VOF Week 1: (Hand in Hand Overcoming Barriers)
Four years ago I watched a TV program about the situation of women in Ethiopia. Teenager girls are forced to get married, to be someone’s second, third, forth wife, to have babies and to deliver them without enough facility. They need three or more days to do it and surely the baby born is dead already. Their bladder is malfunctioned on the process, their husbands left them and return them back to their family where they are not welcomed anymore. They live in isolation and darkness. What I saw really shocked me, made me feel blessed with all I have, and made me wondering what I could do for others. I also realized other thing, the power of media, which enable me to see other part of the world, thousands miles away, with my body going nowhere.
Many people of my country still amazed by the fact that Obama was elected for US President, especially those who understand the world of minority. He changed history. He is, as well, the prove of the “miracle” of the internet. By using interactive Web 2.0 tools, Mr. Obama’s campaign changed the way politicians organize supporters, advertise to voters, defend against attacks and communicate with constituents. “Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president or have been the nominee,” said Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post.
Finding my self in web 2.0 is really exites me because I can see the awesome opportunity proposed to me, to overcome “the imposibility”. I can see my self at last overcome geographical, social, and economic boundaries to empower my self, to contribute and join with women across the world. It is beyond my imagination, my life changed by a simple click.
This media in my hand, the web 2.0, will be a strong platform to communicate one another, to share ideas and informations, to solve problems, to learn from other’s experience, to build friendship and networking, to exchange across many sites. With this media, I do not have to have particular degree diploma nor reference letters to speak for my self in global forum about women and women’s world. My perspective as individu is respected even if I am not an expert nor professor. I just have to be my self.