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Journey to Online Community: Should Have Started at A Certain Point!

Back then there was not internet; and also no idea of an online community. When I traveled from Afghanistan to Bangladesh for studying at Asian university for Women (AUW), I took the lead of another journey, a journey that connected me to the world outside of my home, school and my small community in Afghanistan. This journey did not only connect me to Bangladesh and my university but the GLOBE. I made my first email account in Afghanistan which I did not use at all because there was no opportunity, time, place, and access so that I could use it. The only means available was net clubs, not accessible for girls, and also with super slow need speed.

And then, it was after coming to AUW that I created my real email account with the help of another friend. This account was the first step that locally globalized me. The sense of being part of a bigger community and having my voice echoed in a bigger space among a larger number of people who can hear it, makes the online community and so the World Pulse special. Now that I know what I can do by being part of this community, I think that I have spent most of my life, the duration without access, as a blind and confined person, not even knowing what my own surrounding was like. The way that the online community of World Pulse has connected me to people, who have the same voice as I have, I think I will be able to easily overcome the challenges I face in my society and also learn how to help others to do the same. It has not only given me voice but also the tool to encourage others to raise their voices.

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J écoute's picture

Rooting for you! Hope you

Rooting for you! Hope you achieve all of your goals and help others to do the same!

J écoute

tracimichelle8's picture

You are a Shining Star!

Rabia,

I am so excited for you and for the possibilites this online community and your access to the internet is bringing you. It is very inspiring to hear your story!

This sentence: " I think that I have spent most of my life, the duration without access, as a blind and confined person", I think is applicable for so many people in so many different situations.
For myself, I know I have "lived blind and confined" in my own world. Many times unaware of my own strengths, courage, beauty and the impact I have on the people and the world around me.
I am inspired by your positivity, your courage and your commitment to raise your voice and by raising your own voice you encourage many others, myself included, to raise theirs.

I am looking forward to hearing more about your vision for yourself and your community!!
I respect and honor you as a women and as a human being!
Keep up the great work!
Joyfully,
Traci

Emily Garcia's picture

Great to meet you here!

Hello Rabia,

Thank you for writing! In your words I sense your great strength, great hope, and great potential! I share your enthusiasm in being a part of this community and am so happy to meet you here.

I look forward to hearing more about your vision for the future and the challenges you are working to overcome.

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Associate

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