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"VOF Week 1: (Digital democracy )

Computer mediated communication has become part of our everyday life. A global network now exists. Geographical space and time have been shrunk and people exercise their communication rights to greater lengths.
What is most exciting about using Web 2.0 is that it opens a wider horizon for mass communication particularly in Zimbabwe where there are stringent media laws. This form of ‘digital democracy’ promotes our freedom of expression and the freedom to seek, receive and impart information across frontiers without fear of repression. Web 2.0 presents us with an opportunity to participate fully in the global village. We can now interact with people across boarders and share knowledge, experiences and good practices at minimal costs.
The global women’s empowerment movement can create positive change to women by using Web 2.0 to promote women’s equal participation in decision making and raising their voices to promote their rights. Web 2.0 can provide women a platform to raise their voices in business, the media, politics, the academia, arts and culture. Women can learn from one another. They can unite to end violence and use Web 2.0 as an information source in order to share information, highlight their ideas, hopes, expectations and fears so as to shape their own destinies. The women’s movement can promote communication rights which go beyond freedom of opinion and expression, to include areas such as democratic media governance, media ownership and control, participation in one’s own culture, linguistic rights, rights to education, privacy, peaceful assembly and self determination.
Web 2.0 is a form technology that has expanded my communication and advocacy skills and knowledge of issues happening around me. Through practising citizen journalism, I am able to set the agenda and inform people about issues in Zimbabwe that are important. The technology enables me to cultivate positive attitudes and values to advance human rights. It empowers me to positively influence people’s opinion and judgment by presenting new ideas aimed at advancing the rights of marginalised groups such as women, children and sexual minorities. Through the use of Web 2.0 I have challenged ideologies that infringe the advancement of human rights for all. For instance, I can freely report taboo issues in Zimbabwe. In addition, the interpersonal linkages created by the sharing of information through social networking has positively influenced my beliefs and behaviour and this has empowered me to reflect on the women’s movement in Zimbabwe and take action in advancing women’s rights.
The cliché “information is power” can be used to depict how Web 2.0 has empowered me. Through participating in the social network, I have leant from other women through their articles, poems, the stories of their lives and their experiences. As a result, their rich experiences, their participation in raising the voices of women, the dynamic content in the articles they post, the freedom of expression and increased participation by members of the Voice of the Future Applicant group has greatly inspired me to pursue citizen journalism and projects aimed at promoting human rights.

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Nzasu's picture

Miss Zimbambwe

But alot of us do not understand this communication this human to computer interaction.So how can we design systems for these two entities if we don't understand them? And that is why half the time when you are on the net you are trying to figure out how something works and or how to do something.

cad_communication's picture

Web 2.0

This is why its exciting to learn how to use Web 2.0. It's more of human to human interaction using the computer to facilitate the communication process. If few people are trained to use this technology they will then train others and we try to brig a gap when it comes to human to computer interaction.
Have you posted your assignemnt yet?

Gertrude

The Afrika way's picture

Zimbambwe has always been

Zimbambwe has always been depicted as a dark country to the point that one wonders if there is any developmental and sustainable activity going on. It is encouraging to read that there women in Zimbabwe who achieving goals, and speaking for both themselves and their fellow women. This is the beauty and relevance of Web 2.0.

Learning is a process and an activity, we live in a world that is always evolving. Yes this technology may be challenging, and effort may be required, but it is here, and the advantages of using it far outweighs the obstacles we may have to face. Thus for those who have the opportunity to make use of Web 2.0 lets learn it and lets exploit, for ourselves and for the all the women who do not yet have the opportunity.

cad_communication's picture

Indeed

Indeed, Zimbabwe has been depicted as a dark country. For thosre who have been to Zimbabwe, they will agree with me that my country has a lot of potential. It is like a sleeping giant. I look forward to learning how to use web 2.0. This tool would enable us to bring positive change in a beautify country that has been reduced to ruins.

Gertrude

alikatz's picture

Assignment 1 has been READ!

Gertrude,
Great writing for assignment 1. I loved your passion and excitement of what web 2.0 can do for the women of Zimbambwe. I also liked your comment to Miss Zimbambwe about why computer technology is so important. This showed great leadership on your part.
Well Done,
Alison

cad_communication's picture

Thank you

Alison
Thank you for your comment. Indeed, i found it very exciting to learn more about Web 2.0. I am looking forward to sharing what i learn with other women in Zimbabwe who have limited access to computers and the Internet technology.

I look forward to telling my personal story in the next assignment.
Thank you once again

Gertrude

harinees's picture

Very well written

Hi Gertude,

You are article is very well written. I really like how you have explained to us how Web 2.0 impacts you personally. It is enlightening to know about the issues people face around the world. I hadn't know much about the problems in Zimbabwe before this - except for your (in?) famous president. I hope things get better for your people.

Very well done!

Thank you for your comment. We are hoping that the Governement of National Unity will bring meaningful change. There is urgent need to rebuild Zimbabwe and i hope the international community will help us in any way. There has been a lot of suffering for more than a decade and it is time for change and i hope to use web 2.0 to bring about this change.

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