Motherboard

Paulina Nayra
Posted April 30, 2019 from Philippines
The motherboard looks like a village with various community structures. (1/1)

Motherboard. This is the name of the internet facility that I wish to put up where women and girls can learn how to use a computer, surf the internet for knowledge and solutions, share their thoughts and stories to the world, engage the market to grow their businesses and best of all interact and be in solidarity with sisters all over the world.  This dream has been percolating in my heart for years, for more than a decade in fact.

I have seen the wonders of information and communication technology ever since I was introduced to it in the early 1990s. I voraciously embraced the platform by browsing for ideas and solutions that will help empower women and girls. In fact, the modules of the "Empowering Girls Project" which taught life skills and reproductive health to more than 600 young women and girls in Tacloban City were adapted from a project implemented in Africa. Without information technology, we won't be able to learn about good practices in other parts of the world and access information resources that can help us in our work. Without ICT, I won't be able to find World Pulse and become a Fellow of the Voice of Our Future Correspondent 2011 which encouraged me to share my story, hone my writing skills and best of all connect with amazing, strong and talented women from the different parts of the world. The training gave me the confidence to get my own domain and create the Women Champion Online blog, where I write and share about stories, tools, and resources that nurture the champion in every woman. I realized the empowering contribution of ICT when I wrote about the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act, I received 143 inquiries about child support, how to file a case, abandonment, physical and verbal abuse, legal remedies, among others from Filipino women VAW survivors from the different parts of the country. Women are hungry for information that will improve their welfare and protect them. They need to know where to get help. They resort to social media to seek support when they are confused about what to do and would confide more to a sympathetic stranger than to someone who lives close to them to protect their privacy.

I remember one late evening when a sister from Africa posted about her anxiety. She couldn't sleep, she feels hurt and her blood pressure was rising. I offered to teach her community resiliency model (CRM) skills right on FB Messenger right there and then until she felt calm. By the end of our chat, Sister N suggested that she would like to teach the skills to others. Isn't that beautiful?

ICT also helps us promote and sell the products of women microentrepreneurs who have limited access to markets just like the roscas (rusk bread) makers of my mother's hometown in Barugo, Leyte.

My internet presence was already picking up when super typhoon Haiyan devastated our town and city on the morning of November 8, 2013. Tacloban and Palo were on ground zero. Thousands lost their homes. We did not have electricity for four (4) months. Actually, our internet connection at home has not been restored until now. Internet service is unstable.

Hope is not lost, though. The enthusiasm to connect with the world and use ICT to improve our lives prevails. ICT connects us. Makes us understand our world better. It helps us appreciate our diversity and enhances our humanity.  

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This story was written in response to #GirlsinICTDay.

 

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May 01
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Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

Wow, Paulina!

What an inspiring story and mission. I can't wait for you to realize your center, and what a fabulous name, too:-) I'm looking forward to hearing updates about it, and see the whole process unfolding, too. I also love your story about how you inspired an African sister through ICT. Great job, dear!

I hope you're having a great day, and week!

Paulina Nayra
May 01
May 01

Thank you for the encouragement sister. Now that I have released my motherboard dream from my thoughts, the universe will likely respond sooner or later. And you'll hear about it. Huggs.

Jill Langhus
May 02
May 02

You're welcome! Too true:-)

Great!!!

XX

Maya Iwata
May 01
May 01

Paulina,
Love the name of your future internet center- Motherboard! Thank you for sharing. As a former social worker, I was delighted to hear that you offered Sister N to teach her community resiliency model (CRM) skills and inspired her to want to learn this technique to help others. Look forward to hearing more. Warmest wishes,

Paulina Nayra
May 04
May 04

Dear Maya,
Your encouragement makes me want to write more :-). Is CRM commonly used in your practice?

Kay Link
May 02
May 02

Motherboard! What a great name to center ICT efforts and also for framing the importance of women in technology. I hope to see your dream flourish and become a reality.

Paulina Nayra
May 04
May 04

Dear Kay,
Yes, I can see the signage now. Motherboard flashing :-)
Thanks for the wishes Kay.
Huggs.

Jensine Larsen
May 02
May 02

I love love this story so much. Love the title, love your vision, love you Paulina!!

Paulina Nayra
May 04
May 04

Thank you so much for the inspiring comment Jensine.
Tight huggs to you for creating this amazing platform for all of us,

Rathin Bhattacharjee

Dear Madam Pauline,
I was just going through the email from the World Pulse, Ma'am Pauline, when I chanced upon your informative and excellent piece of writing. I need to read it once more, more carefully, to be able to comment properly. For the time being, let me just say that as long as there are courageous, considerate, compassionate people like you, there is still hope for our world.
God bless you. May all your dreams come true.
With regards and best wishes,
Sincerely,
Rathin Bhattacharjee

Paulina Nayra
May 12
May 12

Thanks for the encouraging feedback RNB. And let me say this: as long as there are men who are concerned about women welfare and are partners in achieving women empowerment, then gender equality is not remote.

Huggs.

Hello, my dear Ate Pauline,

Reading your post makes me so proud and honored to meet , hug you and call you my "Ate". This is such a great idea! I know you can realize this dream because that is who you are. You taught me CRM, too. How do you make yourself so memorable in every sister you met? I wish our paths will cross once again. Oh, I know. I can always visit you in Palo, Leyte in the future. Hugs, Ate. I miss you. Please keep posting!

Paulina Nayra
May 04
May 04

Miss you din Karen. I fitted the blouse you gave me and it is so sexy. You are the one memorable my dear. I felt like I watched a movie after listening to your story. It lingered in my mind the entire evening. We'll surely meet again soon. Hugggs from Palo!

Hahaha. I remember you put sexy as one of the adjectives that describe you. I don't usually open up to people I meet for the first time, but you have that gift that made me share my story to you in one sitting. Thank you for listening. See you when I see you. Hugs from Cebu! :)

Kirthi
May 04
May 04

AMAZING, Paulina! This is a very informative and important post. Thank you very much for sharing.

Paulina Nayra
May 04
May 04

Thanks for dropping by Kirthi.

Olutosin
May 06
May 06

You can do it. I am inspired. Keep on pushing things, the universe has embraced you.
Love you loads my sister dearest.

Paulina Nayra
May 06
May 06

Yes, I can do it! I can do it because my sister Tosin and all the other World Pulse sisters believe in me. And Tosin, has set the example. Thanks.

Seka
May 06
May 06

Congratulations Ate Paulina, you are fantastic. Be blessed for your good dream.
Ate Seka

Paulina Nayra
May 06
May 06

So cute to hear you calling me Ate Paulina. It is like music to my ears. thanks for the wishes.

Tamarack Verrall
May 06
May 06

Dear Pailina,
Wow! The motherboard is such a mystery to me. What a perfect plan to name your Institution "Motherboard". I am so glad to be learning from my World Pulse sisters about the internet and all we can do with it. I love learning about new centres being set up for women and girls, to learn and explore. What a great description, "a village with various community structures. Your stories of using the internet in so many ways and under such changing conditions are an inspiration. All the best in opening the Motherboard!

Paulina Nayra
May 12
May 12

Thank you Tam for taking time to read and comment on my story. Motherboard is a long cherished dream and revealing it to the whole world and having you and other sisters cheering me on is a step towards realizing it. Fingers crossed dear.

Huggs.

Sophie Ngassa
May 08
May 08

This is a laudable idea! Dear Pauline never give up!
Motherboard is the best name ever.

maeann
May 10
May 10

Happy to read your post and also im inspired....

Paulina Nayra
May 12
May 12

Glad you saw it Mae. Will look forward reading your stories, too.

Paulina Nayra
May 12
May 12

Oh yes sister Sophie. Thanks for the thumbs up. Huggs.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 14
Sep 14

Great women

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