My vision is that we women from around the world have a safe and open space to talk and plan our future. Web 2.0 is the place. It will allow us to promote ourselves in the context of our lives, we will make change work for us by us because we will use our voices to make it happen. I often wonder what exactly can we describe our relationship with money? is there one? why is often the case that women have little access to their own money...we lack assets and wealth...we usually invest in others rather than in ourselves.
I find that social mores, credit economy, globalization and violence are threats to our own creation of wealth. The monetary system of lending does not have into account that at times women do not have property rights, still we provide for food and our manual labor goes unpaid. We need to change this. Women's labor is worth for them and their families. In Africa as in the rest of the world women invest in their children education first and lastly in their needs. There is no financial inclusion to ameliorate for example a health emergency.
Financial inclusion is a problem that need to be "visualize" in the social media; we need the Web 2.0 to accomplish this goal. We will share ideas and solutions to the why, how, when this is still the rule. We are raising awareness and creating connections at the global level to make change happen for all of us.
Web 2.0 will give us an identity at the political, economical and social level with world outreach. Women's financial issues are similar in Colombia, Mumbai, or Harare: disadvantages in wealth attainment. By creating an unified chorus of questions and by looking to shared solutions we will have the power to manage our destinies, lives, and worth. In addition, visibility and majority in numbers and in gender will make our advocacy easier and effective; less dictated by outsiders. We need Paul Freire spoke of "concentizacion" or acknowledgement of our place in the world, how our social political context affects our lives and our choices. Time to change this.
Writing my first post is empowering, just writing it in English my second language is empowering. I want change for all, financial women exclusion concerns me greatly; it is unfair and unjust. I want a movement where similarities are valued and our differences respected. My voice and the voice of my online community gives me the energy to delve even more into this issue, why not? Let's create together our technological world accessible to all!!!!
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.