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VOF Week 1: (Weaving the Thread called Women's Lives)

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In every corner of the world there is a woman weaving: a story, a dream, a life. She is not alone. When she cries, someone cries with her. When she laughs, someone laughs with her. When she talks, someone listens. When she listens, someone is ready to talk. In every corner of the world she finds an ally, a sister, a friend, a mother, a daughter, and together they celebrate what it is to be a woman. They find their similarities which bind them close. They find their differences still connected. Women, naturally, love to talk and what better way to share stories with a larger group than web 2.0? We bring issues at home, in the church, in the society to the web because we find solution in talking about the problems. We create, impart, absorb wisdom from women we hardly know but we get to trust because the way they talk or write their journals is enough to make them lovable and understandable. It really does not matter where you come from because all of us share an equal space on the web. Web 2.0 therefore creates a platform for women to act, react and inter-act with each other. We share opportunities. We help bridge gaps made by illiteracy and misinformation. We lower the volume of the dominant and oppressive voice by amplifying the voice that has long been silenced.

What I like about this web 2.0 and especially on PulseWire is that I know that what I read is no nonsense, and what I should write about is not just a clamor for glamor or popularity. I read and write important issues that are personal and social, political and spiritual. I read and write responsibly, critically, wisely and emotionally. But I don’t have to be a professional writer. I don’t have to be a specialist or a scholar to write something that matters. I just need to have an open heart and an open mind. I enjoy reading inspirational stories from women across the globe. I enjoy traveling with them even vicariously. I would like to see different points of view, to hear distinct voices, to feel the complexities of a woman’s feelings, to think uniquely or similarly as other women. Just to be me. Just to be a woman. Just to be with women, this time, this space. I am just one of the many. I am one with the many.

By weaving my own stories, my own dreams, my own life and impart them with women who care, who think, who love, I feel in every fiber of my being that I am guided in my journey to all aspects of a woman—spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, psychological and so on. I will surely find women who are willing to transmit their creative intelligence to me, so that I, too, will be better and more confident in writing, in speaking and in living as a woman.

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nwan's picture

Wow! I loved reading your post!

Not only does your message deeply resonate with me but your narrative prose is beautifully lyrical. I'm definitely a fan! :D

katea's picture

On writing

I've always wanted to be a writer but I don't seem to find my own space (even confidence in doing so) but I guess, WorldPulse has opened a possibility for me. :)

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Katea, your writing is like poetry with a deep spiritual element, that speaks from your heart. I know that many members will connect with you through your eloquent, insightful and profound message. I love the notion of women around the world weaving: weaving stories, dreams, etc.. In her profile, Nwan (above) had also mentioned the idea of a thread joining her experiences together. There is a chinese legend that says "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break."

I envision each member of PulseWire as being connected by these invisible threads, that together weave this beautiful quilt of stories, dreams, hope and love. All the best with Voices of Our Future and I am so happy that you are a part of our online community.

Tina's picture

Hello

Hello Katea,
I love this post. It's honest, open and reads well. Your penmanship is fluid and I really like that about your writing style.

All the best with your application
Tina

Anette Leslie's picture

cheers

Your writing is very deep and passionate, moving I might add. All the best!

Anette

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there Katea! I enjoyed

Hey there Katea!

I enjoyed reading your story. Describing how women have found a way to connect with each other is amazing. Indeed, web 2.0 has made the world a global village. However, i would have loved to see more of what solutions you think Web 2.0 brings to women globally and ways it has empowered you personally.

Good job!

Peace!
Fatima

katea's picture

Appreciating Creative Criticisms

I cannot thank all of you enough for reading my post and for commenting on it, from Nwan to Janice to Tina to Anette to Fatima! I am actually on the verge of finding out what else web 2.0 can offer to women globally aside from sharing stories and opportunities, and listening to one another as we break the silence. And it is the same for me. I write blogs once and awhile not even knowing if there is really an audience who would want to listen to what I say. But here, I feel I'm gaining more confidence in writing what's on my mind because I have like-minded readers. I feel that I am already connecting to wise women who are willing to teach me, and that alone has made me feel empowered one way or the other. I am so sure, web 2.0 has something more to offer to me and the women in all parts of the world, and I am waiting for that gift to come to me like a surprise package at my door. When that time comes, I will have to write it down and post it here once again.

in gratitude and humility,
Katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

amelia's picture

Beautifully Woven...

Katea,

It was such an inspiration to read your post. I love the "equal space" you describe as offered my Web 2.0; indeed the value of such a space, where women can share with each other and in turn contribute to their own empowerment cannot be underestimated. I wonder how specifically you have felt the energy of Web 2.0, and all it has to offer, in action in your own life and in the lives of other Philipino women in your community?

Again, a beautifully woven post. I look forward to reading more!

Amelia

katea's picture

thank you

Dear Amelia,
Thank you for the comments. I would love to say more on this assignment but 500 words seem not enough to say everything. And in response to your suggestion, I posted one example, out of so many, on how the web can change people's lives, specifically my fellow Filipinos in another essay: The Web, the Filipinos and, Mr. Chip Tsao. :)

in gratitude,
katea

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