Web 2.0 and Empowerment of Women through Education
The most exciting part about Web 2.0 is that it has allowed lots of information to flow from one part of the world to another. People have access to learn about each and every aspect of life. These days lots of people have access to it, but still larger part of the world is still to be included.
Web 2.0 can be an important aspect of empowerment for women in the entire world. Recently, I made a short film about women suffering from uterus prolapse in Mid-Western development region of Nepal called Jajarkot. Women I interviewed and talked to were so shy to share their problem with me just because their problem laid it their uterus. It made me feel sad because they were binded completely by stereotypical concepts where they thought themselves to be inferior member of society and did not consider their problem to be an urgent issue to be addressed in society. I analyzed various social problems leading to prolapse in the uterus such as child marriage, over work burden and lack of education and awareness among women about health care.
I uploaded this video in youtube with the title “The Incurable Pain Amidst the Hills.” Youtube has been a medium for me to spread the situation of women in rural parts of Nepal and seek help for them. In addition, I am trying to contact people from various part of the world who could help me introduce e-learning in that part of Nepal. Since Jajarkot is so rural no person living an easier life would be able to spend long period of time especially teachers and professors who have good opportunities in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. This is one of the reasons for having less educational facilities in Jajarkot. E-learning therefore would be the best way to educate children especially girls who rarely get an opportunity to study. E-learning will not only enable girls to learn qualitatively but will encourage them and allow them to be a part of the larger world instead of being confined with small part of the world. E-learning is the life chance for them to be empowered.
Web 2.0 has given me an opportunity to learn any subject matter I want, connect to people in different corners of the world and share ideas with other people. As I am trying to introduce e-learning in Jajarkot, it is building my confidence and experience in striving to learn about e-learning ways and process of introducing it. I look forward to be able to spread all over in Nepal and in other parts of the world where educational opportunities are still lagging behind. I consider being a member of worldpulse to be a source of my empowerment because it has brought me closer to women’s issues from all over the world as well the solutions women come up with. This encourages me to work hard to help empower women through education.