of the public protests and peace vigils in Mumbai and through online tools such as Facebook and WhatsApp hundreds of thousands of women and even men were able demonstrate and to demand swift justice for the victim. The outcome was that the usually slow pace Indian judicial system was propelled to take swift action (i.e. the fast track court proceedings) and there was widespread condemnation and calls for the law to be reviewed and changed. The process although still ongoing is a big step towards equality and safeguarding women’s rights and freedom to an extent. On a personal level Web 2.0 is very empowering for me even though I was fortunate to be born in a developed country where women do play a prominent role in all spheres of public life to an extent. It has enabled me to continuously increase my knowledge about other countries and cultures and also to share my passions, beliefs and views. I have also been able to get involved in worthwhile causes and to use my gender in a positive way.

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weaverheart's picture

Thank you...

Hi Srashi15,

Thank you for writing this piece. You have highlighted many examples of how changes are being made with the benefit of the networks utilized by 2.0 access. You seem to have multiple interests and passions and I hope you will continue to speak up and advocate as you have been doing! Many thanks again for being here!

All the best,

Laura

Laura R.

srashi15's picture

Thank you for your kind words

Thank you for your kind words Laura, and I will definitely carry on speaking up and advocating!

Jumi's picture

Yes to Web 2.0

Srashi15, you touch on some really sad issues there. And yes, I wonder how those may have ended differently if we didn't have Web 2.0 to highlight those issues and get a larger community involved. Thanks for reminding us that we need to keep speaking up.

srashi15's picture

Thank you Jumi, I was looking

Thank you Jumi, I was looking at your profile earlier and the work you do seems to be very interesting. I would love to hear more about it.

delphine criscenzo's picture

Why do we need a voice?

Hi Srashi,
Thank you for your essay.
I was also born in a developed country where women play a role in the public sphere, however, I often feel that they do not have enough of a significant impact. Not because they do not work hard at it, but because we always question, why do they need a voice? Why do women always want to add their grain of salt? Why do they want to change the way things are?
Web 2.0, as you pointed out is the place when we can speak freely and with who we want, without having to justify any of our conversation, desires, motivation and we don't even have to look pretty!

Delphine Criscenzo

srashi15's picture

Hi Delphine, thank you for

Hi Delphine, thank you for commenting on my article. I absolutely agree with what you said, the saddest part of it all is that it doesn't matter where a women lives she is still discriminated against.

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