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VOF Week 1: (Women Empowered By 2.0)

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Women Empowered By 2.0

In my mind, Web 2.0 represents empowerment of women through 2.0 means—individual expression and collective space. As women interface with Web 2.0 through World Pulse or other online portals, they are called upon to search deep within themselves to find a voice, determine their purpose, and take a chance by expressing those intimate realities to the world. Upon taking that leap and exposing themselves to a virtual community, women find a collective space—a space for collaboration, support, contradiction, challenge, navigation and a sense of home.

What excites me about Web 2.0 is the possibility that women from all walks of life can have a voice. This is immensely important in a world where women are too often denied education and independence, and physically and mentally silenced—a proverbial gagging of one half of the world’s human population. This is a tragedy. While Web 2.0 cannot immediately alter women’s realities, specifically the structural forces that oppress them, simply having a voice can be life changing and the first step towards interpersonal development. The value of this cannot be underestimated.

Once we provide women the opportunity to speak their mind in a safe space, we have broadened the base and tapped into an additional source of soldiers/fighters/ground-breakers for the global movement for women’s empowerment. We have also broadened the depth of the movement by diversifying the perspectives and experiences to be embraced within the movement. Through providing a medium for women to connect, they can reach out and rely on each other to sharpen their ideas and to build comprehensive strategies for change.

On a personal note, Web 2.0 empowers me to step out of my daily routine and think beyond my privileged existence. As a White educated woman from the United States of America, who was raised by a loving family in a secure home, I have been able thrive and live independently. One of my life’s missions is to both unpack this privilege through internal exploration and utilize it to enable other women to empower themselves. While I am currently working toward this goal through human rights work, Web 2.0 provides a more direct forum to reach out and collaborate with others.

Thank you World Pulse.

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misscarly's picture

VOF Week 1 Assignment

Dear Jaygher,

I had the privilege of reading your first essay for VOF. I loved that you had a very realistic perspective of what 2.0 can offer. That, while it can't change their reality immediately, it brings them a step further. Your writing is very clear and direct, which gives it great power!

In the third paragraph, you discuss that speaking allows women to join the movement of women's empowerment. This seemed a bit abstract, and I would have liked to see you tie this back into how it can change their reality, which was so powerful in the previous paragraph. Connecting with other women who can listen and give them advice or information on practical matters, for instance.

You ended very strong. I appreciated your honesty about your privileged background and how you are challenged to utilise it for good. Best of luck with the next essays!

with kindness,
carly diaz

jaygher's picture

Thanks!

Hi Carly,

Thanks for your insightful commentary. I truly appreciate it. Its always great to have another set of eyes on your work. I will edit the posting based on your helpful suggestions.

In Solidarity,
Jaime

Jay4Rights

laura's picture

tapping into our voices

I enjoyed reading your post. As you mentioned, finding one's voice can be monumental and a first step toward newfound interpersonal development. The voices on PulseWire have certainly blossomed. It will be interesting to see how Web 2.0 evolves, as a technology and in our lives. Good luck with your own inward search and human rights work!

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