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When the basic freedom of assembly, expression and movement are absent, web 2.0 becomes crucial tool of mobilization

I can clearly remember the day I joint facebook. I can also remember how I gave my friends hard time to convince me to use social media\web 2.0.
My opinion at that time was that social media limits the actual human interaction, and that it make people “lazy” to work with people on the ground; I believed (and still do) that face to face discussion and interaction is more “human” and convincible method of change.
Another factor at that time was the limited usage of internet in my country, which put the effectiveness of web 2.0 in doubt.
Eventually my network of people on facebook and later twitter and other platforms has grown, I started to share stories from my country, open discussions about sociopolitical and economical issues as well as getting knowledge about likeminded activists from around the African continent, having said that despite this progress, I have not used web 2.0 strategically, for me it was platform to share and exchange information that I did not at that time have clarity over how to employ this online activism into my\our offline campaigns on the ground, this was until the what been known as “Arab Spring” raised, we could see how powerful social media was, and we learnt a lot from the experiences of those countries’ activists.
In Sudan, where freedom of expression, movement and assembly are poorly granted, web 2.0 is an ideal tool to mobilize community and influence change, this was clear during the protests the country witnessed during June- July 2012 web 2.0 was the meeting room of activists, the advocacy platform and the media channel. It made huge difference in the work of many activists towards the usage of 2.0
Few months ago I was selected to the sister-to-sister mentorship program with the Nobel Women’s initiative, an organization deeply believes in the power of social media. The experience of the Nobel Women’s initiative amazed me, I explored how powerful web 2.0 on issues of gender justice and human rights work.

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Dear Walaa it is good to know the achievements you have made with web 2.0. For sure you can achieve more and encourage more women in your country to use web 2.0 so that we strongly fight these injustices against women. Continue with the struggle ans stay blessed.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Walaa Salah's picture

Thank you Anita

Dear Anita
thank you very much for going across my peace, and indeed the power of web 2.0 is growing to become one of the most effective tools in today's world

Thanks once again and I hope to have further discussions and communications

Sincerely

Walaa Salah

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anab87j9's picture

They can tear-gas us in the

They can tear-gas us in the streets, but they will not stop our voices from rising.
Cheers!

Walaa Salah's picture

INDEED!

Thank you Anab, indeed! its a platform that gives freedom of expression different meanings, often when I read about events took place long time ago, I feel like: "just if there were facebook at that time things would have gone to different directions", web 2.0 is changing the history of struggle for justice in general and gender justice on top of.

Kind Regards

Walaa

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William's picture

wonderful use of Web 2.0/Internet

Hi Walaa, congratulations of your well written article. You have made good use of the resources you have been given. I agree that by speaking to others, listening, then uniting as a group, is the best present way to cause change. Keep up the good work, you have learned well. Blessings, William

Walaa Salah's picture

Thanks a lot William

Dear William

Thank you very much for your feedback, and I am glad that I have learned\learning new things, and that I am using this platform for more networking and discussion.

All the best

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wizamamat's picture

Great personal Narrative

Dear Walaa:

Thanks for sharing your personal experience, web 2.0 comes with endless possibilities. As agents of change, we will keep using the medium to educate and empower women across the globe!
Hopefully we will learn more from you about the nexus between gender justice, human right, and digital media

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thanks

Thank you very much for your feedback, looking forward to write more and read more stories from all over the globe

All the best

Walaa

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Hi Walaa,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience using Web 2.0. Like you I was also reluctant to use Web 2.0 and I also remember when I first started using facebook
I started my account in order to connect with a friend from school. But now that I am more into it, I can find out if worker’s rights are been denied somewhere in the world… and even better if people have decided to go on strike and go to the streets to protest and if they are in my city I can join them

cheers,

Catarina

Walaa Salah's picture

it needs a try

Dear Catsilveira
its indeed needs to be tried out, web 2.0 power can be acknowledge mainly when people start to use it, this is the leason I learnt from my personal experience.

Thanks a lot for passing by my post.

Cheers

Walaa

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Hi Walaa,

Thank you for your excellent article. I particularly enjoyed how you used your life experience to describe the effects of Web 2.0.and technology on your life. Your voice is clear and passionate and I am very interested in what you have to say. You mentioned the Arab Spring. I and other readers would be very interested to hear more about your personal experience with that phenomenon, one that is still on-going and changing. Your voice will be important as a woman in the midst of this change who has the power of communication mastered as you do.

You mention not being strategic in your use of the Web. This is not entirely true, since honesty and sharing can, in themselves, be ways of spreading ideas and gaining advocates. So never underestimate the power of your joy of expression and also the power of your storytelling abilities....

Congratulations on your Sister to Sister Mentorship Program selection. You will do great work and I look forward to hearing your voice in the future.

MiKaBo

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Thank you for your feedback

Dear MiKaBo

I am so glad to read such a positive feedback from you, and yes we should not underestimate the power of of our words. from your comment I feel I would like to write in a different post about the effect of the uprising in MENA region.

I have complete the mentorship program and it was indeed amazing experience.

Thank you once again for listining to my voice.

Walaa

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Dear Walaa,

Thank you for writing to me. It sounds to me as if you have a story to tell, a story that people around the world will want to know. There are so many women who have been a witness to things that are not properly known. If we don't know about the truth, we cannot change it! So I admire your bravery and the hard work you are doing to learn languages and writing skills and communications in order to help us all understand what is really happening in the world.

I look forward to hearing your story and I admire your courage.

I wish you the best of luck in your work.

Sincerely,

MiKaBo

Walaa Salah's picture

oh thanks a lot MiKaBo

Dear MiKaBo
I indeed appreciate your feedback on my posts, I indeed have stories to tell as same as all of us here at world pulse.

looking forward to have more and more discussions and sharing

Cheers

Walaa

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