Women Web Encounter: Bridging the Digital Gap.

Fatoumatta Saho
Posted August 1, 2014 from Gambia

About Me:My is Fatoumatta Saho, I am 23 years old born and living in the Gambia, West Africa. I am a Media practioner, is a Social Justice activist and a Generation Changer under US state Department Gambia. I am an aspiring Social Entrepreneur currently Pursuing a degree in Political science and International Studies in the University of the Gambia. I previously studied Gender and Development at the Management Development Institute (MDI) where I critically explored the contending perspectives of Women empowerment and its implications in Socio Economic Development particularly in the Gambia.

I currently work with Child fund The Gambia as a GIK (Goods In Kind) Officer under the Department of Projects. Formerly CCF (Christian Children Fund), Child fund is an International NGO with its Head quarters In UK, Working to support the poor and the less privilege through Scholarship, Capacity Building, Youth Empowerment, entrepreneurship and skill training.

Apart from my Normal job, I am a youth Activist actively involve with youth organisations for positive social change. I am the the Current Gender Director of the Social Science and Humanity students Association (SOSSHA), University the Gambia, The Secretary General of Food First Project) and the IPRO (Information and Public Relations Officer) Of GLOBAL HANDS GAMBIA (www.globalhands.gm).

I equally Moderate(Co-Host) a weekly Radio Talk show Called Uniplatform(www.uniquefm.gm) The show offers University Students the Platform to discuss Academic and extrcuricular issues in the university of the Gambia.The show also offers a platform for young people to critically assess socio econmic development in the Gambia.

One of my favoureite quotes are " Charity Begins at Home, Be the change you want"

more on My organisations please visit Facebook( Global Hands Gambia) (Project Food First) and (Uniplatform Radio Talk Show.

The Web has literary bind the world as a family in an unprecedented manner. My personal encounter with the Web offers a significant story that can inspire many young women. I made family, friends and Partners through the Internet. I am grateful for the opportunity that the digital world has accorded me. Here is how everything started. I am from a remote village in the West coast region of the Gambia, called Busumbala. My family moved there in 2003 when i was in Junior school. Busumballa is one of the oldest settlements in the Western part of the Gambia with a rich history in royal dynasty and traditional rulers. At my community life seem challenging than ever. There is lack of pipe borne Water, Electricity and any other form of social Amenity due to its proximity to the highway. I struggle to make it to school every early morning by waking up at around 6am.I use to study with a candle and sometimes i sleep off leaving the candle burning, Thanks to my Mum who always check on my room to make sure that the candle is off. I scale through the academic ladder struggling to study with Candle light, helping to take care of a sick Father and treking by foot for hours before i get to school. In 2008, while In grade 11, i got my first Mobile phone. I use it to create my Facebook acount and am using to date. Currently, i have over 1500 friends from around the world. I network with some, chat with some, share ideas and still learn from others. I am currently serving as the Secretary General of a Gambian base social entreprise called Project food first. The project was formed in 1997 empowering rural women on horticulture and skills development. I made such connection through the Internet with the Coordinator of the project who is also a Gambian. We currently have 100 sets of computers in store meant for schools and skills training centers in the Gambia in order to boost technology and bridge the digital Gap between men and women. I want to strengten the project by networking and searching for potential donors and partners to help fund more of our pragrams. The programs will help to train rural women on basic computer skills and other digital devices like moblie phones and Television sets. It will thrill you to know that some women don t even know how to operate a TV.

With my digital encounter, I easily access Information on the internet and am better inform than those girls who havent get access to the internet. I read health tips, Current issues, Global issues, Google infromations,do research , Network and socialization. It has help to shape my world view and equally empower me to stand for others as well. WOMEN WEB ENCOUNTER can offer them a lifetime opportunity which can inspire many women and girls in order to brigde the digital gap.

My Passions:Education, Volunteering and Activism

My Vision for the Future:A more Developed and interconnected world with highly Educated and Open minded people.

My Areas of Expertise:Public speaking, Analytical skills, Policy Analysis, Networking and Monitoring an evaluation.

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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Fatoumatta Saho
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014

A life changing experiance.

kellyannaustin
Aug 03, 2014
Aug 03, 2014

Fatoumatta,

What an inspiring encounter with technology! I wonder if you would be willing to compose a piece about digital issues for our Women Weave the Web Campaign? I'd love to hear your thoughts about how technology affects your life and the lives of women around you. Your personal story might be a perfect subject! You can find out more information about the campaign here, http://worldpulse.com/about/blog/launching-the-digital-empowerment-phase.... It would be fabulous to have your voice join others as we think through issues around digital literacy in all its complexity.

By participating, you will be joining a global community of women speaking out on the importance of digital inclusion and empowerment for women. Your voice will be delivered to powerful decision makers such as government officials, leaders in the technology industry, and policy makers at international organizations. In addition to influencing global agendas, your submission to the campaign will open the door to incredible opportunities such as:

· Being selected to represent World Pulse at influential international forums. This is your chance to meet key players and make your voice count!

· Connecting and building relationships with grassroots women leaders around the world. Be part of a community of thousands of women speaking out on this issue!

· Exploring and sharing resources for your work on our Campaign Resources page. Find support for your initiatives from funding to volunteers and supporters!

· Getting your voice heard on a global scale! World Pulse will analyze and collate your stories to deliver recommendations to influencers and decision makers on a global scale.

· Getting visibility and support for your work. Your story could be featured on our site, included in an e-magazine, or even published by well-known media outlets!

And the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. The prize will include a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on WorldPulse.com, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City. You can find more on the website, http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/www-women-weave-the-web-campaign-prizes

I hope you'll participate!

Wishing you peace,

Yvette Warren
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 09, 2014

Welcome to World Pulse, Fatoumatta. We are privileged to share in your success through digital empowerment. Welcome to World Pulse.

Your visions of an educated populace are one step closer to achievement when you network in such a strong group of empowered people. You are only one person, but you are smart enough to know that our power is exponential when combined with other powerful people.

You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

Continue to be a blessing. Yvette

Tan Ching
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 15, 2014

Wow, being an activist is so wonderful..not only the word is spread, work is done to help other people, experiences are also gained, self-satisfaction obtained and the sense of achievement felt, the resume is also built....so volunteering is so good, also allow networking etc. There are so many modes and ways to volunteer. Cool to read of all the different experiences at this platform, I also learn something myself too.

Mary S
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 23, 2014

Hi Fatoumatta

Welcome to World Pulse!

Thank you for sharing your story. You have achieved a lot and are proof that, however difficult life is, determination can get you a long way.

Good luck with your studies and your work!

Mary

Kaity Van Riper
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 27, 2014

Wow, you certainly are striving to make a lot of change in many different ways. What an inspiration you are. I wish you lots of courage and blessings as you continue on your journey of activism.