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Empowered to Deliver.

This has been a wonderful journey, thinking about digital access and empowerment of women and this final part is especially exciting because it focuses on the heart of the matter, the life-changing stories of the impact of digital access. For a while i have wondered how we survived without internet and digital access whether on phone or computer. One can practically find all you need while seated at the comfort of your office or home, attain a degree online, do business and market your products to a vast audience that is not limited by any culture, race, ability or otherwise. I have been able to achieve so much in terms of acquiring knowledge, networking and accessing opportunities through the internet that i think its something every woman should have access to. The internet has helped reach my goals and is still helping me to. For starters, i was able to do my first professional course and get a certificate online through the Global eLearning network. I also learnt how to write a business proposal online and most recently joined a mentoring network which i find so fulfilling to be able to give back and learn from others.

This brings me to the important aspect of offline empowerment through online empowerment. By connecting with a mentor and and also being a mentor myself, i have been empowered through the internet. A few years back i joined a network of human Resource professionals in Kenya and just recently, we began a SACCO for purely HR professionals. I am yet to meet any of the members face to face but, we're getting empowered financially by bringing our resources together and all this began through online networking and interactions.

“Empowering women is empowering a nation.” This was rightly put by Michaelle Jean Canada’s past Governor General in a speech she gave to the Soweto Businesswomen’s Association in South Africa. I totally agree with this statement because the ripple effect is that not only will the nation be empowered, but the entire world. A digital space accessible to women all over the world will create a global network of change, governments will take action when women arise to make one voice heard digitally and policies will be enacted that offer equal rights where women are respected for who they are and given the space to become without being judged based on societal expectations. This is why i think it is extremely important that women are empowered digitally. Their voice will be heard by a wider audience and they will influence change on a larger scale.When women are empowered, it leads to national development and progress is achieved in all sectors of the society. This should be a key agenda to any government seeking to grow its economy. A new global study featured on fastcompany.com showed that the most successful company have women in charge. Further proving that empowering women is crucial.

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

Comments

lydiagcallano's picture

Commendable!

Terry, you are an awesome woman - truly a LIMITLESS WOMAN as your tage line says. You earned a degree online, you were able to make a business proposal and now you are mentoring online as well.

You have echoed Michaelle Jean's powerful message: “Empowering women is empowering a nation." I agree 100% with it. Truly a woman is basically strong deep inside, This strength emerges naturally but sometimes, it takes something to draw her strength out and information technology is one of those powerful means.

Kudos, Terry! Continue what you have started and let your light shine for other women to see and follow.

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Terry's picture

There's no Limit!

Thank you Lydia for responding to my post and for your encouragement. Truly, there's no limit to what we can do and accomplish through digital platforms. I especially like the fact that i can connect with powerful women as you and get to learn from just while seated at my computer. What a blessing.

Terry Shiundu

gracest's picture

Thank you terry!

Hi! I am a women born in what I consider a transitional stage. Wow!!! My generation would say"you go girl!" what is going on in the international world is beyond what I would have imagined 40 years ago.. It is so incredible, and I think this is the greatest development in the modern world since sliced bread???????!!!!!!! Ha! I can only hope that women will take responsibility for the world - sorry!!. But be kind to each other and your fellow human beings. It is a huge responsibility.

gracest's picture

Hi Terry, I thought it might

Hi Terry,

I thought it might make some sense to tell you that I'm on a trip with my mother, and we have started to read World Pulse stories together :) She found your story very inspiring and wanted to comment.
It has been particularly special for me to share this site with my mother during this time..
We both wish you the best on all of your honorable endeavors.

Your sister,
Grace

Terry's picture

Thanks Grace

Sorry it took me time to respond. I truly appreciate your comments (both) and taking time to give feedback. Pass my love to your Mummy and say a big thank you to her as well. I give glory to God. Its interesting to hear that you're on a trip with your Mum. Is it a tour or work based? I would love to hear more about that. I look forward to sharing such moments with my Mum. You are truly blessed.

I'm glad too that you're sharing the site with her, (i will be honored if she can comment). World Pulse is truly a site that i think every woman should visit. You get so inspired by stories from around the world and it actually makes you feel you have travelled the world, even to places you never imagined possible.

I wish you journey mercies and joy in your trip.

Shalom.

Terry Shiundu

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