The most exciting to me about Web2.0 is the media empowerment it provides, especially in a time like this, when it is very expensive to get news worthy stories published or aired by media houses. Most offline journalists would demand for a brown envelop or monetary tips before news worthy story can be published. But with Web2.0 there is no limitation at all, my voice and actions can be heard and seen globally.As a citizen journalist I am free and I can help to free other women. The rare opportunity of meeting and interacting with intelligent and passionate online friends is also an additional empowerment for me. Web 2.0 makes it easier to network with like-minded individuals and to join one or two existing movement for global change. Also exciting to me is the opportunity to integrate with other cultural background and actions that involve and concern women. This opening allows me to know the various global cultures and government policies that promote or deprive the women folks. My knowledge of the cultural background would enable me access areas of global need.
In addition, the global women empowerment movement would be widely and quickly spread by the use of Web2.0.Raising awareness on vital and urgent women conditions around the world would be made easier by the use of Web 2.0 and the online connections that would be created would allow for a community-oriented solution to any problem raised. The different ideas that would be raised by various change-makers would definitely provide possible solutions. Women are empowered to build movements and to share stories that involve women from the right perspective of a woman with the intention to provide or get swift solutions. Also, the women related conditions in the world that have not been reported or under-reported can now get global readership and possibly prompt solutions. Stories that concern women will no longer be on the waiting list of political items that need the majority vote before they are addressed because the entire web community will have access to these stories and takes bold steps to assist or help .
To conclude the Web 2.0 has been eventful to me so far because I no longer need to lobby around offline Journalist and Editors or begin to package brown envelops to get my news worthy and life –changing stories published. Recently, the Swedish government sent a delegation to Nigeria for bilateral talk on the mass entry of Nigerian girls and women into Sweden for the purpose of commercial sex. I would really love to use this new opportunity to support and help the Nigerian women in the movement against female trafficking. Most of these women and girls are stranded in foreign countries and are awaiting rescue teams. With the empowerment provided by Web2.0, I would through the government agency in charge of female trafficking in Nigeria be able to help with their home coming and rehabilitation processes.
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