As content creator platform, web 2.0 opens a path of unlimited choices for societies and women in particular. The fact that my ability to build and shape my own vision of any idea, experience, business and even personal thoughts and publish it in the cyberspace empower my confidence and encourage me to speak for me. I think web 2.0 is a supplement for our modern lives. Information monopoly became history, and there is less parental control by some sort of authority deciding what to include and what to exclude from our knowledge.

What excites me the most about web 2.0 is the reconstruction of values and traditional thoughts in a certain society; let us take the participation of women in the Arab spring as an example. Facebook and Twitter among other platforms erased gender, age and social status and allowed all people to participate in change. Women are participating in protests and in the new political movement in the Arab revolutions more than any other time before, even many strict families now are proud of their women joining the new civil movement. This is a step that prepares a base for new humanitarian sphere. I believe that web 2.0 will be a major gate to assess and elevate the work of NGO’s, social and civil movements to create what I call “online unions”. Me, you, all of us, no matter who you are and where you came from you will be able to reinforce human rights.

Web 2.0 can help many women around the world in finding a job, getting a suitable training and allowing them to continue their schooling, bringing women together from all around the globe to exchange experiences and raise their voices in a beautiful collective brainstorming, pulse wire as an example. When I was 21 years old, I was searching for any job to help my family and pay my college fees, web 2.0 at that time was not spread, internet itself was limited to people who can afford it in Syria. I only had to check the gazette every week and draw circles around the “I can do this” jobs. It was terrible because many employers appeared to want a very “multitasking” women. Nowadays, A program like The Jamiix Counseling Service for strengthening young people’s resources, would had helped a young woman like me simply through mobile phones to enhance my future options.

As a translator, web 2.0 tools helped to improve my carrier. I read Wikipedia to understand better the subject I am translating. I am also a member in a translators's community where I can discuss with other translators certain terms and methods. Facebook now is an essential tool to me especially when activists in my country are using it to post latest news, developments and footages of the ongoing revolution.

With all the options and chances web 2.0 offer, who can say women can't?

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.



Great job articulating how the internet and Web 2.0 can shape and reconstruct values in a society. I really enjoyed hearing about your personal experience and how these tools have worked to your benefit. Keep up the good work!

Dear Nisan,

My name is Iffat and I am one of the Listeners for VOF program 2011. I will do my best to help you where you need. It is good to see women from your region utilizing the power of Web 2.0 to enhance their social and political activities, and I liked how you put it, "Information monopoly became history." Indeed web 2.0 is playing a great role in reconstructing values and traditional thoughts in a certain society. You have the ability to write clearly and I enjoyed reading your post.

In your write-up you mentioned the Arab spring, I do hope you had expanded a bit more on the kind of socio-political (or any other) activities you were personally involved in and to what extent the new media helped you in achieving that goal or activity. You did mention a few of them but more towards the end. I think your third paragraph could have been used for that specific purpose rather than writing about the general impact of it.

I look forward to reading more of your work and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

I really cherish you notes, and I wish I could expand more regarding the Arab spring but I had to put it in less than 500 words and I had to choose my ideas. However, I do intend to write more about it later in my journal. Funny how the revolution in my country made me braver than before, do you know that all internet user are tracked down in Syria? so it is my responsibility as Syrian to deliver their voice. I help in translating news so activists can post or send them to western media. I wasn't an enthusiastic Facebook user before my country's revolution, recently I started to have this zest and I feel strong because all the resources I can access. I believe this is what started the revolution in my country, web 2.0 users felt strong and empowered, they knew they can alter change. Web 2.0 users are hunted down and killed, for the government, internet activists and those who want democracy and want to improve their country are more dangerous than the corrupted ministers and cold blooded murders.

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Dear Nisan,

I do follow the news and events from the Arab world via the mainstream media. I wish you would keep up the good work and also stay safe throughout this journey.

Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

Hi Nisan,

Your words are inspiring and so very clear. I hope your family is one of those who is proud of their daughter. Good luck in the months to come. May you get the freedom and power you deserve!


I wish that luck escorts you in the months to come, I am sorry for not thanking you earlier I had cold and was in bed for a while.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


Hello, Dear Nisan!

I've just received word that we'll be working together for the next five months and I feel honored to reach out to you across the miles. I'll be your Mentor and you'll hear from our Editorial Midwife soon, too.

You'll get a letter from me in the next week, but I wanted to say hello as soon as WP gave me your name.

I send you love and support from this moment forward!

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