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“VOF Week 1: ( A WAY TO FUTURE )”


While I was pursuing my Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism one point was repeatedly hammered again and again in our classroom- the importance of Feedback. As I began writing in local newspapers I didn’t see much of a feedback except from friends and people who knew me or were in the same profession; very few from strangers. I attributed it to the limited reach of the medium as well as indifference of people.

In a stark contrast to that my first post on Pulsewire (an excellent example of what Web 2.0 can do) generated a touching response. Together with other comments on my other posts it made me realize how people from different countries with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and temperaments can bond and relate to each other. I felt really happy for writing my posts and felt a fresh drive to do more.

The thing that excites me most about Web 2.0 is the interaction that is possible between people which can lead to sharing of ideas, problems, knowledge, solutions and much more.

Web 2.0 can be used to give a platform to women from all over the world to voice their ideas, opinions, problems, fears, issues, strengths, and weaknesses. . They can talk about themselves as individuals as well as their communities. As is common in most societies women are less heard and are rarely given an opportunity to speak or opine in matters of importance. In rural and underprivileged areas particularly in developing countries the problem is much pronounced. The bias is there even in urban folks.

This space created by women for themselves can lead to their betterment and can show them a way of future. A way that can result in solutions of their problems. A way that can lead women to have faith in themselves, can make them believe that they can make a difference. And this will definitely make them empowered to shape their lives and those of around them, empowered to take their own decisions.

“Thank you so much for writing that story about Rubeena. It was truly inspiring to read. I have a dear friend living in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. She makes beautiful purses and jewelry. She has lived in a very oppressed system her entire life and has raised a family by herself under difficult circumstances. It is her dream to do exactly what Rubeena did - to create her own business out of her passion and that someday that business could also provide opportunities for others. I can't wait to tell her the story of Rubeena, to remind her that these dreams come true.”

After reading this response to my post about a story of a woman, who has set up a floriculture business I really felt empowered. If I can reinforce someone’s belief in her dream I really feel powerful.


Tanya's picture

Dear Nusrat,First off -

Dear Nusrat,

First off - great post! Your writing is personal and enriching and like someone mentioned in one of the previous posts, it is heartening to witness Kashmiri women write their own narratives. For some reason (and this is not a political statement by any means), I have always had a special place for the Kashmiri people within my heart and felt connected with them, even though I have never been to the valley. I did have a chance to intern with an organization called Kashmir Corps in 2006 but unfortunately, my parents concern with regards to the security situation did not allow me to make it.

InshaAllah, I will in the near future and hopefully work as well for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I am keenly interested in learning about how life is for the people there; what is their take on the current political scenario (for e.g, Omer Abdullah as Chief Minister or the current situation which has left 24 Kashmiris and if I'm not mistaken 12 Indian soldiers dead?). Please keep writing. It is important to hear the voice of Jammu-ites and Kashmiris in order for people to take notice and act.



Nusrat Ara's picture


Dear Tanya,

Until and unless the Kashmir problem is really solved we won't be having any peace. Omer Abdullah or anyone else won't make much difference till then . Being young doesn't give him any advantage in politics. But then everyone is hoping for a fresh perspective from him but he is in the tangles of dirty politics as well. It is not so easy but we are keeping the faith. A faith in God and ourselves as well.



Katie McDonald's picture

The Future

Hello Nusrat,

I also really enjoyed reading your post.

You articulated really well what excites you about Web 2.0, and the kind of opportunities it offers for women's empowerment. The example that you gave demonstrated how sharing our stories can forge real connections and have incredible impacts for other women.

I found your entry to be both personal and reflexive. I agree that getting feedback from others is an importnat element of reflecting on and refining our own ideas and perspectives.

I look forward to reading more from you as this journey continues.



mrudberg99's picture

Feedback - the key to success!

Michael Gelb said, "Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it."

Nusrat, you had me from the beginning! I, too, have a graduate degree in Communication and teach leadership to many individuals and groups. I have found 'feedback' to be one of the most important elements of communication time and time again - if only others would see the value in this fairly simple word. Congrats on learning this early on in your life and seeing the value it can bring to something like Pulsewire and this experience.

I look forward to providing feedback to as many of the amazing women we have online - but mostly listening and learning of your personal stories.

Thank you!

Molly Rudberg-Leshnock
Curator of Leadership
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