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VOF WEEK 1 (HOW DID WE EVER MANAGE LIFE WITHOUT THE INTERNET?)

There is a popular African saying that when you educate a woman, you educate a whole village. Women the world over are social creatures; we congregate in church, at the work place, at the market, at weddings, at funerals, during births, form women groups, so as to have people we can share with our thoughts, ideas, trials and triumphs.
Web 2.0 has truly made the world a global village. From the comfort of my office, home, vehicle, park bench, I can interact with people all over the world. I can catch up with friends and make new ones, learn new things everyday or simply express myself to the world at large.
Knowledge is power. Women empowerment has come a long way, but still, more needs to be done. Empowerment is aimed at creating both equality and equity between men and women within social groups and between men and women of different social groups.
The challenges faced in empowering women are many. Web 2.0 enables women to overcome some of them by first; providing an easy access to information. Secondly, it provides women with a forum where they can raise and discuss issues, sensitive issues, albeit anonymously, without any fear of retribution. Thirdly, it makes available an avenue for women to share their experiences and how they have overcome difficulties and in the process give hope to those in similar situations. Most importantly, web 2.0 gives women a voice, a chance and opportunity to be heard.
Being a woman and a social creature myself, I tend to miss out on interacting with my friends and colleagues due to my busy schedule. Web 2.0 has enabled me to communicate with fiends, colleague and even family, without the hustle and bustle of travelling. This has freed up my finances, as I can now use the would have been transport money in other ventures. I also now have access to information at the touch of a button, which, when compared to leafing through tonnes of research material, is a Miracle!

Comments

Katie McDonald's picture

The Power of the Internet

Hello Caroline,

Thanks for your entry this week, I have enjoyed reading it. I too cannot imagine life without the internet anymore adn probably spend more hours than I should online.

I think you have provided a really good overview of the uses and benefits of Web 2.0, not only for women's empowerment, but also in our personal lives, through connecting with family and friends. It is easy for us to get caught up in our work and visions for the future, when it means so much to us, but balance is really important too. Afterall, our own wellbeing is an important part of women's empowerment.

In particular, I really liked the way you started your entry, especially your opening sentance. I helps to set the context and I'm sure there is a lot of truth to that saying.

I look forward to reading more about your personal experiences and reflections in upcoming assignments and encourage you to comment on others' entries.

Best of luck

Katie

Caroline Ateya's picture

Appreciate

Hi Katie

Thanks. Will do my very best to keep you and others updated.

Caroline

jade's picture

Women as Conduits

I love your vision of information and education as empowerment tools. I would love to hear more about how women are conduits of education and culture in your village. On the global village scale, do you think we act in a similar way? Good luck with all of your endeavors! I look forward to reading your other posts!

Caroline Ateya's picture

Thanks. The first thing you

Thanks.

The first thing you notice when you get to the market place in my village is the number of women sitting around in groups. But this would mostly be in the afternoons as in the mornings, most women are either in the farm or taking care of household chores. Nevertheless, the time of day does not matter, you will have information moving from one homestead to another by word of mouth.

The gatherings at the market place in the afternoon would be to confirm whatever one heard and to impart new information. it might all be just gossip, but once in a while some useful information is passed on. Since this is part of the daily routine, none of the women has ever thought about the significance of these meetings.

I think that it is the same on the global village scale. What might be routine information to one person, might be life changing news to another. It does not matter how simple your story, information, idea is. It just might be the word that I have been waiting to hear. My eureka! moment.

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