A Fingertip Away: A click Away: Refusing to be silenced

Leonida Odongo
Posted September 26, 2017 from Kenya
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I’ve often marvelled at the media. It has the power to build or destroy communities .It has the power to spur people to demand change and to raise the consciousness of the people about their situations. It has the power to mobilise support and ideas for transformation.

In my country Kenya, the media has transformed over the years and with the number of people utilising the media for various uses increasing by the day. Personally I have utilised the power of the media to share information and consciousness of communities, I have also used the media to mobilise for global solidarity.

The media is powerful evidenced by the Global March against Trump, solidarity with Filipinos against extra judicial killings on the” war on drugs”, mobilisation to demand justice for slain human rights lawyer in Kenya (I am Willie), to the Monsanto Tribunal. The media provides me with freedom to think and share out my thoughts .It provides space to influence the way people look at things and to seek alternative perspectives. I like to use twitter to alert people on what is happening, follow debates and get information. I post community conversations that I organise on Facebook to let people know what grassroots voices are saying.

The media has enabled my thoughts to appear on progressive platforms such as:

Pambazuka News (https://www.pambazuka.org/author/leonida-odongo

https://www.pambazuka.org/food-health/food-crisis-weaving-web-peoples%E2%80%99-resistance-corporate-capture-agriculture

Black Agenda Report

https://www.pambazuka.org/food-health/food-crisis-weaving-web-peoples%E2%80%99-resistance-corporate-capture-agriculture

Women and Climate Action International

http://wecaninternational.org/pages/actions2016/1559

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

https://business-humanrights.org/en/commentary-intl-cooperation-necessary-to-strengthen-awareness-of-local-climate

Yes we need not go to media school to learn how to write, we can all be writers in our own small ways.When we amplify what we do through the media , we not only change ourselves but the world around us.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Hi Leonida. Thanks for sharing your story on the positive impact the media can have on our lives. I agree than it can be a powerful medium, when it is used appropriately, wisely, and positively, but it seems like quite often it isn't. 

Beth Lacey
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 28, 2017

I love your thoughts on this, Leonida.  I think the media is an incredibly powerful tool- that comes with great responsibility. 

Beth

Enmita Marin
Oct 10, 2017
Oct 10, 2017

Hi Leonida. Thanks for sharing, and you are so right. The media are helping to make more visuable a lot of social problems that appear more "secret" before media. Facebook, Twitter, and others are a way to protest. As women we should take this tools and use it well. 

maeann
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

Hi Leonida,

I so agree and let us continue to use the social media to reach more women, to be heard and to unite one voice for rights and equality.