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VOF Week 1:Opportunity packaged in a privileged medium.

The world has shrunk greatly, physical distances becoming obsolete and possibilities for interconnectivity limitless.The immense potential of the Internet is yet to be fully uncovered. Web 2.0 is yet another platform that this medium has to offer.

As a modern tool for self-expression the technology, Web 2.0 has demystified the entire aspect of writing on web. It has created an opportunity to share, discuss, debate and campaign for a cause.
I find the use of this technology immensely useful. I am able to bring to light the stories, the state of affairs of many injustice I see prevailing in the society that I live in. I feel excited to share, comment , help and connect with a huge groups of women. The very fact that a wide network is operative, creates a positive affirmation towards the cause of women's empowerment.

I feel that this technology is yet to be fully explored and uncovered by the masses of women from the disadvantaged sections of the society. The stark disparities keep them from accessing this technology. When the basic necessities like food, shelter, water and health care remain questionable , women do not have the luxury to share,debate and discuss solutions with millions of women on the web. The opportunity is blinded for them and erased by patriarchal values through religion, caste, class and so on.
However, I feel the WEB 2.0 can be the place for women's empowerment.It can create more opportunities for information sharing. The portal can be a tool to come up with ways to enlighten gender issues. It can be the platform to showcase the work of the women as well the work done by women. It can help create awareness about the existing social evils and practices and ways to curb them. It can be a collective medium with a single minded goal- Women's Empowerment.

Stories can create space for dialogue, dialogue could lead to answers............

Comments

mrbeckbeck's picture

YES!

Hi Ambica,

My name is Scott and I was one of your readers for Week 1. I know that I am a little late to reply to you, and for that I am sorry. You have wonderful things to say, I wish I read it sooner!

I think your writing tone and style are great. I would love to read more from you. When you express the two-sides of Web 2.0 and internet technology (the great potential, the challenges of access), I can sense your excitement and frustration. I agree that the web creates opportunities for amazing collective work! The challenge of doing that work is something we all have to face...myself included.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen in this assignment is MORE! I like your cliff-hanger ending though...it is pretty exciting, because dialogue could lead to answers, and answers could lead to ________________. You let your reader fill in the blank, and reach out for a connection. Perhaps we need more of that "blank" in our discussions, our policy-making, our work lives. As we exchange ideas and actions, we are all learning to work and live together.

Glad you're here. I look forward to reading more from you!
Kind regards,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

molliv's picture

the voices that still go unheard

ambica:

i LOVE this entry so much, and i am SO glad it was assigned to me. you left me wanting more, but not because your entry was incomplete, but because you have inspired me greatly. you raise some interesting questions for the challenges faced by those with less access. it is precisely BECAUSE "Web 2.0 has demystified the entire aspect of writing on web" that this is the PERFECT means to hear from women in disadvantaged areas, but how do we spread the accessibility and knowledge to them? now that we have uncovered the potential, it is time to work on answers. i am excited to hear more about your ideas in the coming weeks!

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