I am excited by the fact that with Web 2.0 I am able to receive news as they happen. I don’t have to wait until news time, tune on the TV and get information. I receive news instantly and respond instantly, I mean, I am able to air my opinion. My favorite platform so far is twitter, I get news as they happen and I can be able to verify the information from various sources. I am excited that most people here in Kenya are using social media platforms where we meet countrymen from diverse backgrounds and get to interact. When I read a blog or articles that are posted online, I also go through the comments that people make and see that we think totally different and make decisions from different perspectives. Web 2.0 also brings solutions to the global women's empowerment movement; First, women are heard and as soon as possible. This is unlike before where you had to go through some protocols before you can be heard, sometimes it even forced women to demonstrate just to get attention and audience to discuss matters affecting them. For instance, I believe if Web 2.0 was efficient during the days of our very own Prof. Wangari Maathai a simple tweet like “all women let us gather tomorrow for the conservation of Karura Forest” would have spared her the beating she got alone. Needless to say, we move on and we have Web 2.0 and just one ‘shout’ will bring the whole world to a standstill and we shall be heard. Second, women are able to build their portfolios using Web 2.0 and are slowly making it in businesses and becoming financially independent. Moureen, one of my friends makes beaded bracelets, tapestry mats and markets them online, she is in business! Finally, and most importantly there are platforms in place where women can seek important information and services on various issues such as health care, inheritance, property ownership and even human rights. One such example is a crowdmap. A Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of the Ushahidi Platform without having to install it on your own web server. It is fast and simple to install and you can map reports, events and visualize information. In my line of duty we were assigned to create an online database where legal practitioners provide representation services of equal access to justice for Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV). My colleague created the website while I did a crowdmap. When working on this project I was glad that even though both men and women will benefit, the later will be privileged because of the high stigma they face. More often than not a HIV+ Man is seen as just sick but a HIV+ woman is seen as promiscuous. Web 2.0 tools are empowering me to air my opinion, know what is happening around me and find opportunities to make myself better (voices of our future is one such opportunity).
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.