VOF Week 1: (Web 2.0: New step of Women empowerment journey)
If I alone dream for a positive world, will it work? The answer is, “No.” Even if I know all the ways for a positive change, will it work? The answer would still be “No.” The key point is positive change requires collective action.
I have to share my dream and knowledge with others so that we can fight together against all the injustices. It’s true that we have various means to share our ideas with others. We have newspaper, books, television, radio and many more things to change our views. But those are not always interactive. Also all these are not for general people. You have to be writers, journalists, artists, producers, or an expert in a relevant career track. But Web 2.0 is unique, where ordinary (non-specialist) people and their voices can be heard too. That’s the most exciting thing about Web 2.0.
It’s difficult to define the solution in a word for women empowerment. Also it’s not easy to have a solution. Women empowerment is a journey where we all are the travelers. It’s really difficult to tell the ending or solution of a journey at the beginning. Still it can be said that the Web 2.0 can bring solutions at least for those women who want to speak for themselves, who want to share their experiences, sufferings with others. In a sense, Web 2.0 is a solution for them because they can do it through Web 2.0. It’s also part of women empowerment.
I am writing, thinking for Bangladeshi women through Bangladeshi media. Through Web 2.0 I will share my views with others women from different parts of the world. This interactive international communication process would make me more confident and active about women’s issues. I strongly believe it will be part of a long term process to effect women empowerment in Bangladesh.