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.


Dear Binti,

As a Listener for Voices of Our Future this year, I'd like to thank you so much for this excellent Week 1 assignment. I hear the fire and strength in your voice, feel the beginnings of who you are, look forward to hearing more from you, and respect your intelligence. Your current work on behalf of those living with HIV provides a clear glimpse at a way in which you are already striving to make the world a better place for others. Your comment, "More often than not an HIV + Man is seen as just sick but an HIV woman is seen as promiscuous," is eye-opening, and I am grateful that you've shared that on World Pulse. The way you've described and integrated the advantages of Web 2.0 is terrific; informative, positive and helpful, and that is exactly what the assignment asked of you. I applaud you, Binti, and am sending you strong wishes for your continued success. Thank you again, With Appreciation, Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

Hi Sarah,

Many thanks for your kind words. HIV/AIDS is such is such a killer disease which affected most of our families. I am very proud of what is happening in my country Kenya...at least in the urban areas where I stay, people are becoming vocal about it and the stigma is reducing. The government is also providing diet and ARV's. I believe that 5-10 years from now none of my countrymen will succumb to this disease, especially the women, they will live to take care of their children.


No Retreat, No Surrender

Hello, Binti:

You have written an excellent first post with interesting, specific and motivating information. Sharing your specific experience with Ushahidi and Crowdmap was original, personal and impressive.

I noticed that there are not many comments on this specific post...and I believe that once you go to other people's pages and "friend" them, they will receive notices when you post and they will comment on your posts. The community of World Pulse works that way and even though you are all 'competing,' the community you create together will be what gives each of you power. Now I also understand that it may feel uncomfortable at first.

I was so sorry to hear about your Prof. Wangari Maathai -- and I bet in the future I can learn more about many things through your expression of what moves you.

Congratulations, Binti !


Speaking my Peace

I hope you are well. I have received a few invitations...but I don't know how to friend request please help me out. I have also been reading other participant's journals and I enjoy the connection and learning experience.


No Retreat, No Surrender

Thank You Anna for your kind words I feel like I am been heard and my 'speaking out' is not in vain...I take your advice and I will dedicate time to be friend my fellow participants. I also read some of the posts and make my comments. Once Again...Thank You

No Retreat, No Surrender


I have never heard of crowdmap! I will research this. Thank you for teaching me so much in this piece. I also prefer Twitter - so much information immediately. Please look for me there: @EllaSube

Hope to follow your tweets soon!