Thinking Aloud: Making Women's Month Celebration Inclusive

Paulina Nayra
Posted January 27, 2021 from Philippines
Members of the Regional Gender and Development Committee of Eastern Visayas, Philippines meet to plan for the 2021 Women's Month celebration.

 

A month from now, the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day and in the Philippines , the National Women’s Month for the whole month of March. All eyes are set for March with a myriad of activities undertaken by different groups in the country and across time zones. Can you imagine how busy the internet will be when everyone is zooming, meeting, teaming and on every available digital platform.  Yes, we will be busy. We can connect with each other. We can interact with one another across the ocean  despite the pandemic. We can reach more audiences. But not everyone.

We may be carrying half the sky but majority of women and men have no access to the internet. The digital divide is more glaring these days. Even those with access have difficulty attending virtual meetings and webinars due to poor internet connection.

“Hello ... hello ... can you hear me? Sorry I got dc”. Disconnected.

How can we reach those who are disconnected from the digital world, those  living in the rural areas and the only source of information are the mainstream television programs with  more time for advertisements than program and very little development information?

How do we expand our audiences beyond our networks and get out of the comfort of talking with the converted to ensure that those who need the information more are reached?

Thinking aloud for an inclusive celebration of International Women's Day and Women's Month. 

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Susu Mohamed
Jan 27
Jan 27

Dear paulina
Thank you for your information we still facing networking challenges while sometimes working from home in somalia.
I appreciate your community service.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 28
Jan 28

We are in the same boat Susu. But we just have to keep going and think of ways on how to reach people.

You take care. Thanks for the appreciation.
Huggs.

Nini Mappo
Jan 28
Jan 28

Hello Paulina,
Thank you for inviting us inside your meaningful thoughts to create and build communities together. I didn't know/had forgotten all about women's day, so it is good to have this your timely reminder to ignite some creativity on my part. Thank you!

Paulina Nayra
Jan 28
Jan 28

Dear Nini,
Celebrating women's day is a big thing in the Philippines that's why the celebration lasts for a month :-). We do take this seriously :-)
Huggs.

Nabila Abbas
Jan 28
Jan 28

Thank you for sharing

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 28
Jan 28

Dear Paulina,
So very true, we need to figure out this digital divide, make access a priority. The connections we have are so wonderful, but not enough when it still means so many are still left out. It hit home even more strongly recently, knowing that you have been suddenly cut out of meetings, or not able to get in. I love that with World Pulse sisters, this extending and equalizing of access remains a priority, so many reaching further and deeper to have everyone have access. An important reminder.

Rojin
Jan 29
Jan 29

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Poor internet connection is indeed a challenge especially to those individuals living in rural areas. May they find a better internet connection

Paulina Nayra
Jan 30
Jan 30

Yeah, a third world problem. Hopefully, the third telco can solce this but not at the expense of our national security. You know what I mean.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hello Ate Paulina, great write up on the digital divide. Thanks for calling our attention to this burning issue which affects mostly men and women in .
rural areas.
Very true on difficulty attending virtual meetings and webinars due to poor internet connections.
Please permit me share this idea with other networks with whom I work so together we can come up with solutions on this important issue which will ensure women's day celebration inclusive.
Hugs and love****
Regina

Paulina Nayra
Jan 30
Jan 30

Yes, Regina. What are the creative ways we can include those who have no access to the internet be part of the conversation during this pandemic when our travels are restricted. Let’s find ways.

Busayo Obisakin
Jan 29
Jan 29

Dear Pauline
You are very right my Sister! Access to internet becomes so important now like life at this time. Inclusive celebration of International Women Day would be awesome! Thank you for your important thought.
Love
Busayo

Beth Lacey
Jan 29
Jan 29

Paulina, this is a big challenge to tackle, but I think this pandemic is bringing the value and the need for access to the forefront. Hopefully some progress will be made. Nice to see you at the Encourager Party today

maeann
Jan 30
Jan 30

Ate Pauline,

How can we reach those who are disconnected from the digital world? A question that we should include in the coming years.

I sometimes want to be disconnected from the digital world just to have space. But, when you need to raise a voice, and bring a change I need to be online.