Digital Technologies and Women: A Reflection from World Social Science Forum 2013 at Montreal Canada

Eunice Owino
Posted October 29, 2013 from Kenya

Hi, Digital technologies are enormously powerful, for connecting people and information to one another and for effecting social change. The very same technologies have been used to orchestrate women issues and development.

In October 2013 when I attended the World Social Science Forum as a paper presenter on Digital Technologies, I decided to test my skills as a journalist. Below is a link for the interview I conducted:

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In January 2013 I participated in ‘CALL FOR PAPERS’ carried out by International Social Science Council’s 2nd World Social Science Forum (WSSF). With the theme and focus “Social Transformations and the Digital Age.”

My paper on ICT and sexuality entitled: ‘The Cosmopedia Generation: A Critical Analysis of the Online Sexual Activities in Kenya’ was accepted by the WSSF team. Here in summary, I analyzed Kenyan online users on their engagement in online sexual activities such as sexting, pornography, dating cites, you tube nude pictures, sexual charts, exchanging of nude photos via emails etc. I also analyzed the effects of these OSA to the users. The findings were intriguing as a higher number of respondents acknowledged to have engaged in three or more of these activities and the effects ranged from addiction, masturbation and the growing disinterest in offline relationships.

I was fully funded to present the paper in Montreal Canada between 12th -16th October 2013. I was also appointed to moderate one session.

In addition to this, I decided to interview 6 participants on ‘Digital technologies and women’. I remember so well during the opening ceremony, I was wearing two tags; the one for WSSF and World Pulse Press tag. After spotting key people to interview, I approached one by one confidently, introduced myself and the media I am affiliated to-WP, all of them seemed not to have heard about WP apart from a gentleman from Cameroon. This gave me an opportunity to explain to them about WP and even gave them a link. In fact some googled to confirm whether we truly exist and when they saw WP website they were overwhelmed, I saw appreciation on my interviewees’ faces. They were so eager to be interviewed. I interviewed them using my iPad and all of them were positive about it, even though at some point I was feeling my equipments were not up-to standard, I pushed this feeling away and carried on with interviews successfully.

This was a very eventful period for me. I felt so nice as a journalist. Some kept whispering to one another ‘The press is here’. I felt very proud of WP. I also met scholars on digital technologies and learnt a lot from them. One of the participants is ready to collaborate with me so that we scale up this paper that I presented, talks are still under way. This was indeed a great time for me.

The next International Social Science Council, WORLD SOCIAL SCIENCE FORUM 2015 Will be held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2015. The theme will be

TRANSFORMING GLOBAL RELATIONS FOR A JUST WORLD

Be on the look out!

Cheers!

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Osai
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing Ayunnie. Very useful work out there.

Best wishes, Osai

Eunice Owino
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013

Hi Osai, Thank you for stopping by and your encouragement

pelamutunzi
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013

this is wonderful and a good experience for you i feel like i was part of it. this is what WP is. it unites people and all the people i meet alwatys google and join WP. all the best

Eunice Owino
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013

Hi Pela, How true you are Pela! WP has this unique and peculiar way of bring people together. I believe our last module will be easier as most of us have at least talked about WP to more than 5 people. Be blessed my sister

carolepng
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014

I really enjoyed reading your post on your experience and being part of the forum! Wow! so great that you got to interview key people - that takes a lot of courage. WE need to keep promoting World Pulse to the world so many more know about World Pulse and what its all about.

thank you for sharing.