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VOF Week 1 ( Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges)

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From the remote villages of developing countries to the busy cities of the industrialised nations women are joint together with on the platform of information and communication technology with an agenda to be informed,educated, network and socialise. That is the excitement of web 2.0. The power to pull together people from different walks of life but with a common goal.

At the second thought of it, Web 2.0 offers the transfer of information that is breaking barriers of differences in culture, race, religion, space and time. Information is Power and communication is a liberty to which many women gathering under the umbrella of web 2.0 tool like worldpulse wire find identity and space that defines why being a woman is special. This can be seen from the freedom to choose with who and where to connect and even the the freedom to speak also make decisions and take control.

As a social entreprenuer and community organizer, I am empowered by the information that I receive from other women who share in the vision and mission similar to mine. I believe that "Iron sharpens iron" and new media tools like web 2 .0 makes it easier for me to network with those with similar interests.

In addition, the fact that we can maintain communication with women in remote villages of Africa and share experiences with them through means that bridges are being built to those areas that have been far reaching. Communication is now participatory involving even the least at the grassroots. That is empowerment and women should share in the stake. Thanks to web 2.0 for creating a plaform for women to share voices of reason.

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TUMAINI's picture

I celebrate with you MAMA AFRICA

First off, i just want to let you know, you ciose such a wonderful name, it truly captures the work that yoor doing for the women in Africa.

I just wanted to let you know that i included you in my jourmal, as one of the prome examples of the far reaching impact of web 2.0. and your picture in the corner depicts it all. Web 2.0 brining the world closer together than ever before.

I applaud you and wish you all the best in this journey.

Kindest regards
TUMAINI

mamaAfrica's picture

There Is Hope

Dearest Tumaini

Thank you my dear for your kind words, You too are woman of great skill and talent above all great hope. There is nothing that pushes me to work harder for the women and children of Africa except the fact that I know there is hope and bright future ahead. We must not give up nor faint. We had rather make one step a day than no step at all and with time we shal cover the journey. I will be in Uganda sometime to launch Project Africa there

i hope we can keep in touch. I love you, Keep the fire of hope burning

mamaAfrica's picture

There Is Hope

Dearest Tumaini

Thank you my dear for your kind words, You too are woman of great skill and talent above all great hope. There is nothing that pushes me to work harder for the women and children of Africa except the fact that I know there is hope and bright future ahead. We must not give up nor faint. We had rather make one step a day than no step at all and with time we shal cover the journey. I will be in Uganda sometime to launch Project Africa there

i hope we can keep in touch. I love you, Keep the fire of hope burning

Rose Of Sharon's picture

You are an Inspiration

Dearest mamaAfrica,

I can't say how much I enjoyed reading your journal entry for week one. You said it all, just as it is. What you say and do gives us all hope, faith, and promise in Web 2.0 and you serve graciously as a role model for us all.

As your friend, I want to say I admire you and value your friendship. Please keep us informed on the launch of Project Africa in Uganda. Uganda holds a special place in my heart, because I sponsored a 10 year old girl living in Uganda for several years, her name is Taaka Alice Mary. A day doesn't go by when I don't think about her and wonder how things have gone for her and her family. I pray for her daily.

Bless you for the work you are doing.

Love,
Rose Of Sharon

mamaAfrica's picture

We must arise and shine

Thank Rose of Sharon

Thank you so much. I am humbled when I receive notes like yours. It is all be cause I know that by myself I cannot make it except by divine guidance, love and support from women of substance like you and the rest who are connected through this medium. My calling is to reach women all across Sub- saharan Africa and to build networks with women all over the world. From Nairobi to New York to ends of the world. I know That it is not easy but you know what I rest my faith in the One who can all things. We are growing in Kenya and we are coming to Uganda before we know it we will reach women all over.

Thank you for joining this move that will give an inheritance to generations to come. When you educate a woman you educate a society. I think you found a rafiki checkk out the latest list on The Rafiki Club

freesuukyi's picture

Inspirational

I couldn't agree with you more. It is amazing getting to communicate with women from all over the world who share the same vision and mission.

I am looking forward to reading future journal entries!

mamaAfrica's picture

My Pleasure

It is always my greatest pleasure to represent the voices of the women and girls in rural Africa and I think this platform has made it very possible for me nad for the rest of us. Thank you for your kind comment.

mrbeckbeck's picture

Onward!

mamaAfrica,

Thank you for sharing your vision of how Web 2.0 can make a difference! I too am interested in building bridges through the web, because I feel that we need connection to understand each other, work together, and bring a peaceful world into being. As you say, under the umbrella of PulseWire, we can all connect and learn and grow together. I am happy to be here with you.

I am excited about the work you're doing, and look forward to hearing more from you! Keep up the great work!

Blessings,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

mamaAfrica's picture

Unity is Strength

Dear Scott.

You are a big blessing to stand out and speak for the rights of women. When I first connect with you, I remembered the challenges of working with women in a patriachal community in lungalunga, Kenya and other villages as well. I thought just how much of a blessing it will be to have men educated about women issues. And I think someday I will invite you to a trip to Kenya to challenge the men who think and say women and girls are there to be seen and not be heard. we are empowering women and girls and i guest the other side of the coin is empowering men to empower women and girls. i am attaching hereby a link to some of my photos when i am talking to men in lungalunga about the need to educate the girl child.
http://safaritalk.net/index.php?autocom=gallery&req=user&user=5766&op=vi...

please note in the photo am in red pants, Now, some villages in Africa, men only listen when a woman looks tough and ready to counter their norm. Though It was unintended, I believed it served a big purpose to seem to be like one of them. On This day I was a wo(man) advising men and making decision on behalf of the women subdued by the culture. Thank God, To day Lungalunga is embracing change and men who never allowed their wives out of the homestead are allowing them to attend our rafiki program.

Yes, there are a few of us men on PulseWire, connecting for support as men working for women's empowerment. And actually, I think we should say, to improve the lives of everyone! When women are doing well in a community, everyone does better!

The photo that you linked to did not come up! I understand what you say about needing to be "taken seriously" and having to change your clothing or appearance for men. That's an interesting point actually, how women have to be "manly" to be successful. If we all just close our eyes and listen to people, we might think differently about them....not knowing how they look, or what their religion is we might be more friendly!

Working with men is something I am interested in, but have never done. I would be interested to learn more and get involved either in the US or elsewhere, so thank you for your invitation! I could learn a lot from you, I know.

Thanks for all of your work with VOF and with the Project Africa. It's very powerful work you're doing! Keep it up!

Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

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