Change at Hand: Web2.0 and women’s empowerment

Loyce
Posted September 12, 2011 from Uganda

With web2.0, the power is in my hands because it gives me the opportunity to generate and share information in my own style and design. I can write and express myself and my views freely without any one editing or influencing what I should write and not write online. I am able to connect with people and make friends I have never met worldwide and engage in topical conversations and important issues, ask questions and get feedback. On top of that web 2.0 platform is free and I don’t have to pay for space to have my content published as long as I can access internet.

Likewise, web 2.0 presents opportunities for women’s empowerment globally in that for long the mainstream media has suffocated women’s issues and concerns by either ignoring or giving them little attention. Web 2.0 therefore offers an alternative media for women to bring out their voices and concerns to the world. Women can now write, report and publish news on and about women as they unfold in their communities and bring their views in the global arena thus exposing under reported issues that are affecting women as well as creating awareness. As a result several issues affecting women have been exposed for example Shekina’s story of beast ironing in Cameroon on her Pulsewire blog, Noha Atef blog which exposed human rights abuses and censorship in Egypt, Halima Rahman personal experience with female genital mutilation and many more stories.

Further more, web2.0 enables women across the world to connect, collaborate, share information, ideas and strategies online. By doing this, women are organising, building movements and online communities such as Pulsewire, Ushahidi to name just a few and hence creating a critical mass of change markers around the world. All in all Web2.0 has offered me an opportunity to learn and acquire new knowledge and skills; connect and make friends with people from different walks of life and share ideas. I have been empowered to participate in generation of woman-centered content online and share it with people worldwide. I have now have a voice, a voice that brings grassroot women's experiences and realities to the global sphere.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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Carlotta
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

You write very well Loyce. And i share your joy at the freedom to write what's on our minds without anyone editing and telling you they do not like your 'angle'.

Loyce
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Hi Carlotta,

Thanks for appreciating my writing. I come from a profession background which did not involve writing skills and i am glad to know that my writing skills have improved. Web 2.0 Oyee!!!!!

Loyce

JudyR
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011

Hello Ioyce,

Your writing is clear, concise and full of excitement for the possibilities that Web 2.0 brings. I think you covered all of the main points and I also like that since Web 2.0 is free - it is open to all women who are able to access the internet.

Your new friend, Judy Portland, Oregon USA

Loyce
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011

Dearest Judy,

Thank you for your comment, yes web 2.0 has open many doors for women. I some times feel sad that many women in developing countries like my country Uganda who live in rural areas have no access to internet. Let me share with you a story about the ICT training I conducted with the grassroots women in eastern Uganda. Their stories and voices are quiet interesting. http://loycek.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/womenicts-and-violence/

Lots of love Loyce

Derinho
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

"I have been empowered to participate in generation of woman-centered content online and share it with people worldwide."

I couldn't agree more, Loyce. Nothing beats the power Web 2.0 is giving women as ambassadors of change in their communities. Thank you for pointing this out.

Cheers! Derinho.

Loyce
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

Derinho,

Its a fact, very soon, the internet will be full of facts and figures on and about women.

Loyce

Susan Spencer
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 23, 2011

Dear Loyce,

I appreciate the clarity of your writing and the thoughtfulness of the content. I am glad you addressed the opportunity that Web 2.0 provides as a counterpoint to mainstream media in building awareness of important issues. I agree with you that Web 2.0 can enable more and more women to be agents of change in their own communities and beyond.

I wish you great success in your important work.

All the best, Susa

Loyce
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011

Dear Susan,

Thanks for your comment, Web2.0 presents has open gates for women. What we need is to enhance their capacity so that they can effectively utilize it especially developing countries

Loyce