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Empowering women through the internet

The issue of empowering women has been a great concern for the world.It is no surprise that the Millennium Development Goal number 3 states "To promote gender equality and empower women" . My question is can the internet accelerate this goal?

In 2012 I came across a video on YouTube, it was about making paper beads and jewelry design.I made a few as gifts for family and friends.Later I made a lot and put it in a box, one day my brother came for the jewelry to show it to my neighbors and they bought everything. With no intention of starting a business demand for my jewelry was increasing, so I decided to start a business.Before starting my business I said to myself I'll create a YouTube channel to empower other people.

Today My YouTube channel called Moshelbeads which is also my company name has over 36,000 views and still growing.I often receive emails from the channel viewers that my videos have empowered them.I'm in Africa(Ghana) and through the internet my videos are empowering people around the world. Moshelbeads YouTube channel demographics shows that
14% male and 86% female watch the channel. Top locations by view are United states,Brazil and Armenia respectively.

The internet can accelerate Millennium Development Goal 3(to promote gender equality and empower women). I believe that awareness should be created to encourage more women to seek empowerment on the internet. The internet has made me an entrepreneur who is making a social impact. It is my vision to train a lot of women in deprived communities in Ghana to reduce poverty. The world is a global village because of the internet, many women should take advantage of this to empower themselves. Whatever your passion is it can be found on the internet.Who knows maybe your next big business is somewhere on the internet.

Today your are reading my story because of the internet. The internet is a powerful tool that can empower many women around the world.

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

Comments

Y's picture

Well said! I love having

Well said! I love having access to expertise and experts at my fingertips. I only wish I had the internet when I was young and energetic.

Yvette

Lea's picture

Wonderful, moshelbeads! It is

Wonderful, moshelbeads!
It is so inspiring to read about how the internet has helped you both connect and empower women from all over the world and also become a social entrepreneur. Thanks to your Youtube videos you have motivated people to start their own business and to feel that they, too, can achieve their goals. I think it's amazing that through making and selling jewelry you came up with the idea of encouraging others to use their skills to make a difference.
I completely agree with you that the internet has been beneficial to women in terms of reducing poverty, finding support groups and finding ways of developing and strengthening their skills!
Are you still making jewelry? I would love to hear more about your experience starting your own jewelry business! Do you have a website where you post your work?
Keep up the great work!
Lea

moshelbeads's picture

Thanks Lea!

Thanks for your wonderful words! You can read more about how I started on this blog http://buff.ly/1bhqDEa

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moshel.beads

I discovered World Pulse recently on a blog, so far I'm loving the support and encouragement from community members.Thanks again!

Best regards,
Rebecca

kkrompas's picture

What a great story! Who would

What a great story! Who would have thought that a youtube video be so transformative. I'm excited for you and to hear more of your story and how your business is working. How are you using the internet to encourage others in your community?

Keep up the amazing work.

Kaity

moshelbeads's picture

Hi Kaity

Thanks! Kaity you can read more about me and the business on this blog http://buff.ly/1bhqDEa

My business is doing well but I must confess that starting a business in a developing country is very challenging. In my community I tell people to connect with my business on our social media platforms.I share my story with people at networking events and other public events. People are amazed with my paper bead jewelry, I always get the question 'where is the paper'.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moshel.beads

Best regards,
Rebecca Osei-Fordjour

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