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"VOF Week One: (Women's Social Mobility & Change)"

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We believe we have come a long way in women’s empowerment & liberation, which is no exaggeration. However, it is of the utmost importance to keep in the forefront of our minds that we hear, read, see & so know what we retrieve in large part from the mass media. The situation of women in the Developing countries is still nowhere near ideal, let alone the more evolved, but still not ideal situations that woman in highly “modernized” societies in “First World” nations too struggle with.

If a woman is not “allowed” to leave her house as is the case in many rural parts of for e.g Pakistan it does not necessarily follow that the families in question are completely “backwards” in every way. As I have seen myself, where satellite dishes started popping up on the roofs on the unlikeliest shacks in villages, computers have now started also making appearances. Like television it is a portal into other worlds & lives, unlike television it is interactive. The woman, who must for whatever reason stay at home, even if it is a housewife in a suburb of Connecticut, can use this computer, as a tool for emancipation. She can be exposed to new ideas beyond her four walls, she can start thinking about her world view differently, perhaps even develop a real voice. This is what Web 2.0 means.

Mexico’s Zapatista movement was one of the first to use the internet to propel a local struggle onto an international stage. It originated a new kind of social movement, one that pushes beyond group identities around which social movements have traditionally organized and into the realm of network identity

In the Web 2.0 World, women gain mobility be it geographical, political, social, or economic to become more active in the world & be heard & represented. They can create platforms from which to organize the mechanics of change for issues that require the woman they affect to speak out in order to create the impetus for transformation.

The first step towards change is raising awareness. Web 2.0 is a shining, living stream of human awareness & knowledge that women have for centuries been denied of. With the evolution of the concepts of Web 2.0 women can grow, gathering power, for that is what knowledge is.

One empowered woman can empower other women to create a chain purely of the volition of women. Many empowered women can work side-by-side with men finally filling in the gaps that have been hanging in every spectrum of life, due to the inability of women to project their voice & will. The idea that a tool such as Web 2.0 that can make these things possible exists inspires me, which is a powerful energy.

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aleila's picture

Thank-you!

I appreciate the beauty of your writing. The photos you have chosen are also very beautiful!
Yes I agree, the first step towards change is awareness. It is so important for those who have been isolated to be able to be heard! I agree too that one woman's empowerment leads to the empowerment of many others...this excites and inspires me!
I look forward to reading more of your entries! Thank-you!

I also noticed (because I just fixed my own title) that the title format worldpulse asked us to use is a little different from yours. This might not matter, but I'd check again just to be sure.
Peace to you,
Aleila

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hi, agree about awareness

I think it is important about raising awareness too. I love the idea of creating a chain, one woman at a time and each spreading it on. I also love your picture in that it shows all ages of woman talking together, as it should be!

Maria

akhtarjournalism's picture

Thank you Aleila I really

Thank you Aleila I really appreciate the comments about my writing & for the tip about the header! And thank you Maria this is all feeling really good.

Tara's picture

Week 1

Hi,

I really enjoyed reading and evaluating your post for the VOF week 1 assignment. I like how you focused in on the idea of women using web 2.0 to break out of imposed boundaries. Your writing is clear and well-tied together, and I think it really conveyed your personal ideas and vision on the topic. I hope to see many more great articles like this!

Thanks,
Tara

molliv's picture

wonderful assignment

wow, i really appreciated the way you managed to really express yourself, give several diverse real-life examples, and also stuck to the format of things. you seem not only inspired, but inspiring. i agree that web 2.0 is particularly useful to women because it brings the world to them "beyond their 4 walls". thanks!

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akhtarjournalism's picture

Thanks

You are all a wonderful supportive community..the comment about Moses made me chuckle.

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