If Your mind is in it, you can do it

Hlulani Ruth
Posted July 28, 2014 from South Africa

I'm one of those people who first started interacting with a PC on my first day in tertiary, from that time my life was transformed forever, because it is the that I realized that one can actually build something tangible through technology, so at this point I learning anything just got easy for me because whatever that I need I'm able to access through the resources and also blog posts that are found on the net, If it wasn't of internet I wouldn't have met some great people I get to interact with at this point, this include the start-up where I'm a team member in, just to tell a bit of a story, "This one time a guy who is now my boss sent an email to my lecture to invite us to attend a workshop, so for one to attend we had to fill in an online form, so when I visited the link provided, I couldn't go any further because the space was full, but because I heard the name from my lecture, I decided to trace the guy who sent an email to my lecture, I found him on Facebook, we started communicating and I kept bothering him for help until that point when he saw fit that he should invite me to their office, and before you know it, I was offered a job",

I think online empowerment can lead to offline empowerment because reality seeks to say that, being connected has change the way we relate to others, so this means that the generation that comes after us is the one that will be more equipped as far as being connected is concerned,

I believe empowering women in technology will change the image of technology in the future, since well woman are mothers of today and tomorrow, in reality it is easy for a mother to pass their knowledge to their kids easily because of the natural bond they usually have with their kids, so you educate a woman, you educate a generation

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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Lea
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014

Dear Hlulani,

Thank you for sharing with us how important the use of the internet and technology has been in your life. Clearly, it has enabled you to connect with others, and even to secure a job. The internet does have a transformative effect on the future generations and will allow them to seek out one another for information exchange, for help, for support, for passing knowledge as you mentioned in your essay. All of us feel connected through this medium and there are indeed main benefits to being part of a global online community.

Bheki
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014

Dear Hlulani,

I appreciated reading your posting about how the internet has impacted your life. What struck me even more though was the initiative and determination you showed in pursuing what was important to you! The internet is a powerful tool, but having access to it, knowing how to use it, and then creatively applying it to our lives is what gives it true power!

I can't agree more that educating women is the best way to educate a generation. I spent the last five years working in rural South Africa and saw how badly people wanted access to technology, but there are serious barriers that keep it still very limited. The cost of data and security of the equipment were two of the most significant challenges. Seems like phones are really the way of the future if we are hoping for broad access. What do you think?

Thank you for sharing. I hope you are very successful in your position.

My best,

Bheki

Kadidia Doumbia
Aug 04, 2014
Aug 04, 2014

Hulani,

Yes, technology has become the main venue to communicate. I do appreciate how you went about to trace the person who is now your employer. Being educated and technology oriented is today's reality. Thank you for sharing your story on the worldpulse platform.

Julia O
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 10, 2014

Hi Hulani, I really enjoyed reading your post! It was heart warming. I especially liked two points you made: 1. I liked how you described your realization that tangible things can be built from technology. I totally agree with you and I think it was an important moment for me too when I realized that things like blog posts or World Pulse are tangible and can have important impacts; 2. I liked your point at the end about mothers passing their knowledge of technology on to their kids. I think it goes even further than that though - we can all pass on our technological knowledge to each other and learn from that.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I loved how your persistence got you a job :) Best wishes, Julia

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 20, 2014

Dear Hulani, I totally agree with you that empowering women to use technology will surely change the face of technology. Thank you for sharing and i know many women out there will be inspired by your story.