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The Internet Keeps us closely connected every where we go

Celine and Nabiye- World Pulse Sisters

The importance of the internet cannot be overemphasized. When I look back I recall how reluctant I was to engage in online activities because I was made to believe that only fraudulent people or students who have assignments to do online. After much persuasion from friends to join Facebook, I did and I saw it was interesting. Gradually I began to familiarize with Facebook and Facebook Apps, I started to enjoy the Facebook games, always looking forward to work on my online farm and building online cities. I then saw that groups can be created and I could discus and share about my passion. I then created a Facebook group for my NGO IEVAWC- Initiative for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children, and I started to enjoying working online, creating awareness, educating and enlightening the people on the dangers and effects of gender violence in the society and on the individual. Then I started to see similar groups talking about same issues and I connected with them, it was through connecting with the various women groups that I came across world pulse. I was excited I found a platform to raise my voice and I felt heard. I was inspired to do more. And till this moment I am taking advantage of the web to promote myself and my work and to seek for more partnerships and collaborations. I must say that it has been very successful so far. I have also continued to connect with more women from different countries in world pulse. My excitement level was raised when I met one on one with my world pulse sisters in Abuja, Nigeria at the A4AI event. I was very happy. Though we were meeting for the first time but it felt like we've known each other for years because the internet kept us closely connected. The internet is the only place where you can be at more than one places at the same time, engage in more than one activity at the same time. Last week I was in Lagos, Nigeria for some personal business and I visited one of my World Pulse sisters Celine Osukwu. It was a wonderful meeting; world pulse gave us the opportunity to know each other, and to work closely by partnering together. We discussed a lot of issues and the way forward. It was indeed a wonderful meeting and we are not stopping there, we will continue to stay close online and offline.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Celine and Nabiye

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Idara's picture

so real

I also had the same misconceptions as you on the use of the internet. Although I am not completely relaxed with the use of the social media; because I worry about giving too much private moments out, and right now, I worry I am not giving enough. My challenge was how do I really maintain the level of privacy I want and enjoy the full advantage of the social media?
I profited a lot from the use of the internet: education, research, finding friends and keeping some etc.and do not want to think of life without the internet, more precisely my phone. Just sending a Happy Birthday message on face book, set the mood running for a more appreciative friendship, opening doors for deeper conversations.

Nabiye Tal's picture

Yes!!!

Dear Idara,

Yes my dear sister, there are many more opportunities to grab online. Looking forward to meet you too soon. Big hugs

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

busayo's picture

YES!!

Yes my sister, very closely connected. To the point that even when we now meet face to face it will be as if you just parted yesterday. Many would not have known each other for life if not for internet.
Thank you for this wonderful post

Hugs
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank yooooooooou!

Dear Busayo,

Yes you are right, and i look forward to seeing you next week in Lagos. Thank you so much sister, Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

FOR's picture

You made me so happy today...

Reading this journal post made me smile so much :)

As a person from the "millennial s" generation or the "slacktivist" generation, I was at first sceptical towards using the internet as well, except for a different reason! Kendall and I did not want to be mixed up with these terms because we work hard to make our little group known. (ok sorta known ... not really, not yet anyway.)

And yet here we both are, one from Nigeria and one from Canada, coming together over issues that we think are important.

Stay strong :)

Shannon
Fight for Our Rights (FOR)

Nabiye Tal's picture

Dear Shannon, Thanks Sister,

Dear Shannon,

Thanks Sister, i am glad i made you happy. I can't stop laughing at your word though "slacktivist", have never heard the word but have learnt something new again. :D . And yes I'm really glad to connect with you. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Thank you for sharing on the means by which and the internet has been helpful to you. Proud of you my sister
Hi

sylvie

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thanks Sister

Dear Sylvie,

Thanks my dear sister for your words of encouragement. Cheers

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Julia O'Byrne's picture

I really liked your post!

Hi Nabiye!
I really enjoyed your post. It made me feel really happy because I was reminded of how great the internet can be. I remember when I too realized I could use the internet for more than just email. Through the internet I have discovered a lot of cool sites (like World Pulse) and have learned a lot. I am inspired by you to see what else I can do with the internet :) I also think it's really cool how you've met other women you've connected with online offline. I love the picture of you and Celine :) Thank you for sharing such an uplifting post!

I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Best wishes,
Julia

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You!!!!

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for your encouragements, there are really great sites to see online and great people too. am glad to connect with you. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Carolina Torres's picture

Dear Nabiye, You made me

Dear Nabiye,
You made me smile! This is definitely the same story for many people. I really hope the network can also take you other regions such as Latin America where women are also expanding their networks and doing great work. There is a lot of lessons learn to share.

Best,
Carolina

Nabiye Tal's picture

Yes Yes Yes

Dear Carolina,

Thank you so much for your encouragements, i am happy. and yes yes yes i look forward to being in Latin America soon, the internet is powerful and i believe this is possible. I am happy to connect with you. Big hugs sister.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Dani26's picture

Thanks for sharing your story

Dear Nabiye

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can understand you feeling a little hesitant about the internet at first, but what an amazing journey you have made to where you are now, using the internet for activism against gender-based violence. What sort of ways do you use the internet to raise awareness of violence against women? I think it's great that you have been able to meet some of your World Pulse sisters in person as well.

Congratulations on your work so far, and best wishes for your work into the future
Dani

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You

Dear Dani, Thank you so much my dear for your words of encouragements. we use the Organization's facebook fan page and group wall to posts articles and journals on the effects of gender violence and we also share othe people's stories who want their stories published so that others can learn from it, we also tweet on trending issues on violence against women and children, we believe it goes along way in creating awareness and drawing peoples attention that we are fighting this ugly menace and everyone is welcomed to join hands with us. so this is how we do it for now, Thanks dear. Big Hugs.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Dani26's picture

Thanks Nabiye - yep I think

Thanks Nabiye - yep I think facebook and twitter are greats ways to raise awareness of these issues - for me facebook is probably the main way that I hear about work on women's rights around the world. Could you let me know your organisation's facebook page - I'd love to 'like' your page so I can read more about your work.

Best wishes
Dani

Nabiye Tal's picture

Here...

Dear Dani,

Yes, that's it, here is the link to my Organization facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Initiative-for-the-Elimination-of-Violence..., we can also connect on twitter @ievawc, and my personal twitter is @nabiye, Many thanks dearie.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Dani26's picture

Thanks Nabiye - I've liked

Thanks Nabiye - I've liked your organization on facebook, thanks for sharing :-)

Dani

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Well done my dear sister

My dearest world Pulse sister, i am so glad that you found your way on the internet and have managed to make connections with the people in your country. It is amazing how the internet bridges the gap between us and we are really never alone. Please keep posting these wonderful stories so that many women can read and be encouraged. Sta blessed my dear.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Nabiye Tal's picture

Absolutely

Dear Anita,

Thank you so much my sister, thanks for encouraging me. I am inspired. Thanks and i am happy to connect with you too. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

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