"VOF Week 1: Web to-Women
It is such a wonderful experience to be able to connect with other successful, professional and warmhearted women from all walks of life, who are working hard in various fields toward their own upliftment, and that of our sisters. It is energizing to hear about the work that they are doing and the benefits that they are reaping.
Web 2 and the World Pulse site are making a valid contribution to the global women’s empowerment movement in many ways. Firstly, it enables us to pool resources to make a strong alliance for the benefit of all. We have created a skills bank by gathering each members' area of expertise and then forming partnerships for development. Director Lin Wafula is already doing that with the Rafiki Club to improve the literacy level of women in Kenya.
Secondly, through innovation and competitions, women can improve their skills through this medium. For example, many of us are honing our writing skills by participating in this project. Over time we will have more confidence in expressing ourselves and the standard of female journalism around the world will be raised. We can also volunteer to take on leadership roles in several organizations and gain experience in various fields. This will allow us to advance our careers.
Thirdly, we are providing mentorship. By seeing role models in action, women who have wanted to do similar things but were afraid, shy or feel limited, will now unleash their talents by taking action. Thus, they will tap into their creative potential, achieve their goals, feel more satisfied and live more meaningful lives. For example, I love to read poetry but I haven’t done so in a while. However, recently I have read poems written by ENIE EDOH CECILE and Cultural Correspondent and this has inspired me to write my own.
Fourthly, this site is a resource. When we share information, we will realize that we face similar challenges even though we are far apart. We are able to find or offer solutions to problems. My knowledge of world affairs, level of education and awareness has increased drastically since I joined this team.
Lastly, it provides a source of healing. When we read about the atrocities that some women are facing elsewhere in the world; breast ironing, genital mutilation, war, hunger, pain and suffering, we will be grateful that we are not facing such situations. Then we will not take our situations for granted and we will become more chivalrous. With an outlook of gratitude there’ll be more positive, healthier and happier women across the world. Connecting with other women on Web 2 can also alleviate feelings of loneliness, especially for women working or studying abroad. Since I joined the World Pulse Team I’ve made many friends. Also, by commenting on other members' submissions, we can support each other and make each other feel important.