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VOF Week 1: ( PulseWire- My Mentor )

Given an opportunity to speak, speak out. To have a voice is something I am not used to. Women in my community are socialized to speak when they are spoken to. So opinions do unexpressed or suppressed to the point where, you don’t have opinions of yourself anymore. Our husbands, chiefs, church elders, teachers and politicians think and speak for us.

I am at times afraid to speak. I have been afraid all my life. Web 2.0 gives me an opportunity to freely speak my mind without fear of victimization, fear of rebuke, fear of a beating or fear of being called an outcast because the purpose of this online community is to speak and be heard.

I have a voice on pulsewire. I matter. It builds my confidence to know that people care to know about my opinions on any postings I create or the journals that I write.

I speak for me.

It heightens my consciousness. I am, more often than not, keen in looking out for issues that need to be spoken about. My level of consciousness about the on-goings in my community has increased tenfold. I have become the ambassador of women without a voice in my community.

I speak for them.

I speak for the victims of domestic violence, the victims of rape, forced abortions, female genital mutilation, poverty, unemployment, gender discrimination, racism, and segregation ... generally, those who are afraid to speak out. I am the voice of my people.

Web 2.0, more specifically, pulsewire, acts as my support system. Negative phenomena are taking place in my community (Nairobi, Kenya) on a daily basis. 1st World, 2nd or 3rd world country, poor or rich, black or white, we as the human race are facing similar issues in varying degrees and they affect all of us in similar ways.

Sharing of solutions is the essence of my participation in Pulsewire. Where else to find determined women, motivated women, strong women, experienced women, survivor women? Where else to find me? I do not have to re-invent the wheel in my community, i just have to apply the advice of women who have paved a way for us,the future.

Mwana Wa Mke


alikatz's picture

Assignment 1 has been READ!

Congratulations on finishing your first assignment.
I have read and evaluated it, and it was very well written. i loved how you brought your personal experience to the assignment.
I would have loved to have seen or read about more ways you think web 2.0 could bring solutions to the global women's empowerment.
Overall a great job. Keep up the great work you do!!!

pearld's picture


It seems you have two evaluators for this assignment #1 ;-)

Your words are beautiful, poetic and very, very well written. Your voice will be strong when used in this capacity, it opens up an entire new realm of being heard in a peaceful yet strong way. I personally am a huge fan of Maya Angelo, the American poet, and my mother often sends her words of encouragement to me as a reminder that we too can have a voice, gentle and beautiful yet so full of strength. This journal entry immediately reminded me of her powerful words and work.

I do agree with your other evaluator in the sense that I would like to hear how web 2.0 has directly influenced you in an example of an direct experience and in what ways further as a voice will it take us.

Keep doing the work that you are doing in your community, it is very powerful and important for the women there. You obviously have found your voice to lead. I can only imagine that it too must be frightening at times to share that voice. "Courage" is what they use to say to me when I lived in Belgium, going through a pretty difficult adventure of my own.

Great luck with assignment #2.

Kind regards,

Jensine's picture

Mwana, thank you

Your words bring me tears of joy. You are such a powerful writer and leader. I only wish I could hear your voice speaking out loud as well, for I know that would be strong enough to raise the sun.
In sisterhood,

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

MWANA WA MKE's picture

Thank you

Thank you for listening to us speak.

In solidarity,

And still needing courage,
Mwana wa mke.

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