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VOF Week 1: (The Whole World is Now Accessible)

Web 2.0 has opened doors that many of us never knew existed, and ushered in a light that has given hope to many. Ideas have been shared, friendships have been erected, people have been connected, and problems have been solved.

When I signed into world pulse, the response was overwhelming, and the enthusiasm was contagious, I wanted to write, write, and read. I enjoyed writing of my experiences, as much as I enjoyed reading of those of others. I was challenged, and motivated by the writings and the ideas. In less than a month I had a glimpse of life beyond that which I was familiar with.

Web 2.0 has reduced the size of the world and made it accessible on the palm of the hand, how exciting, I can travel to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world and meet people, feel their experiences, and share their tears and laughter.

We live in an era which is information driven, and web2.0 has made access to information easily available. Globalisation has erased geographical and physical boundaries and Web 2.0 is one of the tools of globalisation. As women, by exploiting this technology, the global women empowerment movement will be a force that will rock the world to its core, and achieve remarkable results.

One of the major problems faced by the women empowerment movement especially for those in developing countries is the lack of resources: resources in terms of financial and information. Though access to Web 2.0 has not been in a grand scale yet, especially for the women, there has been effort and progress has been made.

Web 2.0 connects women cross borders who share similar challenges, and through it they can motivate each other and brainstorm on innovative sustainable ideas. Resources can be sought and found. It provides a platform where different communities can meet. Women can celebrate and struggle together despite race and ethnicity, age and geographical location.

Time is a scarce resource and the needs and wants of mankind have become many, women spend more and more time trying to survive in a patriarchal society. Many women have achieved a lot, but their stories have not been told, web 2.0 makes this possible. I am a strong believer of the need for mentorship. I know in my country there is an urgent need for mentors, and I also do appreciate the fact that successful women can be very busy, but mentorship can be done through Web 2.0. Let young girls and young women meet and talk with already successful women, online, why not?

With this technology, there should be no looking back for the women movement, yes access to it may be a challenge but no stable empire can be build in one day. Let the women global empowerment movement, move with what it has in the moment, and through it achievements, grow,grow and grow.


misscarly's picture

VOF Week 1 Assignment


I had the opportunity to review your first assignment for Voices of the Future. Your essay was a pleasure to read! Your writing has a beautiful strength to it and through it you are able to deliver a compelling message. I loved reading your description of how you felt when you joined World Pulse and began connecting with other women around the world. You see such great promise in what Web 2.0 can offer to women. While reading your essay, I was reminded of some of the new challenges that we face with this technological tool. How can we still communicate as women (emotional, humansing, sensitive, physical) through social media? Your essay prompted me to think further about this issue!

I found the paragraph 'Time is a scarce resource...' slightly less organised than your previous paragraphs. I couldn't quite follow the line of thinking. Does Web 2.0 help women with less time? Should that replace face-to-face mentorship? I had some further questions after reading this.

Good luck as you continue writing!

with kindness,
carly diaz

The Afrika way's picture


Hi Carly,

Thanks for the comments, and your enthusiasm. It is encouraging.

My line of thought with regards to time being a scarce resource, is that we now have a generation of working class women and mothers. This means women spend more time in their offices, running businesses trying to achieve dreams and goals. They may feel that there do not have time to meet young girls to motivate or guide. Good mentoring requires consistency, these women have achieved a lot, and they can be great mentors to young girls, and young women, the problem is that they may not have as much time as required. Worse they may not be physically available when needed.

Web 2.0 can be a platform where mentors can mentor. In their offices, while running their business, while traveling, wherever they are, whatever the time, women who are mentors can sign in the website and have talks with young girls and women. They may not have the time to meet, probably because of a tight schedule or even because of distance, but online they can meet and talk. I do agree that it is not as good as face to face mentoring, but I do know that words also carry lots of emotions, and meaning.

I hope this makes the point more clear in that paragraph.

Warm Regards,

Genice Jacobs's picture

VOF Week 1 assignment


I am Genice Jacobs from Oakland, California, USA. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing your week 1 VOF assignment. Just wanted to say, "great job". You published an excellent and thoughtfully constructed essay. You have an energized and upbeat style, which I found easy to read. I appreciate that you didn't try to fit too many ideas into each paragraph. You so eloquently bought up many good points. I hadn't previously heard anyone refer to web 2.0 as a tool of globalization, but of course it is.

The only thing that i would suggest is that a bit more of your personal insights from your culture and life would have made the essay even more interesting.

I look forward to reading your future posts.


Genice Jacobs

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