VOF Week 1: Dealing with Web 2.0
To sit down in front of a computer is something really important for me. I know that lots of women can´t not do this, neither in my country nor in other countries. In general, although women are half of the world or more, access to to mass media is limited, sometimes nearly imposible, so to have the possibility to use tools involved in Web 2.0, I think is a challenge, an opportunity to communicate what we have to say. In my case, I am eager to know stories of women of other countries. Probably, I will never know them personally but I can learn about their own life experiences and I can share with them women situation too.
I consider that network is an important help. It helps to link women from different cultures and languages. Women organizations used to place information about different types of campaings, a lot of information that is useful for other women in other part of the world. There are some common problems that women face. Sometimes, one can feel that one is alone, but when one know that there are groups of women working to help others, it gives a feeling to be part of a community. As solutions, I could say that network, sense of community, sense of security in the use of new technologies, erase borders, possibilities to listen and to be listened are something that helps to empower women.
If the voices of women with a good economical situation or status are not taken into account, many times it is worse for the ones that live in underdeveloped countries and from indigenous origen. Mass media sometimes covers only what men have to say. To navigate in the internet and to use these tools gives me a feeling of strenght and motivation. I am in process of learning. When I opened a gmail account I was surprised and when I wrote my first posts I was also surprised. Insecure at first, but step to step I am gaining confidence and this has a positive meaning for me.