When I first entered the World Pulse Community, everything was new to me. As soon as I registered and, driven by curiosity, I found a new universe which I didn’t imagine: a warm welcome by women that didn’t know anything about myself! I was excited about the variety of women present in the network and their actions to make world a better place in which to live by sustaining their communities and raising awareness for the challenges they face every day. Each woman different and unique in her personal history but speaking for herself and standing up for her believes. Web 2.0 gave me the big chance to share, exchange opinions, ideas, thoughts and dreams and post offers and needs that could be of help for other women. I felt like being part of a real big family where I am free to express myself and get to know other countries, realities, cultures and traditions and have a more direct and different information, not given by the medias in Italy. I would like to express a warm THANK YOU TO EVERY WOMAN I HAD THE CHANCE TO INTERACT AND BEFRIEND WITH!
The user-friendly format enables an easy access to information in a structured way. Through the journals and the groups I was able to get deeper insight into life, struggle, projects, competences and interests of women and their communities. In my eyes the resource exchange helps to set up a connection between women of different countries and enables them to put their competences at the service of members in need. The network creates liaisons between women and helps in the exchange and sharing of approaches to topics they have in common. Through the set up of such a network, help can be found among peers and sometimes the way through institutions, governments and burocracy can be avoided or limited, so there is a greater chance of bringing into life projects that are thought and implemented by locals. Changes begin by the locals because they know their country best and women are an essential part of each community.
Through this site I met the “Rafiki Project”and was excited by of being a pen-pal to a woman in Kenya and through my writing help her in improving her literacy. I find this lively exchange a valuable opportunity and an enrichment for both sides. I thank all the women, who write to me for letting me be part of their life. I experienced empowerment in a manufacturing project I started with my friend from Nigeria. Through the network we found a cooperation from Cameroon willing to help us with our manufacturing project in a ecologically sustainable way. Interacting with women working in the empowerment of women helped me to get to know other methods and think about the adaptability to my context. Every time I enter the site, for me it is an empowering experience because I get power, strengths, courage, motivation at personal, human, and professional level.
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.