Title – “Journey Together for a Common Cause”
I, Minakshi, belong to India, am working for the economic empowerment of women.
I am amazed at the door steps of the world community I entered , through the World Pulse. I am really overwhelmed seeing the Applicants group and the Listeners group of world pulse. I will take more and more time to view the profiles of my fellow group. Web 2.0 is the key to unlock our connections and voices that remain unheard. It is a reality that, the whole world perceives women less than a human being and the patriarchy orientation puts its heaviness in the society across countries and cultures resulted in universalisation of gender based violence. This web 2.0 will give me the opportunity to learn worldwide discriminations and multiple ways to address them by sharing concerns and ideas. This will update and empower me. This will take me to world link and connect to the world community fighting for a common goal. I am hopeful to harness its tools effectively in future.
It is we and we alone will shout for ourselves. It is a long and long journey but have faith that we will achieve the desired result in one fine morning. In India, discrimination on the basis of gender is not less, even of multiple varieties started from mothers’ womb till death. Being a woman, you will experience differentiation throughout and struggle to prove as equal human being at every step of your life. The road, public places, public transports, work place is not safe for women. Domestic violence cases are good enough to imagine the situation of women in home. Women don’t share their problems with their friends and relatives unless it is too heavy to tolerate.
I work with rural illiterate/semi-literate women, who are organised into groups of equal socio-economic background, for doing savings and credit activities on weekly basis. The group meeting provides a platform for the women to share issues beyond savings and credit, issues that affect their lives and livelihoods. Women of this group take the help of other women in crisis of any kind. This group provides physical, financial, mental and emotional strength and support to women. This increases their status in their family. These women link to different livelihood activities which give them an opportunity to earn money for their family.
What I observed that, these women are more assertive and less tolerance to domestic violence cases and interestingly seeing the solidarity of the group, the male counterpart continue to change their perception and lessen their brutality.
This is the impact of a rural, illiterate, unexposed but organised group at the hamlet level. Can you imagine the Impact of our group here by web 2.0...........!!! The women of world in one link...........to fight against discrimination, injustice, unfairness on the ground that we are women. Lets journey together for a common cause.....a global journey.