VOF Week 1: Moving Women Cause Through the Web
Such a good opportunity to explain you all why I have chosen «Moving Cause» title for this journal!
I am a software and informatics engineer, who has learned a lot about truly innovative and complex technologies. However, I have adopted a simple, yet challenging, cause: take advantage of the benefits of existing (and incoming!) Technology, as a support for the promotion of good, and still very localized and isolated, valuable social entrepreneurship, especially made by women.
On a daily basis I am connected to the internet, and I take part in many newsletters, mailing lists and feeds, on diversified subjects, such as Non-Profits, micro-credit, philanthropy and women in technology.
Through one of those emerging Web 2.0 groups, I met Ana, who shares the same vision of a more connected world. She is a beautiful lady, old enough to be my mother!, Portuguese, like me, and she is doing her PhD in the University of Austin Texas. When I sent a message in that mailing list, claiming that I would be delighted to meet other women in technology willing to move IT causes in far off places, Ana replied, and together, since then, we have started growing ideas, and then specific plans to make that dream come true.
We have recently launched a non profit, Moving Cause, and we have involved seven other women of vision, world spread, with many different backgrounds and who have already lived (or are living) in other places of the world, besides the country where they come from. Per example, Maria is an artist who has been in Slovenia and India; Ana Luisa is a doctor who has lived in Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and is now in Zimbabwe; Marisa is an economist, specialized in social development, and who is living in East Timor, Joana is a microbiologist, ecology activist, who has been in Peru; etc. Though most of us are physically away from each other, we have been feeding a strong relationship between us, through the Web.
We have been awarded by an HP Magic Giveaway campaign, and we now have six computers, a printer and lots of software and other materials to implement a ICT Mini Cluster for women in East Timor. We have also managed to bring a beautiful social business created by women from the very isolated island of Atauro, in Timor. They make dolls as a way of living! Isn’t this delicious? That way they manage to find some income to send their kids to school and buy basic needs. We are trying to go there this year and train youngsters on using Web 2.0 so that can promote their stories through the web, and also, why not selling the dolls through e-Bay?
From my point of view, this proves that Web 2.0 is a strong tool for women empowerment and shows how and why I am using it to move good causes... You too should take advantage of it!